WHO
WE ARE

Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) was launched in 2014, through an Emiri decree by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. SBA's mandate includes enhancing investment in creative industries, building a platform for culture and knowledge exchange between people of the world, highlighting the importance of books in today's multimedia world and supporting the children's book industry... read more

fairs & festivals

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distribution & publishing

The first Middle Eastern distribution company to cover the whole Arab and African market, the Sharjah Book Authority will open the door for Arab writers to access the entire continent and wider world. With plans to be one of the region’s largest, fully integrated publishing and distribution organisations, readers in the Middle East will gain access to new literature by foreign authors while writers in the Middle East can access a one-stop-shop to get their work published and widely distributed.

Libraries

Sharjah Libraries

All libraries in Sharjah fall under the umbrella of the Sharjah Book Authority with an aim to ensure they are a helpful resource for everyone in the emirate. The SBA promotes the use of libraries in order to encourage reading and inter-education throughout the entire population and to encourage the use of libraries as community cultural focal points... read more

Research
Centre
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In keeping with the Sharjah Book Authority’s primary purpose to develop the printing and publishing sector and encourage investment in creative industries whilst providing a platform for knowledge and educational exchange, investment is being made in research.

Funding for specific research projects is authorised through this division of the SBA including the Translation Grant Fund. This was launched during the 30th edition of SIBF to promote the translation movement in the Arab region through cash grants awarded to publishers to help them translate their publications into other languages. The grant is valued at $1,500 for children’s books and up to $4,000 for all other titles, helping publishers cover the translation costs of the title fully or partially.

The SIBF Translation Grant receives hundreds applications every year and so far has translated .

sharjah publishing city

Sharjah Publishing City

Sharjah Publishing City is the world’s very first publishing Free Zone offering those in the book industry the opportunity to capitalize on tax free privileges while benefiting from being a wholly independently owned and operated company. Further benefits also include the ideal location, at the epicenter of the globe with all the advantages of having the MENA, African and Asian region’s marketplace to hand.. read more

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