In light of the Arab-Chinese cultural and humanitarian rapprochement and the rich history of both nations with their cultural heritage, the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is organising a seminar for cooperation in publishing between Arab and Chinese publishers. The seminar will allow us to enter a future together that is closer and more understanding, starting with a flourishing civilisation and towards a promising tomorrow. The Chinese ambassador to the UAE and Dr Ali bin Tamim will be attending. The session will also include the launch of an international publishing rights platform, launched globally for the first time from the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair to support Arab-Chinese cooperation in publishing. It will conclude with the signing of publishing contracts for the benefit of the most important Chinese publications in the Arabic language.
Bachar Chebaro is the Executive Director of HBKU Press. He is the founder of Editions Difaf and a partner in Arab Scientific Publishers Incorporated, Neelwafurat.com, Arab Scientific Publishers Press, and Thaqafa Publishing and Distribution. He is the General Secretary of the Arab Publishers Association. He was the Secretary of the Board of the Syndicate of Publishers Union in Lebanon for ten years. He acted as a publishing advisor in Beirut World Book Capital. He is the President of Al Bayan Cultural Centre. He is a member of the Arab Culture Club and the Founding member of the Arab Forum for the Children's Book Publishers' Association.
HE Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, Executive Director of the Arabic Language Centre, has acquired extensive experience in leading initiatives that focus on books and the publishing industry at the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi). He managed creative content and played a major role in publishing notable series of books, including with the Kalima Project for Translation and the ‘Isdarat’ series.
Al Tunaiji also serves as Director of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, and has risen through the ranks, assuming various positions, including Director of Media and Public Relations at DCT Abu Dhabi. He began his career as a journalist, worked for several Emirati newspapers, and wrote opinion articles on cultural pages in various dailies. Al Tunaiji has published several books, most notably ‘From and to the Depths of the Nation’, ‘Mosaic’ and ‘The Mistakes of Her Majesty’.