SWBC 2019

Sharjah has been named World Book Capital City for the year 2019 as recognition of the city’s continuous efforts in promoting books and literacy. The nomination was due to the city’s innovative, comprehensive and inclusive proposal to the World Book Capital initiative.
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Meet our
Advisory Committee

Meet the inspiring advisory committee members behind the Sharjah World Book Capital 2019.

here’s what
to expect

The Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 will be rich with activities and events that suit all interests, ages and communities based on our six guiding themes.
  • One
  • Children
    are the Future
  • Fostering
    a Culture of Reading
  • Social
  • Cultivating
  • Publishing

Our Manifesto

Books! They are magical!
Black letters on a white page
Till you read them
And then doors open, journeys begin
Travel through cultures and traditions.
Dive into the past, catch a glimps of the future
Shatter some myths and tear down a few walls.
Learn a new language,
Learn two... learn three.
Meet saints and warriors,
Scientists and wizards,
Someone you feel like you know,
Someone you thought you’d never know.
Read... till no strangers remain,
Go beyond your story,
Beyond borders.
Open a book,
Open your arms,
Your heart, your mind.

Sharjah World Book Capital 2019
Open Books. Open Minds