The Alexandria International Book Fair realizes a life-long dream of Alexandrian intellectuals. This dream came true right after the inauguration of the BA in 2002 by setting out an international book fair: the Alexandria International Book Fair. The Book Fair has vigorously succeeded in drawing attention to the city of Alexandria and its intellectual figures. It has also created a vibrant cultural stir which increases year by year with the growing number of participants, whether publishing houses from all over the world or national celebrities who are keen on being part of the Book Fair’s cultural program. A section selling old and used books (Sour el-Azbakeya) has been added as part of the Fair to cater to young people’s need to find books that are relatively inexpensive. This section has witnessed great success as it receives a large number of visitors, both young and old, seeking rare and out of print books. The Fair invites one country every year as a guest of honor, highlighting its culture, heritage, and its key intellectuals and thinkers.