Abu Dhabi book fair to showcase over 500,000 titles
28th edition of event will host 1,350 exhibitors from 63 nations and feature 830 events
The 28th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) starting next week promises to be bigger than ever with more than 500,000 books on display.
Organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism-Abu Dhabi, the book fair will have 1,350 exhibitors from 63 countries participating. The event will also feature more than 830 seminars and workshops related to the publishing industry.
Commenting on this year’s fair, Saif Saeed Gobash, director general of the Department of Culture and Tourism-Abu Dhabi, said: “Since the first edition of the book fair held in 1981 at the Cultural Foundation under the guidance of Shaikh Zayed, our nation has followed his vision to develop a culture that recognises the importance of literary works.”
Abdullah Majed Al Ali, director of ADIBF, hailed the event as an opportunity for cultural dialogue. “The Department of Culture and Tourism — Abu Dhabi has been integral in the accomplishments of the Arab publishing industry over the last decades with a focus on strategy, the promotion of Arab literature, the sharing of knowledge from different civilisations and most importantly, initiating and encouraging cultural dialogue,” he said.
“The fair annually positions Abu Dhabi’s fundamental cultural role in the publishing and literary industry worldwide and continues to act as a beacon of communication between creatives, authors, publishers, journalists and a forum for those interested in books and reading,” he added.
This year’s book fair also sees Poland selected as the Guest of Honour, offering visitors the opportunity to learn about the more than 1,000-year literary history of the country.
“I would like to underline that it is for the very first time that the Republic of Poland is in such a distinctive role in the whole Arab world,” said Robert Rostek, the Polish Ambassador to the UAE.
Saif Saeed Ghobash (right) and Robert Rostek at a press conference held to reveal details of the Abu Dhabi book fair.