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Since its inception in 1992, the Muscat International Book Fair has undergone remarkable development and expansion. It plays a pivotal role in activating the cultural movement in the Sultanate. This growth positioned it as a key player on the international cultural stage, marking transformation journey from its modest beginnings. Furthermore, it has evolved into a crucial intellectual and literary forum, becoming an integral part of significant cultural exhibitions globally. The exhibition has consistently grown, with increased participation from various countries, publishing houses, and a rise in exhibition spaces and public attendance.

The idea of establishing an international book fair in the Sultanate emerged in response to the cultural knowledge arena’s need for a platform serving as a cultural, intellectual, and awareness project. The initiative met these objectives, recognizing book exhibitions as essential tools for knowledge acquisition and the promotion of intellectual production.


The Muscat International Book Fair aspires to excel in promoting awareness and knowledge locally, regionally, and internationally.


The Muscat International Book Fair is dedicated to raising community awareness, supporting the intellectual and cultural movement, and increasing the community’s reading rate. These efforts are envisioned to have a positive impact on people’s lives and stimulate global publishing activities.

Main Committee

  • His Excellency Dr. Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Harassi – Minister of Information – (Chairman).
  • His Excellency Mr. Saeed bin Sultan Al Busaidi – Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth for Culture (Vice President).
  • His Highness Sayyid Dr. Fahd bin Al Julanda Al Said – President of Sultan Qaboos University (Member).
  • His Excellency Dr. Abdullah bin Khamis Ambusaidi – Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education for Education (Member).
  • Undersecretary of the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs (Member).
  • His Excellency / Mohammed bin Saeed Al Balushi – Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information (Member).
  • Mr. Ahmed bin Saud Al-Rawahi – Assistant General Manager of Knowledge and Cultural Development – Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth – Director of the Muscat International Book Fair.

Working Teams

  • Cultural Events Task Force
  • Media, Marketing and Promotion Team.
  • Working group of child activities.
  • Community Action Team.
  • Administrative and Financial Affairs Working Group.
Ad Dhahirah Governorate is as the guest of honour for 28 edition of Muscat international book fair 2024.

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