Abu Dhabi: 1,100 publishers from 80 countries will participate in the book fair – News

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The Louvre will also host a series of seminars and roundtables bringing together Nobel laureates, eminent authors and critics.



Published: Fri, May 13, 2022, 1:06 PM

The 31st edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) 2022 will welcome over 1,100 publishers from more than 80 countries, the Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi (ALC) has announced.

There will be more than 450 cultural and knowledge-based events, as well as seminars and interactive activities during the week-long fair starting May 23 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (Adnec).

Additionally, Louvre Abu Dhabi will be part of the fair and will host a series of seminars and panel discussions featuring Nobel laureates, eminent authors, poets and critics.

Dr Ali bin Tamim, chairman of the ALC, which is part of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, said the fair was a “turning point” for the local cultural sector.

“For more than three decades, the Fair has presented a premier platform to showcase our Arab and Emirati culture and civilization to the world.”

Juergen Boos, director of the Frankfurt International Book Fair, described ADIBF as a “heavyweight” in the publishing industry.

“Welcoming Germany as the guest of honor embodies the strong cultural ties between the UAE and Germany,” Boos said, adding that Germany would participate in more than 40 events, leading writers and thinkers in daily workshops for schools and children.

During seminars and round tables, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will welcome personalities such as the Syrian poet and critic Adonis; Guido Imbens, who received half of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Economics; Professor Roger Allen, a leading Western scholar in modern Arabic literature; Teacher. Homi K. Bhabha, Professor of Humanities and Thought Leader on Colonial and Postcolonial Theory, Harvard University; Professor Muhsin J. Al Musawi, Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York; and Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of eight fantasy novels, as well as several world-renowned authors, thinkers and cultural figures.

“The book fair will remain a beacon of knowledge and creativity, bringing together creative minds around it. With this in mind, we have drawn up a program for this year’s edition that reflects the renowned position the event occupies on the Arab and global stage,” said Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, Acting Executive Director of ALC and Director of ADIBF.

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Additionally, there is the First International Congress of Arabic Publishing and Creative Industries – the first event of its kind in the Arab world, which will discuss the latest publishing trends and highlight the importance of digital publishing with a dedicated corner. There will be art exhibitions, poetic, literary and cultural evenings, an educational program for students of different levels and age groups.

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