Egypt’s annual Cairo International Book Fair has become a staple for bibliophiles across the nation. This year is the 55th edition of the event, and is set to open tomorrow, 25 January, promising 550 events, 5,250 exhibitors, and Norway as the guest country.
Egyptian Streets has you covered with everything you need to know about this year’s experience – from ticket prices, locations, a map, and what to expect.
The fair will be held at the Egypt International Exhibition Centre in New Cairo.
DATE AND TIME
The annual event opens to the public starting 25 January until 5 February.
The exhibition will run from 10 AM to 9 PM every day.
A single ticket will cost EGP 5 (USD 0.16), which includes entrance to the fair and all public events.
They can be purchased either online or at the fair’s entrance.
EXHIBITORS AND PARTICIPANTS
The 55th edition of the fair will feature 1,200 publishing houses from 70 countries, and a total of 5,250 exhibitors.
The book fair’s website has a full list and search feature in case you’re looking for a specific publisher.
MAP OF THE EXHIBITION
Hall 1 features Arabic books, primarily fiction and non-fiction.
Hall 2 provides mainly English books, both fiction and non-fiction.
Hall 3 serves as an “international” hub for countries to display their literary work – a total of 70 countries.
Hall 4 exhibits Islamic books of all kinds, with a significantly large section for Egypt’s historic Al-Azhar.
Hall 5 is targeted at kids or parents looking for children’s books or educational material.
An interactive map of each hall is available on the official website, showcasing the names of exhibitors at each booth. Hover the mouse over any booth and try it yourself.
There is also a virtual tour on the website but expect a few glitches and performance issues.
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