“Now entering its third decade of activities, the ADIBF 2022 is proud to honor Taha Hussein with its prestigious personality of the year distinction. Some 50 years after his death, the impact of the literary production and intellectual contributions of the famous Egyptian author still resonates in the Arab world, and they remain an invaluable source for scholars and researchers to study the Arabic language and its wealth of knowledge and ideas. As we celebrate this most influential figure, affectionately known as the Dean of Arabic Literature, we have a great opportunity to introduce his work to a wider audience, and we hope a new generation of readers will discover and learn about it. will be inspired by the work of Hussein. , a gateway through which to explore their Arab heritage, culture and history,” said Saeed Al Tunaiji, Acting Executive Director of the Arabic Language Center (ALC) and Director of ADIBF.
The fair will be organized by the ALC, which is part of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi), and will run from May 23-29 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
It will have a pavilion dedicated to the personality of the year and will host four sessions bringing together Arab and international literary critics and writers to shed light on key aspects of Hussein’s intellectual, cultural and literary production and influence. The list of personalities who will join the event includes Dr. Ines Abdeldayem, Egyptian Minister of Culture; Syrian poet and critic Adonis, Dr. Ali bin Tamim, President of the ALC, Dr. Salah Fadl, President of the Arabic Language Academy in Cairo, and E Mohamed Al-Murr, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library Foundation.
The fair will also launch a new series of books dedicated to studies and research on the work and life of Hussein, in collaboration with Arab publishers, and it will sponsor the publication of new editions of the author’s works, offering a selection of them in audio book, digital and pictorial formats.
This year, the ADIBF will welcome more than 1,000 publishers from 80 countries, with more than 400 different activities targeting different audiences and age groups, including round tables and seminars, poetry evenings, children’s activities and a wide range of cultural, creative and educational workshops. and sessions.