New Delhi book fair vis­i­tors get a crash course in Arab cul­ture

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sharjah — As guest of hon­our at the 27th edi­tion of the New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF 2019), Sharjah took vis­i­tors on a jour­ney that show­cased Arab and Emi­rati cul­ture. The fair saw the launch of Hindi and English trans­la­tions of the novel

by His High­ness Dr Sheikh Sul­tan bin Mo­hammed Al Qasimi, Mem­ber of the Supreme Coun­cil and Ruler of Sharjah.

The nine-day book fair that ended on Jan­uary 13 saw Sharjah put up a pavil­ion which fea­tured the emi­rate’s prom­i­nent chil­dren’s books pub­lish­ers, and other cul­tural and aca­demic en­ti­ties.

Vis­i­tors to the fair lined up to have copies of 57 Hindi trans­la­tions of works by Emi­rati au­thors at a book-sign­ing cer­e­mony. The Sharjah pavil­ion hosted hun­dreds of In­dian vis­i­tors at their special cal­lig­ra­phy booth. Emi­rati cal­lig­ra­pher Khalid Al Jal­laf pre­sented them with art­works de­pict­ing their names and other mes­sages writ­ten in sev­eral forms of Ara­bic cal­lig­ra­phy in­clud­ing Thu­luth, Di­wani and Naskh Is­lamic scripts.

In­dian crowds gath­ered at New Delhi’s key land­marks, such as the In­dia Gate, malls like DLF Prom­e­nade Mall and NDWBF grounds in Pra­gati Maidan to en­joy tra­di­tional Emi­rati dances.

Through more than 25 cul­tural events, the emi­rate show­cased the cul­tural vi­sion of Sharjah, which lays special em­pha­sis on bring­ing na­tions and cul­tures to­gether through vi­brant in­ter­ac­tions, and ex­change of books and knowl­edge.

A cal­lig­ra­pher show­cases his ex­per­tise at the Sharjah pavil­ion.

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