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Abu Dhabi International Book Fair concludes its thirtieth session with remarkable success بنجاح

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair concludes its thirtieth session with remarkable success بنجاح
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair concludes its thirtieth session with remarkable success بنجاح

The 30th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair succeeded in recording an increase in its sales, estimated at more than 20% compared to the previous session, which was held in 2019 before the Covid-19 pandemic.

The activities of the 30th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which was held by the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi from May 23 to 29, were successfully concluded under the patronage of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

This year, the fair presented in its hybrid version a program full of real and virtual activities, allowing the publishing sector specialists, intellectuals and those interested in literature from around the world to participate in its various sessions in person or from behind screens.

Saud Al Hosani, Undersecretary of the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi, said: “The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair was able to consolidate the position of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as a cultural destination of pivotal importance at the local and regional levels, thanks to what it achieved under these exceptional circumstances that the world is going through, as it succeeded in achieving an increase in the percentage of Sales and opening its doors to all members of society while maintaining their health and safetyOver the course of 7 days, the exhibition witnessed the reception of a group of the most important thinkers, artists and writers whose participation had a great impact in stimulating the cultural scene.

”For his part, Dr.

Ali bin Tamim, President of the Abu Dhabi Center for the Arabic Language, said: “We are pleased to conclude this cultural celebration, which was distinguished by all standards.

The reactions from the pioneers of the publishing sector were the best evidence of the effectiveness of the initiatives we launched to support the sector, and their importance in light of the challenges imposed by the pandemic since last year.

The exhibition succeeded in creating a stimulating environment for publishers and intellectuals to exchange experiences and discuss the most important professional and intellectual issues that affect them directly.

”He added, “The increase in the percentage of sales also came to demonstrate the great demand and the renewed importance that reading gained in the year of the pandemic, to highlight the importance of cultural and literary production and its increase in line with the aspirations of the public in our Arab region.

“This year’s edition of the exhibition witnessed the signing of a number of memoranda of understanding and the launch of important initiatives that would enhance Arab content, celebrate Emirati culture and heritage, and open new horizons for cooperation between leading local and international institutions, including the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Abu Dhabi Center for the Arabic Language and Brill Publishing House to launch the refereed magazine.

The Markaz, and the Memorandum of Understanding with the Arab Youth Center to build bridges of communication with the youth, in addition to the launch of the two initiatives “Dhakkar Al-Emaratiya” to celebrate the fiftieth year, and “Atheer of Books and Briefing of Books” for audio and read digital works.

In turn, Moza Al Shamsi, Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center, Acting Director of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, said: “We are pleased to dedicate this distinguished and exceptional session to the heroes of the first line of defense for their efforts and sacrifices to serve the country, to succeed in hosting an event of this importance.

by the cultural movement of our region.

”The exhibition also witnessed the launch of a number of integrated initiatives to support the publishing sector, most notably the directive of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to allocate 6 million dirhams to purchase a valuable set of books, references and educational materials for the benefit of school libraries in the Emirates.

All exhibitors have also been exempted from paying participation fees for this yearFor its part, the Abu Dhabi Center for the Arabic Language at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi increased the number of financial grants to support the book within the “Lights on Copyright” initiative to reach 300 grants, and the scope of support was expanded to include audio and electronic books, through an innovative electronic platform, which is the first of its kind.

In the Arab regionThe rate of interaction and demand for these initiatives reflected their strategic importance and their significant and direct positive impact on the publishing sectorAs usual every year, the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair celebrated the winners of the fifteenth session of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, which is the largest session in the history of the award in terms of the number of entries.

Where it hosted dialogue sessions for the winners that shed light on their literary and creative achievements that enriched the cultural and scientific arena in various fields.

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair also hosted a series of dialogue sessions that dealt with the Corona pandemic and its impact on creativity and its role in motivating writers and artists to reach new horizons, including “From Isolation to Inspiration”, “Pandemics and Pandemics: Influencing Civilizations” on the state of literature during the pandemic that shed Light on the presence of pandemics and epidemics in literature throughout history and its role in encouraging individuals to find their way out of the crisisThe session, “Humanities, Digital, and the Post-Coronavirus Era”, touched on the digital transformation that accompanied the pandemic, and the change in the way of communication between members of society, and the session also provided a reading of the future that will witness the continuation of the strong presence of technology in the lives of societies.

Visitors to the exhibition witnessed a tribute to the workers in the first line of defense, where Dr.

Omar Al Hammadi, Consultant Internal Medicine and Vice President of the Emirates Society for Internal Diseases, presented a session during which he spoke about the sacrifices of the frontline heroes in the Emirates, and answered some questions about the reality of the epidemic, as well as the reasons for the spread of theories Conspiracy and fake news, also reviewing during this session the lessons that governments can learn in preparation for future pandemicsAs part of its participation as the exhibition’s guest of honor, the Federal Republic of Germany presented a variety of cultural and professional sessions, highlighting the exhibition’s status and its important role in building cultural bridges between Germany and the Arab world, when the exhibition “From Cinderella to Sinbad – Immortal German and Arabic Tales” was discussed, which It is the first event to delve into the rich cultural heritage of narrative traditions from ancient Egypt and the worldIn turn, the Goethe-Institut concluded its sessions in the 30th edition of the exhibition with a panel discussion on the power of writing poetry of peace and imagination in Germany and the United Arab Emirates, the potential differences in rules and themes, and the advantages and disadvantages of the respective genres of the author.

In a session entitled “New Archaeological Discoveries Reveal the Rich History of the UAE”, archaeologist Professor Peter Magee, Director of Zayed National Museum, reviewed the latest archaeological discoveries related to the history of the UAE.

Where he presented key illuminations about the book “The Emirates: Our History and the New Curriculum”, in which it goes back to ancient stages and goes deep into history, especially since the book deals with the emergence of cultures and trade ties throughout the ancient world.

The exhibition organized a session on the future of the Arab world and the possibility of its return to its golden age, especially after the success of the UAE mission to Mars, and its importance in enabling the Arabian Peninsula to occupy its future place among the planets.

On the other hand, the French writer Gilbert Senoue, author of the novel “The Falcon”, participated in a special session to talk about this book, in which he presented a biography of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his exceptional role as one of the most important men of the twentieth century.

Translation was not absent from the activities of the thirtieth session of the exhibition, which hosted a group of Arab and international translators in a session entitled “The Art of Translation: My Words and Your Voice.

“Which dealt with the translator’s ability to faithfully and accurately reproduce another person’s writings in a different languageThe participants also talked about the art of translation, the relationship between the translator and the author, and how feelings are expressed and creative writing in another language

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Abu Dhabi International Book Fair concludes its thirtieth session with remarkable success بنجاح
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair concludes its thirtieth session with remarkable success بنجاح

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