SBA highlights Sharjah's role in advancing children's literature at Bologna Children's Book Fair 2023 

Web Desk 06:06 PM | 9 Mar, 2023
SBA highlights Sharjah's role in advancing children's literature at Bologna Children's Book Fair 2023 

BOLONGA - Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) has presented a vivid picture of Sharjah’s and the UAE's leading strategies and innovations in advancing the children's book industry to participants of Bologna Children's Book Fair 2023.

 At the SBA pavilion, the publications of several local cultural entities as well as publishers, including Al Qasimi Publications, the Department of Culture in Sharjah, Arab Children's Book Publisher Forum, the UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY), and Kalimat Group, offered a large number of visitors key insights into their integrated efforts to promote children’s publishing as well as readership, locally and worldwide. Italian and international cultural representatives explored this rich collection including translated titles while also being introduced to the Arab and Emirati culture.

 HE Ahmed bin Rakkad al Ameri, Chairman of SBA headed the delegation and engaged in key meetings and discussions with book fair officials, publishing associations and institutions. He met with Karine Pansa, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA) and held a meeting with Nihar Malaviya, CEO of Penguin Random House. He also met with an advisor and former CEO of Penguin Random House, Markus Dohle.

 The SBA Chairman noted: “Participating in this book fair, which celebrated Sharjah as Guest of Honour in the very recent past, further propels the emirate's cultural project, founded by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to build cultural bridges around the world”.

 “SBA is particularly keen on participating in international events focused on instilling a culture of reading amongst children, as this aligns with our efforts to develop the children’s and YA literature. Children's book fairs offer an important platform for industry stakeholders with fresh opportunities to produce innovative content that young readers would relate to and actively engage with. Through the Sharjah Children's Reading Festival (SCRF), for instance, SBA has amassed key learnings on the growing importance of children's book fairs. Each year, we strive to bring more publishers and authors into SCRF’s fold so they can benefit from the myriad opportunities it provides to content makers,” he added. 

SBA took the opportunity to highlight preparations for the upcoming 14th annual edition of the SCRF, alongside offering a comprehensive overview of the robust avenues and unique prospects it offers to those working in the children's books industry, like the Arab Children's Book Publisher Forum initiatives, and others.

The authority highlighted the emirate's advanced infrastructure and the opportunities it provides for the creative industries through global platforms like the Sharjah International Book Fair, and educated participants about significant events like the Publishers Conference it hosts to present new opportunities for translation projects and cultural exchange. SBA also highlighted the advanced infrastructure and tax-free incentives offered by Sharjah Publishing City Free Zone to publishers worldwide, in addition to protecting copyright through the Sharjah International Literature Agency.

For his part, Mansour Al Hassani, Director of Publisher Services at SBA, said: “We discussed emerging opportunities offered by SBA to publishers and book distributors we met in Bologna, and analysed ways we can strengthen collaboration and develop effective mechanisms to address challenges and advance the publishing industry. We also focused on attracting the largest possible number of participants to attend the Sharjah Book Sellers Conference, Publishers Conference, and other events designed by SBA to serve and promote this vital sector.”

Sharjah participated in the 59th edition of the Bologna Children's Book Fair last year as the Guest of Honour. It organised a comprehensive cultural programme, including panel discussions, art workshops for children's book illustrators, and an exhibition of children's book illustrations by Emirati artists. 

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on June 5, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on June 5, 2023 (Monday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 300 303
Euro EUR 321 325
UK Pound Sterling GBP 375.5 380
U.A.E Dirham AED 82 83
Saudi Riyal SAR 80 81.2
Australian Dollar AUD 202 204
Bahrain Dinar BHD 758.24 766.24
Canadian Dollar CAD 228 230
China Yuan CNY 40.18 40.58
Danish Krone DKK 41.16 41.56
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.39 36.74
Indian Rupee INR 3.45 3.56
Japanese Yen JPY 2 2.08
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 927 936
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.94 62.54
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.16 175.16
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 740.5 748.5
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.37 79.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 220 222
Swedish Korona SEK 26.36 26.66
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 8.21 8.36

Today's gold rates in Pakistan | gold price in Pakistan – June 5, 2023

Gold Rate In Pakistan Today:

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 230,800 on Monday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,190.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs180,756 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 210,832.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Gold Price in Pakistan: Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Karachi PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Islamabad PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Peshawar PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Quetta PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Sialkot PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Attock PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Gujranwala PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Jehlum PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Multan PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Bahawalpur PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Gujrat PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Nawabshah PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Chakwal PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Hyderabad PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Nowshehra PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Sargodha PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Faisalabad PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Mirpur PKR 230,800 PKR 2125


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