This event will kickstart literacy in the Arab world

Following in late leader Sheikh Zayed’s footsteps, the UAE is on a mission to steer the publishing industry in the Arab world, promote the importance of literary works and encourage youth to seek creative outlets.

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It’s a vision championed by the annual Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, returning from 25th April to 1st May at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The 28th edition of the fair, spread across 35,000sqm, will feature thousands of international titles as well as workshops and presentations from authors, academics, poets, publishers and more. The fair will also showcase the 1,000-year-old history of Polish literature as it celebrates the European nation as this year’s country of honour.

The 2018 fair is even more special as it celebrates the Year of Zayed, honouring the founding father who was eager to create a culture that acknowledged the importance of reading and producing literary works.

“In accordance with the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, literature is a vital part of society and it is with great pride and honour that we have seen the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair grow globally each year,” said fair director Abdulla Majed Al Ali. “The fair annually positions Abu Dhabi’s fundamental cultural role in the publishing and literary industry worldwide and continues to act as a beacon of communication between creatives, authors, publishers, journalists and a forum for those interested in books and reading.”

Aside from celebrating literature, the creative event will also feature the Show Kitchen and Illustrator’s Corner with visiting painters, calligraphers, animators, graphic designers and comic artists from around the world.

To find out more, visit: adbookfair.com

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