In the third section of Cairo International Book Fair which run from January 23, 2020 to February 4, dozens of Syrian publishing houses participate this year and offer different contents as intellectual, political, social and economic books amid a clear predominance of religious, children and human development books.
The Syrian participation in Cairo International Book Fair is considered "the strongest among the previous ones," according to previous statements by the head of the Syrian Publishers Union Haitham Hafez, who said that Syria is participating with 95 publishing houses in the fair, of which 65 publishing houses have directly participated and 30 ones have indirectly participated through agencies for publishers of Egyptian and other Arab publishers.
North-Press reported the atmosphere at the Syrian publishing houses scattered in the third section of the fair to learn about the volume of demand, the number of sales and the nature of the content provided.
As a number of Syrian publishers told North-Press about a difference related to the increase in sales offset by low revenues due to the unprecedented collapse of the Syrian pound, which makes their financial returns from the sale process inside the fair relatively weak, which in turn increases the price of a number of books.
Ghaith Hisham from "Qutaiba" publishing house, which is one of the Syrian houses participating in the fair with different books in various fields, told North-Press that the conditions in Syria didn't prevent them from participating, noting that there are more than 60 Syrian publishing houses which participated directly in the fair this year. He stated that the revenues from sales would inevitably decrease due to the current situation and the rise in the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar against the Syrian pound.
What is remarkable about the Syrian participation and the presented books is the quality of printing, the high-quality materials, and the colors in many publications, which was a source of pride for a number of publishers with whom North-Press has communicated.
Fadi Makhlalat, the delegate of the Syrian publishing house of Dar al-Rasheed, who pointed to the quality of printing and colors, which makes the Syrian publications distinctive and different, he stressed that in light of the circumstances in which Syria undergoes, some may think that there is no cultural movement or production movement, but the truth is completely different, where production is the largest compared to many Arab countries, the existed internal problems have not prevented the continuation of Syrian cultural production at all.
Furthermore, Abdulrahman Haj Ali, the director of the Syrian publishing house of Dar al-Qalam spoke about the success of the fair this year, noting the keenness by publishers to participate. He told North-Press that this book fair is completely different from previous years, describing it as "successful at all levels".