The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is an annual book fair held in Abu Dhabi since 1981. It provides a platform where publishers, booksellers, agents, cultural organisations and press can meet, exchange ideas and identify business opportunities.
The 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, in 1981 under the designation of the Islamic Book Fair, which in 1986, become the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. The first edition was held at Qasr Al Hosn’s Cultural Foundation before it became a fixed annual event in 1993, transferring its venue to ADNEC when the Cultural Foundation’s extensive conservation programme began.
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 bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who was the year’s focus 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 helps develop the publishing sector and provides 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.