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Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and Canon spotlight publishing innovation at Middle East first-ever ‘Future Book Forum’

Abu Dhabi, 28 April 2018 – Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi in partnership with Canon, the leader in imaging solutions, hosted the first ever ‘Future Book Forum’ in the Middle East.

The Forum, which took place on April 28th during the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, gathered more than 60 top publishers from the Middle East region, and attendees discussed key challenges faced by the printing and publishing industry, potential solutions on how new technologies can help improve profitability, and identifying new opportunities for growth. 

By analysing the findings at the Forum, Canon is defining a better future for the book, making them even more personal, intelligent and useful – the “Smart Book”.

The five-year partnership agreement with Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi to hold the Future Book Forum is set to support the printing and publishing industry in the Middle East by developing insights on the latest trends that can help businesses by reducing costs, increasing sales and profitability. 

“As part of this partnership, it is our aim to evolve and foster the emirate’s book heritage and culture. The world is changing and it is our duty to guide others and help them adapt to this change and succeed with it,” said Abdulla Majed Al Ali, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair Director. “We are proud to partner with Canon and lead the printing and publishing industry towards a bright digital future that is upon us”. 

“In this digital era, organizations across all industries are embracing IT transformation solutions across their business processes, to streamline operations and increase efficiencies.” said Shadi Bakhour, Business Unit Director, B2B, Canon Middle East. “Through this partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, we aim to provide printing and publishing industry experts with a futuristic vision into the industry; helping them create inspirational and profitable experiences, through understanding the customer needs and the technologies that will enable them”

“Furthermore, we are also aiming to expand our partnership to continuously enlighten and enable the industry through case studies, workshops and more” added Bakhour.

During the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Canon is showcasing a live demonstration of a digital book production workflow; helping publishers better understand the important role technology plays in creating opportunities and overcoming current industry challenges.

The workflow demonstration will be showcased through Canon imagePRESS Color, Oce varioPRINT B&W, book binding, and Web-to-Print Technologies. Canon will be hosting Jamalon, an online bookstore operated by Canon’s technology and Art Plus, showcasing an online photobook printing workflow.

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About The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi 
The Department of Culture and Tourism 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.   


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