24th Edition of Abu Dhabi International Book Fair Ends on a High Note
The silver anniversary edition will be held on May 7 – 12, 2015.
Fair attracted 248,000 visitors and generated sales of AED 35 million in six days.
Abu Dhabi, UAE – May 6, 2014: The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) concluded its highly successful 24th edition yesterday with a record 248,000 visitors generating sales top pinged AED 35 million during the six days of opening.
The highly regarded Fair is organised annually by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC) under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.
Visitor numbers soared over the weekend, and ADNEC’s parking spaces were completely full. In an agreement with ADNEC’s management, organisers offered easier access to the fair and arranged free parking for ADIBF’s visitors, in a step to encourage attendance of the region’s culture and reading enthusiasts. Monday morning was also designated for women and children only.
“As ADIBF wraps up another successful edition it remains one of the country’s most important cultural and literary events. We can proudly say that we managed to draw a comprehensive picture of the region’s rich cultural landscape and present it to the world by attracting the region’s top-notch book industry professionals by offering specialised, high-level workshops to promote the book publishing business. ADIBF was not a mere book selling venue; it has become the pre-eminent platform for cultural exchange, leading to local and global literary growth and development,” said H.E. Juma Abdullah Al Qubaisi, ADIBF Director and Executive Director of the National Library division –TCA Abu Dhabi, revealing that the 25th edition will be held on May 7 – 12, 2015.
“We will celebrate ADIBF’s silver jubilee next year with a new, more comprehensive programme to reflect the Fair’s accomplishments, in an effort to lay the foundations for a new era of cultural work which prioritises people’s ability access to knowledge, and uplifts the individual by reading,” added Al Qubaisi.
According to the International Publishers Association, ADIBF is the region’s largest book fair in terms of publishers’ and number of countries participating, exceeding other established international book fairs. The UAE is also ranked among the world’s top 20 countries that are most committed to intellectual property rights.
This year’s edition attracted a quality audience due to the increase in the number of exhibitors, a total of 1,125 publishers from 57 countries participated in the event, an increase of 10 per cent. They displayed more than 500,000 titles in 33 languages. Visitors also took part in a series of exciting seminars and workshops covering an array of topics related to the Arabic and global cultural scene. The seminars which discussed ADIBF’s focus personality, Abu at-Tayyeb Al Mutanabbi, generated particular interest as this year marked the launch of the new tradition of choosing an influential cultural personality to be the focus of each annual edition.
ADIBF opened with a musical concert titled “Al Mutanabbi … forever a traveler” performed by Lebanese singer Abeer Nehme, accompanied by a group of leading Arab musicians. Nehme sang and performed in multiple activities during the fair, including at the pavilion of Sweden, this year’s Guest of Honour, which offered a variety of activities reflecting the Kingdom’s rich cultural heritage.
ADIBF also featured several specialised cultural platforms such as the Black Box Cinema project. Developed by celebrated Emirati actor and film director Nawaf Al Janahi and introduced to highlight the genre’s literary and cultural influences and promote Emirati cinema, the project highlighted 15 Emirati short films and hosted a series of seminars and workshops. One of the theatre’s external walls was also turned into a live mural where visitors could express their creativity and share their passion for cinema.
In addition to the in-depth discussions in which more than 100 Arab and international poets and intellectuals took part, the Illustrators’ Corner attracted much attention as visitors were able to meet with art specialists, artists, Arabic Calligraphers and book cover designers, as well as showing displays of fine arts.