Preparations for the Muscat International Book Fair (MIBF) are complete and the organisers are ready to welcome book lovers to the 19th edition of the fair that will run from February 26 to March 8 at the Oman International Exhibition Centre.
With more than 500 publishers expected to participate in the event, the MIBF this year promises to be different as it will have a special focus on children’s books through a dedicated pavilion.
The organising committee of MIBF met recently under the chairmanship of Dr Abdulmunim bin Mansour bin Said al Hasani, Minister of Information, to oversee preparations.
The latest edition of the fair will witness an extensive participation from publication houses from around the world along with the presence of intellectuals and literary figures.
The organising committee will hold a press conference soon to announce details of the event.
Every year, a variety of cultural events accompany the fair. These include lectures, seminars, art exhibitions, poetry sessions and other activities catering to people with varied cultural and intellectual orientations.
The organising committee recently held a meeting with cultural organisations like the Cultural Club, Oman Photography Association, Oman Society for Theatre, Oman Society for Fine Arts, Oman Society for Libraries and the Oman Society for Cinema to finalise this year’s programmes.
The highlight this year will be the Children’s Pavilion which will promote books on contemporary literature. The pavilion will organise workshops to develop skills in children to enhance their creativity and also inculcate interest in children’s theatre. It will also be the venue for visitors to interact with a number of experts, artists, librarians, publishers, educators, and educational institutions who directly deal with children.
The organisers have also coordinated with the Ministry of Education to facilitate students’ trips to the fair. For emergencies, MIBF will provide a mini mobile medical clinic at the venue and if required transport patients to hospitals.
The visiting time for the fair will be from 10am to 10pm through the week except on Fridays when the fair will be open from 4pm till 10pm. As always, there will be a special timing for women visitors, which will be announced soon.