Sharjah airport passengers will soon have access to an e-book library
Starting in April, travelers using Sharjah Airport will be able to browse a library of thousands of e-books while waiting to board their flights.
The initiative, which is the first of its kind at international airports in the region, gives passengers access to digital books that they can download to their devices. Downloads will be available for 21 days.
It is the result of a partnership between the Sharjah Public Library (SPL), an affiliate of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) and the Sharjah Airport Authority.
Travelers will have access to books in a number of languages on the first e-book network of its kind in the Middle East. The books include fiction, poetry, history, science, and art, among others.
# Sharjah Airport The Authority and the Sharjah Book Authority sign a cooperation agreement under which #Charjah Public Libraries will provide a digital library for airport travelers to benefit from thousands of books and literature in multiple languages.@SharjahBookAuth pic.twitter.com/bW6W1FTeJq
– ار الشارقة (@sharjahairport) March 21, 2021
According to the agreement, the e-book service would be available to adult travelers in April and children in the last quarter of 2021.
These passengers do not need to install any apps or data plan to browse and download books. They can connect to the free Wi-Fi service available at the airport to receive notifications on their smart devices with instructions on how to connect to the e-book network. Further information on the service will also be displayed inside the airport.
SPL also plans to offer dedicated spaces equipped with tablets so that passengers can select and read their favorite e-books.
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The timing of the new deal is important because every year March is considered Reading Month in the UAE, according to the Ministry of Culture and Youth.
Each year the month is devoted to a different theme, and this year’s theme is “My Family Readings”.
March was first considered Reading Month in 2016, after which Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, said that each March would be celebrated as the month of reading.