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UNESCO announces Sharjah as World Book Capital 2019. Signalling a ground-breaking achievement for the UAE and the Arab world, Sharjah has been crowned with the prestigious ‘World Book Capital’ title for 2019 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO. The honour is a recognition of the emirate’s pioneering role in supporting and expanding the local and regional publishing industries, promoting reading to become an intrinsic cultural practice, as well as embracing intercultural, knowledge-based dialogue. The accolade is an important addition to Sharjah’s existing portfolio of milestones like, the 1998 Capital of Arab Culture, Capital of Islamic Culture in 2014, and Capital of Arab Tourism in 2015. The emirate is the first in the GCC and third in the Arab world and Middle East, to have received this recognition.