The Director of the Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF) Islam Bayoumi announced that the services provided by the exhibition’s online platform, and the content that it will provide under the exceptional circumstances imposed by COVID-19 pandemic, will be 3D digital technology.
In a phone interview with TeN satellite channel on Monday Bayoumi said that the exhibition’s online portal will include all publications and all publishing houses, and the exhibition will be launched virtually on Wednesday.
“The virtual exhibition will be in 3D technology, meaning that the visitor can roam the exhibition halls and roam between its corridors as if on the ground. The visitor can also click on any book on the shelves, and it will show information about the book, its price and everything related to it,” he said.
“This is the first virtual exhibition in Egypt in 3D format. There are normal virtual exhibitions, but not with this feature.”
He added that the fair can accommodate 100,000 visitors per day, provided that the reservation is online, stressing that the signing ceremonies have been banned during this year’s edition.
The Cairo International Book Fair will start its 52nd session on June 30 and will continue until July 15, after it was postponed from its original date in January.
The General Egyptian Book Organization (GEBO) said in a statement that the exhibition will be held at the Egypt International Exhibitions Center (EIEC) in the Fifth Settlement, with the heading of “Egypt’s Identity: Culture and the Question of the Future.”
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm