Books attract the young and the old alike

MUSCAT: An annual event every reading enthusiast looks forward to is in full swing. About 180,000 titles from 24 countries are available at the 20th Muscat International Book Fair.

On the very first day the Oman International Exhibition Centre was bustling with activities after the fair was opened to the public. There are cultural events planned out throughout the day and especially in the evenings at the main hall of the exhibition.

While on Thursday the talks were based on science and inventions, Friday will see a symposium on ‘Qamoos Al Sharia Book’ followed by an evening of poetry. On Fridays the Fair will be open only for the evening session.

In addition, to general readers and buyers from educational institutions, school and college students have been arriving in groups to explore the Book Fair which has grown in size over the years. At present, 44 publishing houses and book shops locally based and internationally, attract the customers with the best of works.

The 872 pavilions have different themes as well. Two new features of this year’s Fair are the ‘Guest of Honour,’ space that has been allocated for Nizwa, The Islamic Cultural Capital 2015. The stall tastefully decorated is show casing the book called Nizwa, authored by Mohammed Al Zubair, published by BAZ Publishing.

252986The book takes the reader on a pictorial journey through Nizwa’s rich history from ancient architecture to modern day developments ranging from agriculture, trade, religion and natural resources that have flourished in Nizwa for centuries. The other new addition is the Galees Media Centre organised by the Muscat International Book Fair Committee 2015.

“You can be anywhere and access our search engine to go through the titles available here. All you have to do is access and look for the book they require. There are many filters — it could be the author, title, or the published year. From here they can also know about the top 10 books people have been searching for. There is a facility to search in English language as well,” explains Ahmed Al Nabhani from the Media Centre.

The Diwan of the Royal Court, meanwhile, has their latest book which has been just published a month ago attracting lot of attention. The book, The Arabian Leopards of Oman authored by Andrew Spalton and Hadi al Hikmani has an in depth detailed study of the Arabian Leopard and its historical importance giving the reader an understanding of the significance of this national heritage.


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