CAIRO: The 46th round of Cairo International Book Fair has kicked off Wednesday where Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and a number of ministers have attended the inauguration ceremony.
Mahlab and the ministers visited different halls in the International Fairgrounds, where the book fair has long been hosted. This year’s book fair is the fourth to be held since the January 25 Revolution.
During the inauguration, Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Egypt Shaheen Abdel Layef expressed his happiness with his country’s first participation in the book fair, and told Youm7 that Egypt will be invited to Azerbaijan’s coming book fair.
Bishop Botros Daniel, head of the Catholic Center for Cinema, told Youm7 that the opening of the fair indicates Egypt’s stability.
After the inauguration ceremony, the book fair was opened for public amid intensified security measures. Youm7 has reported huge public turnout since the early morning of Wednesday.
The fair’s events will be held through February 12, with the participation of 850 publishers. It also hosts 26 Arab, African and European countries, compared to 14 in the previous round.
This year, Saudi Arabia has been chosen as the “guest of honor” where a space was allocated at the book fair for the Saudi pavilion.
The fair is opened everyday for visitors from 10 am to 7 pm, and cultural events are to extend to 9 pm.
Additional reporting by Alaa Othman, Nabila Magdi, Belal Ramadan and Sara Abdel Mohsen.