Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:– Organized by the Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), the 31st Abu Dhabi International Book Fair Abu Dhabi (ADIBF 2022) hosted the latest meeting of book fair directors from the Arab world.
The 19th Meeting of the Directors of the Arab Book Fairs on May 26, 2022 aimed to cover issues concerning the development and advancement of these fairs, the strengthening of their role in supporting the publishing sector and its workers and the means promote their position as knowledge dissemination platforms among diverse members of the community.
Representatives of the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) attended the meeting, as well as directors and managers of book fairs.
Participants discussed the challenges faced by book fairs and how to turn them into promising opportunities, in addition to exploring the current situation in the Arabic publishing industry and the challenges facing publishers. Several additional issues were also on the table, including the role that book fairs play in spreading culture and civilized communication, as well as the impact they have in promoting books and other content to readers.
ADIBF will lead the Arab Book Fairs Directors Meeting as the chair of the meeting is transferred from Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates. For the coming year, ADIBF will oversee and coordinate with the General Secretariat to monitor progress on development plans, in addition to working to advance and promote Arabic book fairs.
Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, Acting Executive Director of ALC and Director of ADIBF, said: “Through innovation and collaboration between the organizers of the Arabic book fairs, we have effectively supported the growth of the region’s publishing industry. We have great confidence in these fairs and the central role they play in the development of communities. Arabic book fairs will undoubtedly play a constructive role in enriching the cultural movement in general. We look forward to the meeting’s recommendations, which aim to pull together all efforts to enable book fairs to continue to enlighten Arab minds, promote awareness and advance thought.
Saad Al-Zughaibi, Director of the Department of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities at the General Secretariat of the GCC, commended the efforts of the United Arab Emirates – represented by the management of ADIBF – in organizing and hosting the 19th Directors’ Meeting of the Arab Book Fair.
He said, “These annual meetings are in line with the decisions of Their Highnesses and Excellencies, the Ministers of Culture of the GCC region, to promote increased collaboration in the cultural sector of the region. A wide range of topics were discussed at this meeting to improve the level of organization of GCC book fairs; present and coordinate new accompanying cultural events; discuss topics that support book fairs; and make recommendations to the Committee of Ministers of Culture, which promotes common action and advances the cultural movement.
The 19th Arab Book Fairs Directors Meeting also reviewed the progress made in implementing the recommendations of the 18th Meeting, in addition to exploring several topics proposed by Member States, including tentative dates for the book fairs. in the GCC countries from 2026 to 2030, as well as the activities accompanying these events. The participants also discussed the Gulf Cultural Strategy 2020-2030 and the requirements for the next meeting.
The 31st edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair runs from May 23-29 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC).
About the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) was launched in 1981 to provide an international cultural platform bringing together publishers, libraries, agents, cultural establishments and the press under one roof to exchange ideas and identify promising opportunities. Each year, the event welcomes leading publishers from the Arab world and beyond in a series of activities and events, with the aim of stimulating the progress and development of the publishing sector and opening up new promising prospects for local and Arab publishers.
About Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi
The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center, established following a directive from His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, under the Ministry of Culture and of Abu Dhabi Tourism, works to support Arabic language development and modernization through comprehensive strategies and frameworks, enrich the scientific, educational, cultural and creative contributions of the Arabic language, promote language proficiency Arabic and cultural understanding, and supporting Arab talents in the fields of writing, translation, publishing, scientific research, arts, content creation and organization of book fairs. The Center strives to achieve its core vision through dedicated programs, human expertise and meaningful partnerships with the world’s most prestigious technical, cultural and academic institutions.
About the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
The Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi) drives the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture, tourism and creative sectors, fuels economic progress and helps achieve global ambitions more off Abu Dhabi. By working in partnership with the organizations that define the emirate’s position as a leading international destination, DCT Abu Dhabi strives to unite the ecosystem around a shared vision of the emirate’s potential, coordinate efforts and investments, to propose innovative solutions and to use the best tools, policies and systems to support the culture and tourism industries.
DCT Abu Dhabi’s vision is defined by the people, heritage and landscape of the emirate. We work to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status as a place of authenticity, innovation and unrivaled experiences, represented by its living traditions of hospitality, pioneering initiatives and creative thinking.