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The Al Ain Book Fair Creativity Corner Presents a Space for Children’s Education and Entertainment

Abu Dhabi, 10 September 2018: Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Ain Region, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) presents the Creativity Corner, as part of the 10th edition of Al Ain Book Fair (AABF), which will once again feature a selection of workshops and educational activities for children in co-operation with some of the most prominent government and private educational institutions.  

A dynamic programme specially curated for children aged 6-12, the Creativity Corner will present creative sessions and workshops throughout the 10-day book fair from 23rd  September – 2nd  October, at the Al Ain Convention Centre.

Abdullah Majed Al Ali, Acting Executive Director of the National Library Sector, DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “The Creativity Corner at Al Ain Book Fair is aimed at inspiring young minds through a rich programme filled with critical thinking skills and educational activities. At the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, we are delighted to provide children with an opportunity to indulge into the world of knowledge while creating an empowered and intellectually-stimulating environment.”

With seven categories based on an innovative approach that brings edification, education and entertainment together under one roof, this year’s Creativity Corner will host a Comics Section, the Reading Section, the Science Planet, the Intelligence Challenge, science shows, live performance shows and competitions. 
The Comics Section will introduce comic art to children as branches of visual art which incorporates reading with sequential art. Cartoonist Matt Smith will lead sessions and workshops for children and teenagers instructing them on how to plan comics, draw their own original characters and more. 
The Reading Section will encourage reading through different genres, styles and more and will have sessions supported and hosted by United Arab Emirates University and the Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan Future Generations Society.

The Science Planet section uses fun scientific experiments to allow children to better understand themselves and their surroundings and the activities are designed for children aged 7 and above. Activities include Build Your Own Flying Vehicle/ Alternative Energy Car, The Mars Spacecraft Challenge and Animal World. 

The Intelligence Challenge section will encourage children to stimulate their problem solving abilities with riddles and creative thinking challenges. Activities are designed for children aged 7 and above. 
The Science Shows will feature a thrilling and experimental show presented by the Takamul Academy daily at 11am. 

The lead character from popular children’s show Iftah Ya Sim Sim will perform live shows for children daily at 11am from 23rd – 25th September. 
Visitors of the book fair will also be able to participate in daily competitions and games hosted by media personality Maged Sukar throughout the duration of the fair. 
Al Ain Book Fair opens its doors daily to visitors from 9am to 1pm and from 5pm to 10pm, and from 5pm to 10pm on Fridays.

The Book Fair offers access to the latest publications in the fields of literature, thought, poetry, history and a variety of academic and educational books. It also allows visitors to meet their favourite Emirati writers, in addition to the chance to attend a series of cultural and literary seminars, which discuss many topics and ideas related to society and education, featuring thought pioneers, intellectuals, writers and journalists, along with a host of live musical performances.
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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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