SBA reaches out to Italy’s publishing industry players. In line with Sharjah’s efforts to disseminate its cultural message internationally, the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) concluded its participation at the Turin International Book Fair in Italy. Through engaging in dialogue with Italian and international authors and illustrators, publishing professionals and representatives of cultural institutions, SBA explored ways in which it can open new pathways for cultural exchange and cooperation with the rest of the world. The SBA delegation, headed by its chairman, Ahmed Al Ameri, had a meeting with Mario Montalcini, deputy director of the Turin Book Fair at SBA’s pavilion, where they discussed cultural and literary collaborations with a specific focus on Sharjah and Turin book fairs. The delegation introduced 35 Italian and international publishers to Sharjah Publishing City, the first publishing and printing free zone in the Arab World. Upon undergoing the first phase of development, it is equipped with 550 office spaces, state-of-the-art technology, in-house printing facilities, editorial services, and more that can be availed by both governments and private businesses.