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Abu Dhabi International Book Fair to be held at ADNEC from 23-29 May

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 15 April 2021: Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has announced that the 30th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) will be held from 23 to 29 May 2021. The event at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) is being organised to adhere to stringent safety precautions and measures to ensure the welfare of all visitors and participants.

This year’s ADIBF will include programmes and seminars hosted by a varied group of authors and publishers to raise awareness of the latest trends in the global publishing industry.

As part of Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre’s strategy to empower authors and writers, the event will also offer support to publishers and translators in translating works, helping them promote culture and creativity while encouraging reading and mass communication.

“The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair plays a crucial role in uniting literary and publishing professionals from the region and around the world to showcase the latest trends, innovations and literary releases,” said HE Saood Al Hosani, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi. “While last year’s virtual edition featured an extensive programme of online events, we are pleased to be able to offer stakeholders and visitors a physical event once again. Our commitment to organising the 30th edition of the fair at ADNEC reinforces the readiness of Abu Dhabi to host major events while working to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all participants and visitors.”

HE Dr. Ali bin Tamim, President of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, said, “Abu Dhabi International Book Fair continually works to enhance the Arabic cultural and knowledge sectors, while also providing the public a platform from which to view the latest literary releases from around the world. We look forward to welcoming visitors to ADNEC and learning about the interesting functions and events Germany will present as Guest of Honour of the 30th and 31st editions of the fair, along with the many other international and Arab publishers.”

Mouza Al Shamsi, Acting Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre and Director of Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, said, “This year at ADIBF, all the necessary health precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of participants and visitors. We are also pleased to announce a package of incentives for participants in this year’s exhibition in support of the publishing sector. This includes the allocation of 300 grants as part of the programme ‘Spotlight on Rights’ in its three categories – translated paper books, e-books and audiobooks.”

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair will take place at ADNEC from 23 to 29 May 2021, opening from 9am to 10pm from Sunday to Saturday, and from 4pm to 10pm on Friday.


About the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) drives the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sectors, fuels economic progress and helps achieve Abu Dhabi’s wider global ambitions. By working in partnership with the organisations 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 effort and investment, deliver innovative solutions, and use the best tools, policies and systems to support the culture and tourism industries. 

DCT Abu Dhabi’s vision is defined by the emirate’s people, heritage and landscape. We work to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status as a place of authenticity, innovation, and unparalleled experiences, represented by its living traditions of hospitality, pioneering initiatives and creative thought. 

About the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre

The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, works to support Arabic language development and modernisation through comprehensive strategies and frameworks, enrich the scientific, educational, cultural and creative contributions of the Arabic language, promote Arabic language proficiency and cultural understanding, and support Arab talents in the fields of writing, translation, publishing, scientific research, arts, and content creation.

The Centre works to realise its foundational vision through dedicated programmes, human expertise, and meaningful partnerships with the world’s most prestigious technical, cultural and academic institutions.

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