Sana’a International Book Fair opened [Archives:2005/878/Local News]

September 19 2005

SANAA, Sep. 17- Yemen vice-president Abdrabeh Mansour Hadi Thursday opened the 22nd session of Sana'a International Book Fair held at Expo Center for international exhibitions. Taking part in the fair are 360 Arab and foreign publishing houses from twenty countries. The fair continues open until 28 September.

The minister of culture and tourism of Yemen, large number of officials, and representatives of diplomatic missions in Sana'a attended the inauguration event.

Yemen minister of culture and tourism Khalid al-Ruwaishan has said about 7% of books on exhibition are recent issuances meeting scientific, social, literary and religious demand of readers, beside children books and electronic chips to be sold with acceptable prices.

Students visiting the fair told Yemen Times they were unable to buy scientific books in the fair because of their high prices. Selling of books in the first days was mainly to establishments, organizations, and little individual purchasing.

Egyptian and Saudi Arabia publishing houses are among the prominent participants in the fair. The ministry of culture is to hold an extensive cultural program during the days of the book fair, taking part in it a number of Saudi men of letters in addition to poetical evenings by the Jordanian poet Tahir al-Riadh beside a number of poets and intellectuals from different countries.

It is usual that religious books are prevalent in these fairs against the scientific books due to increased selling of religious books in Yemen.