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

Gulf News - - Nation - BY SAMI ZAATARI Staff Re­porter

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.

Ab­dul Rah­man/Gulf News

Saif Saeed Ghobash (right) and Robert Rostek at a press con­fer­ence held to re­veal de­tails of the Abu Dhabi book fair.

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