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Syrian Publishers Exempted from Participation Fees at 24th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

Initiative comes for second year in a row

Abu Dhabi, UAE; April 14, 2014
: Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has this year waived participation fees for all 70 Syrian publishing houses at the 24th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), which runs at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from April 30 – May 5, 2014.

“We understand the harsh conditions Syrians are facing because of the current situation in their country. We believe that alleviating the Syrian people’s suffering is a moral imperative for everyone with a living conscience and this move is in line with this message which is an inherent component in cultural endeavours”, commented Juma Abdullah Al Qubaisi, ADIBF Director and Executive Director of the National Library division, TCA Abu Dhabi.

“By waiving the fees, we are encouraging these publishers to join hands with us in shaping a new perception of human reality through culture and constructive intellectual dialogue, and building the human being by supporting the book industry despite their difficulties”, added Al Qubaisi.

Attracting over 1,050 Arab and international publishers, an increase of 15 percent over last year, ADIBF is one of the region’s most well-rounded book fairs. The great Arab poet Abu at-Tyayyeb Al Mutanabbi, who lived in the fourth century AH, is this year’s focus personality in a move aimed at encouraging people to re-read his intellectual works from a whole new perspective.

The fair will have a pavilion dedicated to the work of Al Mutanabbi including his poetry collections and dissertations written about him in different languages. There’ll also be daily lectures and seminars highlighting new aspects of Al Mutanabbi’s personality, literature and poetry in an attempt to understand the reasons why a tenth-century Arab poet remains so influential while Lebanese singer and musicologist Abeer Nehme, accompanied by leading Arab musicians, will sing at a concert, ‘Al-Mutanabbi… forever a traveler,’ which is inspired by the poet’s unique creativity and his quest for an equitable prince.

Accompanied by a professional programme, this year’s ADIBF is expected to generate wide interest from book industry stakeholders. The programme will focus on the latest book publishing developments through the experience of the region’s most notable publishers. ADIBF will also feature a rich cultural programme hosting several acclaimed literary and cultural icons, and hold dialogue sessions with the winners of the prestigious Sheikh Zayed Book Award, and the nominees for the Arabic Novel Award.

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