Prince Mishal Bin Majed, Governor of Jeddah and head of the supreme committee for Jeddah International Book Fair, inspected the final preparations for upcoming annual event ahead of its inauguration on Wednesday.
Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal is scheduled to open the fourth edition of the book fair, which will last for 10 days.
Prince Mishal toured the venue of the book fair, spread over 25,000 square meters in South Obhur.
The prince urged the team organizing the event to make all needed arrangements and finish the preparations in the best way possible.
Prince Mishal stressed the importance of collaborated efforts by related authorities to ensure the success of the event, which is under the support of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to serve cultural diversity and to strengthen “a sense of belonging to the book”.
About 400 publishing houses from Saudi Arabia and 40 foreign countries will participate in the fair, which will continue until Jan. 5.
The event will include different cultural events. It is expected that the annual book fair will attract 50,000 visitors daily, thus enhancing the Kingdom’s ability to host major events.
The event will feature sculptures of Saudi artists along with many works of art and paintings by professional painters.
Other artworks will be exhibited outside the location of the book fair on the shore of the Red Sea.
This year, the exhibition will witness more innovation and diversity in knowledge enrichment and awareness.
It also aims at educating society in a way that will encourage them to read more and to celebrate books.
The third edition of the book festival, which ended on Dec. 24, 2017, had received a tremendous response from the reading public.
About 500 publishing houses from 42 countries offered as many as 200,000 titles for visitors. Some 150 of the publishing houses were attending the Jeddah Book Fair for the fist time.
The 10-day event, with the theme “Book is culture,” also witnessed around 50 diverse cultural programs and activities.