Cairo’s Book Fair 2024: A cultural fest draws over 3.5 mln visitors in 9 days

Ahram Online , Monday 5 Feb 2024

With more than 3.5 million visitors in the past nine days, the 2024 Cairo International Book Fair is poised to set a record-breaking attendance by its conclusion on Tuesday.

Cairo Book Fair
Cairo Book Fair. Photo: Sis


Egypt's Ministry of Culture stated that around 700,000 people flocked to the fair on Friday.

The high turnout testifies to the significance of the cultural event, stressed Minister of Culture Nevine El-Kilani.

“This year’s fair was unique in having many exceptional scenes and was able to present a diverse cultural meal that combined culture, art, literature, poetry, and other cultural paths,” El-Kilani added

The minister hoped the 2024 edition of the Cairo International Book Fair would conclude with a larger turnout than the previous edition.

In 2023, the Cairo Book Fair welcomed 3.7 million visitors within 14 days.

Under the slogan “We Create Knowledge, We Preserve Word,” the current edition of the Cairo International Book Fair kicked off on Thursday, 25 January.

Held at the Egypt International Exhibition Centre in New Cairo, the book fair hosts 1,200 publishing houses from 70 countries.

The Fair was first inaugurated in 1969; it remains one of the world's largest book fairs and the oldest in the Arab world.

From 1984 to 2019, the fair was held at the Cairo International Fair Zone in Nasr City before it relocated in 2020 to the more spacious and well-equipped Exhibition Centre in New Cairo.

Visitor’s guide


Tickets for the fair, priced at EGP 5, can be purchased on-site or through the official website.

Visitors can easily reach the fair using 11 designated bus lines arranged by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport and the Public Transport Authority.

This ensures easy access to the fair from various main squares in Cairo.

A comprehensive list of bus lines is available on the fair's website.

In addition, visitors searching for particular publishers can find a downloadable map of all the participating publishing houses on the fair’s Facebook page.

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