Abu Dhabi, UAE : The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), will be highlighting its important role in furthering cultural understanding and promoting the Arabic language at the Riyadh International Book Fair, which is taking place in Saudi Arabia this month.

Participation at the fair, which is running from October 1 to 10 at the Riyadh Front exhibition centre, underlines the ALC’s aim in supporting the regional publishing industry and furthering the development of Arabic. The ALC has set up a dedicated pavilion where it will promote its in-house projects, showcase its own publications and host book-signing ceremonies.

“We are delighted to participate in the Riyadh International Book Fair, an extraordinary cultural occasion for Saudi Arabia’s publishing industry, which has gained an outstanding  reputation locally, regionally and globally,” said HE Dr Ali bin arabTamim, Chairman of the ALC. “Strong collaboration with publishers throughout the region is an essential part of our remit to further the UAE’s cultural growth, so we look forward to deepening these links during the event’s timetable.”

During the event, HE Dr bin Tamim, who is also Secretary-General of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, will participate in the Arab Awards Forum, organised by King Faisal Prize General Secretariat. A platform for Arabic culture, the Forum is made up of representatives from award organisations in the Arab World and offers opportunities for exchanging knowledge and experiences.

“The Riyadh International Book Fair stands out as a prestigious event in the Arab world, especially as it attracts such a large number of attendees,” said Mouza Al Shamsi, Acting Executive Director of the ALC. “This year, our efforts are dedicated to presenting to the ever-increasing numbers of Saudi and Arab readers who are interested in the Centre’s vast collection of published books. We are really hopeful that we are witnessing the recovery of book fairs after the challenges inflicted by the pandemic, which will in turn accelerate the pace of development of the publishing sector.”

An official delegation from the ALC will meet with Saudi Arabia’s cultural leaders, as well as national and regional publishers to identify growth possibilities in the publishing sector. The delegation will also attend the Arab Publishers Conference on October 4 and 5.

At its pavilion, the ALC will present a series of audiobooks and printed books, comprising about 100 notable books and anthologies. Readers can also browse books on their Smartphones by scanning the QR code through the ‘Atheer Al Kutub’ and ‘Wajeez Al Kutub’ initiatives for audiobooks. Among the events at the ALC pavilion will be a signing ceremony for the launch of Naseer Shamma’s debut book ‘Al Uslubia Al Mousiqiyah (Styles of Music)’ on October 7.


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About DCT Abu Dhabi

The Department of Culture and Tourism –Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) drives the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sectors, fuels economic progress, and helps achieve Abu Dhabi’s wider global ambitions. By working in partnership with the organisations that define the Emirate’s position as a leading international destination, DCT Abu Dhabi strives to unite the ecosystem around a shared vision of the Emirate’s potential, coordinate effort and investment, deliver innovative solutions, and use the best tools, policies and systems to support the culture and tourism industries.

DCT Abu Dhabi’s vision is defined by the emirate’s heritage, people and landscape. DCT Abu Dhabi works to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status as a place of authenticity, innovation, and unparalleled experiences, represented by its living traditions of hospitality, pioneering initiatives, and creative thought.

About Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre

The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, a decree-law establishment as part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, works to support Arabic language development and modernisation through comprehensive strategies and frameworks, enrich the scientific, educational, cultural and creative contributions of the Arabic language, promote Arabic language proficiency and cultural understanding locally and internationally, and support Arab talents in the fields of writing, translation, publishing, scientific research, arts, visual and auditory content creation and organizing book fairs. The Centre, from its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, works to realise its foundational vision through dedicated programmes, unparalleled human expertise, and meaningful partnerships with the world’s most prestigious cultural, technical and academic institutions.

 About Sheikh Zayed Book Award

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award commemorates the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founding President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and his pioneering role in promoting national unity and development. The Award, and its associated accolades, are presented annually to outstanding writers, intellectuals, and publishers, as well as young talent whose writing and translation in humanities objectively enriches Arab intellectual, cultural, literary and social life. The Sheikh Zayed Book Award at the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, is an independent cultural initiative administered by Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi.

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