About The Sharjah World Book Capital 2019

What is the World Book Capital?

The UNESCO World Book Capital program is an initiative, launched in 1996, that seeks to encourage and promote publishing activities at the local and global levels by nominating for a one-year period the best city program aimed at promoting books. The initiative aims to promote peace, cultural enrichment, and intercultural dialogue through education, communication and information sharing.

The Sharjah World Book Capital 2019

Sharjah was named World Book Capital for the year 2019 by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) under the recommendation of the two Advisory Committee members: The International Publishers Associations (IPA) and The International Federation of Library Association and Institutions (IFLA).

Sharjah has been selected by these esteemed pillars as recognition of the city’s continuous efforts in promoting books and literacy. Known as the City of Knowledge, it has fast established itself as the source for the region’s growing publishing sector, and has become the hub for most book related events and organizations in the UAE.

The nomination for 2019 was also due to the city’s innovative, comprehensive and inclusive proposal to the World Book Capital initiative. The yearlong program focuses on the inclusivity of all members of the community. It contains creative proposals to engage the very large expatriate population, the book industry, the young, the marginalised population, and much more. The goal is to empower the community and strengthen the nation and region through literature.

Our Mission

We believe that knowledge is a basic right that should be readily and easily accessible to all members of society. Our mission is to promote reading, and provide ease of access to books to all. And in doing so, we will become a progressive society that are the catalysts of harmonious coexistence both locally and globally.