(Manama) – Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa inaugurated the 23rd edition of Al-Ayam Cultural Festival which is organized by Al-Ayam Publishing institution at Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Representatives Council Speaker Ahmed bin Ibrahim Al Mulla, Shura Council Chairman Ali bin Saleh Al Saleh, ministers, senior officials, members of the diplomatic corps, people interested in the cultural and literary movement and invitees also attended.
The Deputy Premier toured the exhibition’s pavilions and got informed about the cultural and literary publications on display. He praised the role of Al-Ayam Press and Publishing in enabling people to get informed about the latest publications of Arab and international publishing companies and enriching the cultural movement in Bahrain.
A total of 225 publishing companies are taking part in the 10-day festival with more than 600,000 books covering various areas. More than 40 new publishing institutions are participating in this year’s event, compared to last year. Moreover, 100 new pavilions have been added in this year’s exhibition.