After a gap of several years, the event reflected the diversity, ideas and identity of the region, bringing together around 133 local, French and various country luminaries in the region.
For nine days the public interacted with writers, poets, thinkers and intellectuals from Algeria, Iran, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, France, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.
The realization of symposia, symposia and conversations on national and regional reality characterized the editorial diversity and the direct dialogue between the creator and the lover of reading.
More than 200 publications on political, social, economic and historical topics, as well as novels, poems, short stories, essays, anthologies, short stories and didactic works, attracted the attention of thousands of citizens daily.
Under the motto “Leo in Beirut Time”, the fair was the place for meeting, complicity and exchange of many statements of faith of the Lebanese society which is dealing with the effects of the worst economic and financial crisis in its modern era.
The new edition commemorates great figures of Arabic literature and culture such as Renaissance thinker Farah Anton (1874–1922), poet Muhammad Ali Chamseddin (1942–2022) and writers Jabbor Duhai (1949–2021), Wajih Fanus (1948– . 2022) and Samah Idris (1961–2021).
In the mid-1950s, the Beirut Arabic Book Fair was born as a place of freedom and communication available to the ideas of its writers, thinkers, academics and researchers.