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Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020

39th Sharjah International Book Fair will virtually connect audiences with regional luminaries from UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt, Algeria, Lebanon, Iraq  

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Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020
Arab world’s modern-day cultural pioneers, intellectuals to convene at SIBF 2020

SHARJAH - The 39th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) 2020 organised by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), under the theme ‘The World Reads form Sharjah’, is bringing together renowned Arab authors and intellectuals, who will be joining the fair virtually to lead a series of exciting literary and cultural discussions through the 11-day event, from November 4 – 14, 2020.

The entirety of this edition’s cultural programme comprising 64 events and activities will be accessible to audiences from anywhere in the world on the ‘Sharjah Reads’ virtual platform, launched by SBA to ensure active public participation in cultural events, while promoting local and global efforts to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) disease.    

Among the regional literary luminaries who will be speaking at SIBF 2020 are Algerian novelist Wasini al-A'raj, whose award-winning repertoire of Arabic and French language novels including the popular, Kitab al-Amir; and celebrated Egyptian screenwriter and novelist, Ahmed Murad, whose debut novel Vertigo (2007) has been translated in many foreign languages, and The Blue Elephant (2014) was shortlisted for the Arabic Booker award in 2014. 

One of the best short story writers in the region, Mansoura Ez Eldin, will also be joining from Egypt. Mansoura’s claim to literary fame spans several award-winning works like Shaken Light, Maryam's Maze, Shadow Specters, and Beyond Paradise, which was in the 2010 shortlist of Arabic Booker award. Her recent short story collection A Haven for Absence was shortlisted by the 2018 Al Multaqa Prize for the Arabic Short Story. 

The line-up continues with two big names from Kuwait, writer Mishel Hamad and novelist, Ahmad Al-Rifai. Hamad, who developed a passion for the written word since he was 14, runs two prestigious publications Baqaya Madina and Larubama Khaira. Al-Rifai has written four novels as well as television and radio scripts. 

Prolific Bahraini novelist, columnist and cultural influencer, Dalal Abdullah Yusuf, author of three novels, Dalal Al Masaher, Qafas Mariam and Taranim Dalal, joins the SIBF 2020 cultural programme along with her peer, Layla Mutawa. Novelist, journalist and screenwriter, Layla Mutawa, is known for using her writing to advocate for women's rights. Her works have been translated to several languages. In 2012, she released her novel My Heart is not for Sale. 

Iraqi writer, poet, academic and translator, Muhsin Al-Ramli, will be joining this stellar group representing the Arab world. Writing in both Arabic and Spanish languages, he has published over 20 works, ranging from short stories to plays, translations and novels. The English translation of his novel Scattered Crumbs won the University of Arkansas Press’ American Translation Award in 2002.  

Audiences will also be hearing from Dr Sa’eed Alsiyabi from Oman, who is the Deputy Chairman of the Cultural Club in Oman, and has been heading the Omani Theatre Association since 2011; as well as Lebanese theatre director, writer, producer, and educator, Lina Khoury. Khoury pursues her passion in theatre, TV, cinema and media production from two bases in the US and Lebanon.  

SIBF 2020 cultural programme will also be featuring prominent Emirati figures, including, novelist, poet, and critic Sultan Alameemi, who writes Nabati as well as classic Arabic poetry, and has published two novels, P.O 1003 and One Room Is Not Enough; novelist and storyteller Fatima Sultan Al Mazrouei, winner of Sultan Al Owais Cultural Award for her novel Kam’en Al Attma (Darkness Traps, 2013); Fathia Al Nimr, member of the Emirati Writers Union, author of The Moon Has another Side;  novelist Nadia Al Najjar,  winner of the SIBF Award for her novel Trio D, and the 26th edition of Sultan Al Owais Cultural Award for her story Aswat Al'alam (Voices of the World).

Homegrown novelist and storyteller, Iman Al Yousef, whose work Guard of the Sun won first place in the 2016 Emirates Novel Award; and Emirati academic and writer Dr. Rehab Alkilani, who explores cultural issues, literature and art through novels, stories and cinema, and also writes for children, will be joining the line-up. 

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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 February 9, 2023 (Thursday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 276.9 280.15
Euro EUR 294.7 297.7
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331 334.2
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.3 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.2 73.9
Australian Dollar AUD 191.3 193.7
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.35 740.35
Canadian Dollar CAD 205 207.2
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.43
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2 2.16
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.63 175.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.42
Omani Riyal OMR 715.53 723.57
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 298.06 300.56
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs193,700 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs166,070.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

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.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Karachi PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Islamabad PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Peshawar PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Quetta PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Sialkot PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Attock PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Gujranwala PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Jehlum PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Multan PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Bahawalpur PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Gujrat PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Nawabshah PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Chakwal PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Hyderabad PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Nowshehra PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Sargodha PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Faisalabad PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Mirpur PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350

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