The Cairo International Book Fair is one of the largest book fairs in the Middle East, and one of biggest book fairs in the world.
The first edition was organized in 1969 as part of the celebration commemorating the 1000th anniversary of city of Cairo.
The fair is usually held during two weeks at the end of January of each year at Egypt International Exhibition Center in New Cairo.
The fair attracts publishers and visitors from various Arab and foreign countries. More than two million people visit the fair yearly. Some foreign visitors go to Cairo expressly to visit the fair.
Many cultural seminars are also held during the fair period. This includes cinema and theater shows, plastic exhibitions and musical performances and competitions. Recently, part of the Azbakeya wall maket dedicated to second-hand books, was added to the fair. The fair is very accessible to all social categories since the entry ticket costs around $0.20.
The 2021 edition was organized in July, with six months delay because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
in 1986, The Egyptian post issued a stamp for the 18th edition of the Cairo Book Fair.
The stamp contains a drawing of a scribe from the Fifth Dynasty of ancient Egypt, dated 2750 BC.
The face value of the stamp is 5 piasters.