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UK will be the ‘country of honour’ at Sharjah Book Fair. The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) has announced that the United Kingdom (UK) will be the ‘country of honour’ at the 36th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF). The announcement is part of UK/UAE 2017, a year of bilateral cultural exchange between the two countries organised by the British Council. Ahmad Al Ameri, chairman of SBA, said: “The selection of the UK as ‘country of honour’ at SIBF 2017 exemplifies the deep-rooted historical ties binding the UAE and the UK and our long-standing relations based on mutual cooperation and common interests in various domains.”