Bodour Al Qasimi holds first joint meeting to promote publishing ecosystem in UAE

SBA’s newly formed board of directors hold first meeting to devise transformative strategies  that will guide the organisation’s future contributions to the UAE and the world

03:36 PM | 5 Nov, 2023
Bodour Al Qasimi holds first joint meeting to promote publishing ecosystem in UAE

SHARJAH - The newly formed board of directors of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) had their inaugural meeting on the sidelines of the ongoing 42nd edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF 2023).

During the meeting, they discussed a roadmap for enhancing the effectiveness of the authority's initiatives and partnerships in promoting the development of the publishing ecosystem not only in the UAE but also beyond its borders. 

Welcoming the board members, Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the SBA, expressed her gratitude towards the exemplary vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, that led to the creation of the SBA to “enhance investment in creative industries, to provide a platform for knowledge and intellectual exchange between different nations and cultures, and facilitate the creation of a knowledge-based society”.

Sharjah Book Authority is ready to make a greater positive impact, regionally and globally.

“Today, we feel that SBA is ready to go to the next level; a level where it can have a greater positive impact and contribute more to the development of the book industry in Sharjah, the region, and globally”, the SBA Chairperson further noted.  

 Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi invited the board members to leverage their expertise, and networks while offering guidance to navigate this new transformation and enabling SBA to become one of the leading global organisations in the book industry.

International Board members attending the meeting included John Ingram, Chairman of Ingram Content Group, Youngsuk ‘YS’ Chi, Chairman of Elsevier, Markus Dohle, Executive Vice President of the PEN America Board of Trustees, and Gaurav Shrinagesh, CEO India and South East Asia and Member Global Executive Committee, Penguin Random House.

The local members present were HE Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, CEO of SBA, Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Emirates Airlines Divisional Senior Vice-President (DSVP) for International Affairs; HE Abdulaziz Taryam, CEO, Advisor and General Manager of (Etisalat e&) Northern Emirates; HE Abdulla Al Owais, Chair of the Department of Culture; and HE Abdulaziz Al Musallam, Chairman of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage; Rashid Al Kous, Executive Director of the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA); Marwa Al Aqroubi, Executive Director of the House of Wisdom and President of the UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY). 

 The creation of a knowledge-based society enhances the cultural and economic landscape of the UAE, and beyond.

Giving a detailed presentation to the assembled board, HE Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, SBA CEO, provided comprehensive insight into SBA’s nine-year journey, highlighting how SBA’s work has strengthened Sharjah’s cultural contribution to the UAE and the world. 

Further, in response to the vision of HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, he shared details of SBA’s inspiring strategic initiatives, conferences, events, projects, and awards that have created and supported a love for the culture of reading in the UAE, and contributed to Sharjah’s mission to become a knowledge-based society, while empowering international exchange through the power of the written word. 

Al Ameri also demonstrated the increasing economic impact of the projects SBA has implemented, stating that from 2019-2022, as SBA and the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) have grown in stature, contributions to the local economy and national GDP have also increased as indicated by the growth in direct spending on printing, publishing, writing activities as well as indirect spending on hotel stays, restaurants, transportation and advertising. 

The meeting concluded with a strategy workshop and a roadmap discussion, followed by a tour of the SBA facility. 

 A key player in the UAE’s cultural scene and beyond, the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) designs and executes a major share of Sharjah’s influential and globally admired book-publishing programme. The authority has nine entities under its umbrella managing about 15 cultural projects, from specialised conferences to book fairs, a reading festival to different Awards aimed at encouraging and supporting writers, publishers, illustrators and more. 

SBA’s initiatives such as the Sharjah Publishers Conference, the Booksellers Conference, the Sharjah Rights Connections Award, the Sharjah Publishing City Free Zone (SPC Free Zone), Lightning Source Sharjah, Sharjah Literary Agency, and many others are adding value to the publishing ecosystem by creating a cultural and business bridge between Sharjah and all major publishing hubs around the world. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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