Exclusive Dh6,500 visa package for publishers as Sharjah International Book Fair 2023 kicks off

06:43 PM | 4 Nov, 2023
Exclusive Dh6,500 visa package for publishers as Sharjah International Book Fair 2023 kicks off

SHARJAH - In a bid to facilitate book lovers from across the world, Sharjah Publishing City Free Zone has introduced investor visas with tons of advantages.

The exclusive package in this regard enables prospective entrepreneurs to acquire a business license and an investor visa for Dh6,500.

The ‘Limited-time Publishers Startup Package’, comprises a Business License, Memorandum of Association, Lease Agreement, Certificate of Formation, Share Certificate, E-Channel Registration, Establishment Card, Medicals and Emirates ID, designed to accommodate up to seven shareholders.

The announcement comes as publishers and bibliophiles gather for the 42nd edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), taking place at the Sharjah Expo Center from November 1 to 12.

The exclusive packages for publishers and entities in the cultural sector are poised to help all those who share a love for knowledge and wisdom and have a vision for a modern and enlightened future.

Commenting on the discounted offer, Mansour Al Hassani, Director of Publisher Services at the Sharjah Book Authority and Acting Director of SPC Free Zone, said they were dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and flexible, practical solutions to meet the needs of publishers. 

He also highlighted the unique opportunities for all those working in the publishing and creative industries to access exclusive advantages tailored for participants in this event.

Hassani elaborated that SPC Free Zone will continue its mission to support publishers and enhance its status as a hub for nurturing the creative and publishing industry, providing a conducive environment for creativity, knowledge exchange, and raising the quality of educational and cultural content, Gulf News reported.

It bears mentioning that the SPC Free Zone serves as the central hub for 1,500 publishers and investors belonging to over 40 countries and keeps a focus on promoting literacy initiatives and fostering learning through strategic partnerships with government and private entities.

Moreover, SPC Free Zone is also home to Lightning Source Sharjah which is a large-scale print-on-demand facility in the Middle East and North Africa.

As far as the ongoing Sharjah International Book Fair is concerned, it will host 2033 publishers from 108 countries, who will be showcasing more than 1.5 million titles.

This year’s mega event - like every year - will see 1700 activities featuring 215 guests from 69 countries. The event also boasts renowned names to participate including Nigerian author Wole Soyinka, Malcolm Timothy Gladwell, Thomas Erikson, Mohsin Hamid, Sunitha Williams, Monika Halan, and Vivian James Rigney.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal – March 3, 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 3, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.3 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 3, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.3 282.45
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89


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