Yesterday, a bunch of us made it to the 3rd International Book Fair at Land of Events, South Obhur.
In short: good effort, considering it’s just the 3rd time being held. It was supposed to have representation from several countries across the globe; honestly, after a certain point, we found it to be extremely repetitive. .
There were a lot of options for children... from classics to contemporary, the collection was far better than what I’ve seen in bookstores around the city. There were board books, puppet books, activity sets, academic support books etc, and also a lot of puzzles, board games, & educational & sensory toys. .
What stood out mainly for us was the stall of Goodword books (will put up a separate post about it!) & a velcro calendar... I loved it, but the hubby & U found it too girly! My friend got it for her 5-year old girl, though. U also grabbed hold of a Lego DC comics activity book and refused to acknowledge any negotiations on buying it! My 10-year old neice had a similar attitude towards the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid novel, which her father agreed to if she devoured the Encyclopedia he bought her, first (she ended up loving that!)
As for adults, the English options were quite limited. There were the usual finds at the Jarir and Virgin stalls; some specialty stalls such as Design & Architecture, Medical books, & a lot of medical books, but not a lot more than that. One stall had some nice reading-related souvenirs like bookmarks, line markers & mugs, but I had honestly hoped to see more of that. .
As I had heard, there were a lot more Arabic books than English... a lot of Islamic and Quran-related stalls too. We were quite satisfied with the children’s selection, but didn’t find anything to please our sensibilities. .
At the entrance, after crossing the security check, there was an activity hall to the right that had My Little Pony and Transformers performances, but in Arabic. We were frankly more interested in getting to the books, so we skipped that part. .
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