Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) is the most diverse book fair in the region. Abu Dhabi is a driving force behind the professional and commercial development of the regional publishing industry, and is committed to the long-term expansion of the global book business. Inaugurated 29 years ago by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Fair has gained a global reputation as a leading literary trade and cultural event in the region. Running from May 23 - 29, 2021, ADIBF aims to highlight the UAE’s rich heritage, showcasing its authenticity and modernity, as well as its cultural and literary output.
About Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi)
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of the 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.
The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is an annual book fair that first took place in 1981. It provides a platform where publishers, booksellers, agents, cultural organisations and media can meet, exchange ideas and identify business opportunities.
ADIBF forms part the strategy aiming to transform Abu Dhabi into a major centre in the publishing world. ADIBF was launched by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE. Celebrating its Silver Jubilee edition in 2015, ADIBF featured a series of panels and seminars under the theme ‘Sheikh Zayed: Light Illuminates the Future’, dedicated to the late Sheikh Zayed, who was the year’s focused personality. A dedicated exhibition charted his intellectual legacy based on his belief in education and culture as fundamental pillars for building a strong, modern state and developing international relations. In recent years, the Fair has also celebrated the cultural heritage of the renowned Arab poet Abu at-Tayyeb Al Mutanabbi and the renowned Arab philosopher Ibn Rushed.
Every year, ADBIF plays host to the most prominent Arab, regional and international publishing houses as well as organising events, with the participation of the world’s greatest publishers, which help develop the publishing sector in providing local and Arab publishers with new windows of opportunity.
Additionally, ADBIF seeks to enrich its activities with intellectual and cultural programmes including artistic performances that attract visitors and add flavour to the Fair.