Muscat, Feb 17 (ONA) --- Dr. Abdulmonam bin Mansoor al-Hasani, Minister of Information, today held a press conference during which he outlined programmes of the 25th round of Muscat International Book Fair, which will take place from 22 February to 2 March 2020.
Speaking in his capacity as Head of Muscat International Book Fair Committee, Dr. Abdulmonam said, “It is under the directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik that Sayyid Shihab bin Tarik al-Said, Adviser to His Majesty the Sultan, will preside over the Book Fair’s inaugural ceremony at 7 pm on Saturday at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.”
Al-Hasani pointed out that the personality of the late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos will be the focal topic of the cultural programme of this year’s edition of the Book Fair whose theme will evolve around the philosophy of Omani Renaissance set to track by the late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. The seminars and other activities of the cultural programme to be held on the sidelines of the Book Fair will look into the ‘crème de la crème’ of the late Sultan’s efforts.
A keynote signature of the inaugural ceremony will be the launch of “Oman Across Ages” encyclopedia, which explores Omani history, right from prehistoric epochs till the modern age, said the Minister of Information, noting that this encyclopedia is considered a great addition that will benefit researchers, historians and other people interested in the Omani history.
The Governorate of Musandam will be the Guest of Honour in this year’s version of the Book Fair, said al-Hasani.
As many as 946 publishing houses will participate in the Book Fair, an increase of 64 over last year’s round, in addition to an extra 184 pavilions, said the Minister of Information.
Speaking about international media coverage of the event, Dr. Abdulmonam said that Muscat International Book Fair, being the Sultanate’s top cultural extravaganza, will see the participation of 25 Arab and international media establishments, which will cover the Book Fair through the writings and reportage of 50 journalists who will work alongside media personnel from within the Sultanate.
A special Centre called “Jalees” will provide the media with information and daily reports about the event and it will also accord importance to children’s participation in the coverage, said the Minister of Information.
This year’s edition of the Book Fair will include 86 cultural activities, said Sheikh Hamad bin Hilal al-Ma’amari, noting that these will include 15 seminars, 11 lectures, 7 poetry sessions, 10 dialogue sessions and 31 workshops, among others. Twenty-four public and private establishments will participate in the event alongside civil society institutions.
Yusuf bin Ibrahim al-Balushi, Director of Muscat International Book Fair, said that four fully-equipped halls will house the cultural activities, in addition to other sections for children’s cultural contributions.