ABU DHABI, 30th January, 2022 (WAM) — A delegation from the Ministry of Culture and Youth is attending the 53rd edition of the Cairo International Book Fair which is held under the theme “Egypt Identity – Culture and Question of the future” . The book fair started on January 26, 2022 and will continue until February 7, 2022 in Cairo under the patronage of Abdel Fattah El Sisi, President of Egypt.
The three-member delegation led by Ali Al Shaali, Deputy Under-Secretary for the Heritage and Arts Sector at the Ministry of Culture and Youth, also included Dr. Basima Younes, Cultural Advisor to the Ministry, and Afra Mahmoud, Founding Partner by Ghaf Publishing. The delegation attended the opening ceremony of the book fair, which was held in the presence of Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Egyptian Prime Minister, and participated in the conference “Translating from Arabic: a bridge between civilizations” , organized by the General Society of the Egyptian Book Organization.
The delegation attended the Cultural Retreat for the Arabic Language, organized by the Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi, and included a panel discussion on six themes with the participation of 45 speakers, where Al Shaali moderated the theme titled “Arabic Language and Creativity: Literature, Theater, and Music”.
The delegate also attended a press conference announcing Taha Hussein as the figurehead for the upcoming edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2022. The announcement included details of the program to celebrate the legendary Egyptian writer, in addition to reveal plans to publish studies and research dedicated to his memory, his biography, as well as new paper editions of his works, and a selection of his creations would be transformed into audio, electronic and photographic publications in cooperation with Arab publishers .
The delegation also visited the pavilions of participating Emirati institutions from the public and private sectors, including the Association of Emirates Publishers (EPA), the Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair ( AABF), National Library and Archives, Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) and Sharjah Institute for Heritage (SIH) in addition to several other Emirati publishing houses.
They also met Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA) and Founder and President of the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), and Dr Ali bin Tamim, President of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center, to discuss insights from the publishing industry, the results of the first edition of the Arabic Language Summit 2021, and the rich and varied publications provided by Emirati publishers participating in the book fair, which presents not only a source of knowledge but also a window on the culture and heritage of the UAE.
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Ali Al Shaali said: “The participation of the Ministry of Culture and Youth in major cultural events at regional and global levels adds value to the cultural profile of the United Arab Emirates. Book fairs are a great way to support the publishing industry and to help safeguard its future. Such events are especially relevant at a time when the world is witnessing such rapid transformation.”
“Our participation in the Cairo International Book Fair, the oldest and largest book fair in the Arab world, demonstrates the cultural richness of the UAE and showcases Emirati writers to the world.”
Al Shaali added, “This book fair is a global platform to discuss ways to maximize book exposure and give readers access to the latest local, regional and international publications. The International Book Fair of Cairo highlights the contribution of the Emirati publishing industry and connects the writers to their readers.
participation represents our country’s major interest in the Arabic language and introduce strategic plans to preserve and protect it, and help support creators, publishers and the translation movement.”
Al Shaali commended the efforts led by Egypt and the organizers of the Cairo International Book Fair for such a well-organized program that covers the most relevant issues facing the publishing industry and its future, while discussing the possibilities of integrating reading into our lives, and the importance of books in transmitting the heritage of Arab culture.
Some of the pavilions visited by the UAE delegation include Al Azhar Pavilion, Al Ahram Egyptian Establishment, Dar El Maaref Printing and Publishing and Dar Al Hilal Publishing. The delegation also met with representatives of these pavilions to learn about their efforts and plans to advance the publishing industry. They discussed the role of the book fair in bringing creators and readers together and how it helped them share some of the ideas and experiences on their publishing journey.