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The 48th edition of the Cairo International Book Fair kicked off on Thursday, January 26, featuring 670 publishers from 35 Arab and foreign countries.
Among the participating countries are Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Tunisia, Lebanon, the Sudan, Greece, France, Germany, Italy, China, India, Russia and the United States.
Running until February 10, the fair is organised by the General Egyptian Book Organisation under the theme of ‘Youth and Future Culture’, to emphasise the role of the next generation in cultural life, given that statistics from the fair show that 65% of visitors are under 35 years old.
The fair has chosen Morocco as the Guest of Honour Nation in celebration of the country’s culture and prominent literary and intellectual figures, 60 of which are taking part in the various events and activities that are held alongside the event.
Renowned Egyptian poet Salah Abdel Sabour (1931-1981), one of Egypt’s most influential contemporary poets, was chosen as the fair’s personality of the year.