“Abu Dhabi Book” returns with full attendance

With the participation of about 80 countries and more than 1,000 publishers from around the world, the 31st edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair kicks off on the 23rd of this month, beginning a new chapter full of attendance at the beginning of the fourth decade of the cultural event organized this year under the slogan “Inspiration, Creativity, Enrichment.” ».

The organizers of the exhibition, which is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, stressed that the next session “represents a new beginning in the life of the exhibition, which, over 30 years, was able to establish an advanced stage of deep cultural movement until It has become a platform for dialogue and convergence between different cultures and peoples, and to achieve a prominent position among the major cultural and knowledge forums in the region, and to open the way for the world to learn about the two Arab and Emirati cultures and civilizations.”

The activities of the 31st edition of the exhibition, organized by the Abu Dhabi Center for the Arabic Language of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, will continue until the 29th of this month at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.

Ali bin Tamim, the head of the Abu Dhabi Center for the Arabic Language, revealed that the exhibition will witness for the first time in its history the holding of the “International Conference on Arab Publishing and Creative Industries, which will enhance efforts and projects related to publishing at various levels, keeping the book within its original space, and its essential position as a necessary tributary.” for the community building process. It will also host the 19th meeting of Arab book fairs directors, which discusses a number of issues that serve the advancement and advancement of Arab book fairs, and enhance their role in sponsoring the publishing sector and its workers.”

Bin Tamim added, during a press conference held yesterday, at the Cultural Complex in Abu Dhabi: “Three decades ago, the complex witnessed the launch of the first sessions of the exhibition, with a wise vision from an exceptional leader, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, who wanted this event to It will be a starting point for the comprehensive civilizational and developmental march in the country, as he believed that building nations and civilizations stems from the foundation of man on science and knowledge, and the strengthening of his knowledge and experiences with many implications that lead towards creating a generation capable of continuing to give and leading the country towards broad horizons of development and prosperity.”

busy program

For his part, the Acting Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Center for the Arabic Language and Director of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, said that the center prepared, in this year’s exceptional session, a rich program commensurate with the status and importance of the exhibition on the Arab and international arenas, in a balanced diversity that integrates culture Creativity and the arts, and highlights the extent of the integration that links Abu Dhabi culturally with major countries and cultural capitals around the world, noting that the program was keen to open the way more for the younger generations to have an important role in the cultural movement, as events were allocated to them that combine knowledge literature, thought, visual arts and modern creations as a contribution to enhancing their knowledge and thought towards discovering beauty in the simplest things. A custom that simulates their experience, and gives them the opportunity to get acquainted with this art closely.

Al Tunaiji pointed out the keenness of the Abu Dhabi Center for the Arabic Language to balance the presentation in the exhibition and mix between the traditional cultural model and the flourishing technical and knowledge development in our time, as the exhibition will introduce its visitors to the treasures of knowledge left by the Dean of Arabic Literature, Dr. Developments in the reality of publishing.

He added that the exhibition brings together an elite group of creators from various fields, who will participate in more than 450 different cultural events, in addition to the attendance of more than 1,000 Arab and foreign publishers.

Germany… the guest of honor for the second year

For the second year in a row, the Abu Dhabi Book Fair celebrates Germany, as a guest of honor, to introduce the civilization, culture and creators of that country, to familiarize Germans with Arab culture closely, and to continue working to strengthen the partnership within the same framework with the Frankfurt International Book Fair. Germany is participating with a large delegation, and its pavilion presents a full program of events.

high demand

Dr. Ali bin Tamim stated that “Abu Dhabi Book 31” witnessed a great demand from publishers to participate, and the selection was made according to criteria, most notably the quality of publishing and content, respect for intellectual property and the ability to put forward new ideas. Regarding the complaint of some publishers in previous sessions about the lack of sales, he explained that by checking the reasons for this complaint, he found that most of these houses do not offer anything new in what they offer, and do not keep pace with the development witnessed by the publishing industry, indicating that there are no clear indications about the volume of book sales in the world. Arabi. While Saeed Hamdan said that this year’s exhibition returns to the real presence after it presented a hybrid version between physical and digital participation in its last session, pointing out that the exhibition space this year is double last year, and there is a waiting list of nearly 100 publishers.

• 450 different cultural events organized by the exhibition, which kicks off on the 23rd of this month.

Follow our latest local and sports news and the latest political and economic developments via Google news

Share

Print




Leave a Comment