Celebrating Sheikh Zayed as the ‘Personality of the Year,’ the 28th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair will host 1,350 exhibitors from 63 countries
Abu Dhabi, 16 April 2018: Held 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 28th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) will take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 25th April to 1st May 2018.
The press conference was held at Manarat Al Saadiyat in the presence of HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), HE Robert Rostek, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, Abdulla Majid Al Ali, Director of Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, alongside a number of distinguished intellectuals, writers and journalists.
ADIBF will host 1,350 exhibitors from 63 countries covering 35,000 square metres at ADNEC, while exhibiting more than 500,000 books in more than 35 languages from around the world. With an extensive cultural public programme, over 830 seminars, workshops and more will be held with authors and publishing experts from around the globe.
Celebrating Poland as the Country of Honour, ADIBF will introduce audiences to the 1,000-year history of Polish literature. These works, authored by Polish writers over the centuries, will open a platform for all to explore the cultural wealth of Poland.
The Department of Culture and Tourism’s Kalima Translation Project will present 25 new books of literature, translated from three international languages - French, English and German.
Additionally and for the first time ever, DCT Abu Dhabi will offer visitors to ADIBF an "electronic card" that they can charge with credit to purchase books, for a seamless experienced without the need to carry cash.
HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, said: "Since the first edition of book fair held in 1981 at the Cultural Foundation under the guidance of the late Sheikh Zayed, our nation has followed his vision to develop a culture that recognises the importance of the consumption and production of literary works. The great strides made in the development of a publishing industry in the UAE has resulted in the creation of a literary tradition that champions the achievements of the past and combines them with modern literary trends. This year’s edition of Abu Dhabi International Book Fair brings together a stellar selection of authors, thought leaders, academics, poets, publishers and more.
“It is with great honour that we join the nation in celebrating the Year of Zayed and pay homage to our Founding Father’s exceptional spirit and the vision he had for our country, the cultural landscape in the region, and the wheels that he set in motion to enable generations of Emiratis to live a life full of learning."
HE Robert Rostek, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Abu Dhabi, said: “Both 100 anniversaries are of huge importance for our past, our present and future generations in both countries. To be the Guest of Honour of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2018 is a great privilege, but being a Guest of Honour in the year of Zayed makes this role even more special and more important.”
He added: “I would like to underline that it is for the very first time that Republic of Poland is in such a distinctive role in the whole Arab world. It is a priceless occasion not only to promote Poland through its culture, literature, travel destination and tradition but I sincerely hope that this venue will mark a new beginning of working contacts which will result in common cultural projects. Without any doubt there is not enough mutual knowledge about our two countries and their traditions in our societies, and I am convinced that this edition of the Book Fair will build tangible bridges that will change this situation.”
Abdulla Majed Al Ali, Director of Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, said: "The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi has been integral in the accomplishments of the Arab publishing industry over the last decades with a focus on strategy, the promotion of Arab literature, the sharing of knowledge from different civilisations and most importantly, initiating and encouraging cultural dialogue. In accordance with the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, literature is a vital part of society and it is with great pride and honour that we have seen the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair grow globally each year. The fair annually positions Abu Dhabi’s fundamental cultural role in the publishing and literary industry worldwide and continues to act as a beacon of communication between creatives, authors, publishers, journalists and a forum for those interested in books and reading."
"This year, as we are delighted to present new global initiatives in the industry, including a collaboration with Canon's Future Book Industry Forum to introduce the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair audience to the latest discoveries and current trends in the printing and publishing industry. The discussions at the forum will be focussed on the seamless integration between the processes of production, printing and distribution of books,” he continued.
"The Kalima project is one of the most ambitious initiatives launched by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, with the aim of reviving the translation movement in the Arab world and supporting the vibrant cultural activity in Abu Dhabi to boost its contributions to the regional and international cultural and literary landscape. As part of its role as a pioneering Arab cultural initiative, the Kalima Project is organised by the 6th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Translation Conference under the slogan "Scientific Translation and Knowledge Development" to highlight the role played of translation in building bridges between civilizations, cultures and literature to and from the Arab world, and in efforts to build the capacity and capabilities of young translators.”
Mohamed Al Shehhi, Director of Research and Publications at the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, said: "This year we are proud to host 1,350 exhibitors from 63 countries while exhibiting more than 500,000 books in more than 35 languages from around the world. We have put together an extensive and expansive public programme which features over 830 sessions by leading authors and publishing experts from around the globe. Additionally, as we celebrate Poland as the Country of Honour, opening the gates for the Arab world to explore the range of cultural wealth and literature from Poland, we see the stages of prosperity and decline in the ancient history of Poland.”
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2018 exhibition seeks to promote the publishing and book industry in the UAE and the region, providing an advanced and effective Arab model for the protection of intellectual property rights. Enhancing the connections between youth and access to cultural and creative outlets, the fair aims to stress upon the next generation taking the helm of a sustainable cultural renaissance.
ADIBF will run from 25 April to 1 May 2018 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). The fair will open on 25 April at 11am, and be open to the public from 9am – 10pm daily except on Friday, when the timings will be 4pm – 10pm.
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The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The Department manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The Department of Culture and Tourism supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key role played by the Department is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.