Emirates News Agency – 31st Abu Dhabi International Book Fair concludes seven days of memorable activities

ABU DHABI, 31st May, 2022 (WAM) — Held under the patronage of His Highness President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) has concluded its 31st edition, after welcoming thousands of visitors during its seven day from May 23 to 29, 2022, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC).

Organized by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), the annual fair has seen a notable increase in sales of books and publications in various fields of knowledge and culture, as the publishing houses participating in the event gave positive feedback on their experience and the high volume of sales achieved. The event welcomed thousands of students from schools across the country, who brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the different sections of the Fair.

This year’s edition of the show featured a packed schedule of events that stood out for their innovative and serious content, including a professional program for editors and workshops to hone creative writing skills. A significant increase was noted in the number of publishers attending the event, with 1,130 publishers from over 80 countries offering a wide selection of engaging literature for diverse audiences. More than 650 cultural, artistic and educational events took place throughout the week, featuring renowned international guests such as Nobel Laureates and Booker and Pulitzer Prize winners, alongside intellectual minds and renowned Arab creatives.

ADIBF 2022 has chosen influential Egyptian writer and intellectual Taha Hussein – known as the “Dean of Arabic Literature” – as its “Person of the Year”, highlighting the life and work of the renowned author and critic during the seven-day event, and showcasing his work to a new generation.

The Federal Republic of Germany was welcomed as guest of honour, with renowned German publishers participating and a special schedule of activations rolling out throughout the week. The activities highlighted Germany’s literary heritage and celebrated the long tradition of cultural exchange between that country and the United Arab Emirates. He also highlighted the UAE’s efforts in the publishing industry and the conference sector, further promoting ADIBF on the global stage.

At this year’s edition of the Fair, the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center also sought to introduce the local community, as well as tourists and ADIBF visitors, to the most renowned creations of world culture, the beauty of literature and arts from all over the world. , which reflected the cultures and traits of the various peoples who produced them.

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award also celebrated the winners of its 16th edition at a special ceremony at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, where renowned thinker Dr. Abdullah Al Ghathami was honoured, in recognition of his illustrious and pioneering career, where he directed outstanding studies and research projects. who has greatly contributed to the cultural movement of the region and the Arab world. Dr. Al Ghathami was awarded the title of “Cultural Personality of the Year”, along with a gold medal bearing the SZBA emblem, a certificate of merit and an award of AED 1 million. The winners of the other categories of the award received a gold medal, a certificate of merit and a prize of AED 750,000.

Dr. Ali bin Tamim, Chairman of the ALC, said: “The Fair embodies the vision of the Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi and the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi to support publishers and paving the way for them to make their competitive comeback at ADIBF 2022 marked a new beginning where life returns to the world of culture, highlighting the emirate of Abu Dhabi and its authenticity, identity and grand aspirations cultural.

“This year has witnessed many cultural and literary firsts in the history of the exhibition, and we wanted to present events with meaningful content to provide visitors with a positive and well-organized book fair experience that draws attention. on the book sector out of our commitment to follow in the footsteps of the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who believed in the importance of books and their role in the progress and development of societies added Bin Tamim.

The 31st Abu Dhabi International Book Fair presented a wide range of diverse events to attendees, including the first International Congress of Arabic Publishing and Creative Industries, which hosted 300 speakers, publishers and scholars from around the world . It also included the launch of the first edition of the “Kanz Al Jeel” award, which aims to honor Nabati poetry, as well as heritage studies and research. With a name inspired by one of the poems written by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the prize is awarded to scholars and creators who submit works that explore Nabati poetry and its values; it seeks to strengthen the position of poetry in society as a mirror of the community.

The 19th edition of the Gulf Book Fair Managers Meeting was also held on the sidelines of the event, resulting in a set of new recommendations to improve book fairs in the region and better support the book industry. Arabic edition.

Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, Acting Executive Director of ALC and Director of ADIBF, said, “The success of this year’s edition reflects the position that the Abu Dhabi Book Fair occupies. The event has become more professional and more international than ever. before, and with the extensive and diverse program of events we have set for it, we are committed to supporting culture in all its forms, as well as inviting all segments of the community, with their literary tastes and interests various intellectuals, to join the Salon du livre.”

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