CAIRO, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly officially announced the opening of the 51th Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF), with Senegal as the guest of honor this year, state-run Nile TV reported Wednesday.
The fair, lasting from Jan. 22 to Feb. 4, is themed "Egypt, Africa, Culture of Diversity" which is participated by 40 countries.
The CIBF, which took place at Egypt International Exhibition Center located in New Cairo, features 808 pavilions, 900 publishing houses and 41 book stores as well as 3,502 cultural and art events.
Egyptian Ministry of Culture said that last year's CIBF registered 2.5 million visitors.
First launched in 1969, the CIBF is considered the largest and oldest book fair in the Middle East and the second worldwide after Germany's Frankfurt Book Fair.