Istanbul to become global publishing center

Published 30.08.2018 00:00
Istanbul to become global publishing center

The 4th Annual Arabic Book Fair is set to be organized in Istanbul by the Media Publishing Union from Sept. 1-9.

The fair, which will be held under the slogan "Discover a New World" at Istanbul's Eurasia Exhibition and Art Center, and will see the participation of over 200 publishers from Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Algeria, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Morocco, the U.K., Italy, Iran and Iraq.

Anadolu Agency (AA) will be the event's global communications partner.

Speaking to AA, Emrah Kısakürek, the board chairman of the Media Publishing Union, said that such events are conducive to nurturing ties with the Arab world and promoting Turkish literature across the globe.

Noting that Turkey holds a favorable position in the global publishing sector, Kısakürek said: "When the new airport opens, [people] will be able to fly directly to Istanbul from all over the world. Istanbul is flourishing in this respect and is well on its way to become the center of the publishing market."

According to him, the fair will be the largest such event approved by the Arab Publishers' Association held outside any Arab country.

The union has also been providing aid to underprivileged Arab students in Turkey for purchasing of books for the last three years, Kısakürek added.

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