• Strategic Location
  • Carefully Crafted ECO System
  • Our Commitment
  • State-of-the Art facility

Global reach: Gain easy access to lucrative local and regional markets

Export sales are becoming increasingly important to the major publishing houses. Not only are translations more valuable as a source of revenue, export subsidiary rights also allow publishers to sell the multilingual versions of books in foreign nations. The Arab world, and Gulf Countries in particular, represent a massive opportunity for growth and profit.

The region's population of 370 million is very young, with 50% being under 24 years old. These young minds are highly literate (85% literacy), digitally connected and tech-savvy (internet penetration is projected at 55% in 2018).

The book market in the United Arab Emirates is $233 million and is projected to triple by 2030.

As a whole, the Arab World's book market is valued at $1 billion.

Logistical advantage

The United Arab Emirates is the top logistics hub in both the Arabian Gulf and MENA region as a whole.

Sharjah has access to strategic waterways and modern air, land, and sea transportation infrastructure.

It is connected to the outside world via Sharjah International Airport, Port Khalid, Port Khorfakkan, and Port Hamriyah Free Zone. This is an enormous logistical advantage for your business.

Take a look at how long it takes to reach the following countries by air and sea.

The Arab Book Market

The Arab World has a population of 370 million: young, highly literate, and digitally connected.

Its book market is estimated to be $1 billion, according to statements by His Excellency Ahmed Bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of the Sharjah Book Authority, and it is projected to triple in size by 2030. 

However, it is a fact that political and civil conflict in recent years have caused some historically strong book markets in the region to decline or close completely.

This being the case, the Gulf nations represent the region's best hope and most lucrative markets for books.

An integrated, Free Zone ecosystem created with the sole purpose of serving the publishing industry


Sharjah Publishing City’s Commitment towards the Publishing Industry

The publishing industry shapes the foundation of all the cultural industries. Similarly, in the United Arab Emirates, the industry has sculpted the cultural scenario, and has had a rich history over a half a century.

We, Sharjah Publishing City, take pride in our publishing and printing culture, as it has substantiated a profound impact on the history of the United Arab Emirates. Just as all other industries, publishing industry is also facing various challenges; In order to overcome these industry challenges and to retain the richness of the industry, Sharjah Publishing City has been envisioned and initiated by the Ruler of Sharjah His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi.

The Free Zone stimulates an effective and creative system for doing business in the industry, one that merges redundant business, explores the possibility of new business models, and develops core business areas to serve as the basic structure for marketing the publishing business and fostering its organic evolution.

Built for One Purpose

Spread across approximately 100,000 square meters, Sharjah Publishing City is equipped with everything a publishing company needs to start and grow its operations.
The first building to open will consist over 400 offices equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and support services.
The Free Zone exists for one purpose only: to contribute to a booming global publishing industry by creating favorable business conditions for publishing companies to operate profitably.