United Arab Emirates

Sharjah Becomes Third Arab City Named ‘UNESCO World Book Capital’

Sharjah will be the nineteenth World Book Capital, and is set to follow Athens in 2018.

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UAE Investing in Writers, Writers, (Some) Writers

When Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi declared that the saying should no longer be “Cairo writes, Beirut publishes, and Baghdad reads,” but instead some combination of Qatari and Emirati cities, many observers scoffed. Yet the Emirates is not just investing in big book fairs and big literary prizes, but also in individual writers.