Abu Dhabi, UAE – The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), is taking part in the Cairo International Book Fair 2023, organised by the General Egyptian Book Organisation.

Now in its 54th edition, the fair is taking place at the Egypt International Exhibition Centre until 6 February 2023. The ALC’s programme for the fair is packed with cultural, educational, and arts events, in addition to poetry evenings, film screenings, and seminars focusing on the Centre’s most notable publications.

On the sidelines of the fair, the Centre is organising a series of musical and artistic celebrations in collaboration with Egypt’s Cultural Development Fund, including two concerts in the Al Ghoury Dome. ‘Umm Kulthoom: Poetry and Singing’ will see artist Marwa Nagy and her band perform the songs of the famed Egyptian singer, to celebrate the launch of ALC’s book of the same name. Meanwhile, at Abu al

Tayyeb and Shawqi: A Selection of Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan’s Favourite Poems”’ audiences will enjoy compositions by Egyptian musician Mustafa Saeed, performed by the Aseel Band for Contemporary Arabic Music.

The ALC is organising a screening and reception at Cinema El Hanager at the Cairo Opera House for the film Millstone: Al Ain “The Eye” is the First to See Dreams by Emirati director Nasser Al-Dhaheri, which documents the life of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founding Father of the UAE, and recounts how he spearheaded a renaissance in the eastern region of Abu Dhabi.

The Centre’s agenda also includes a poetry evening titled, featuring Emirati poet Khulood Al Mualla performing a selection of her poems, and a panel discussion about the book Ali Bey Al-Abbasi’s Travels: Travel Literature and the Translation Challenges, which sheds light on translated content and the challenges translator face when working on travel literature. The session brings together poet and academic Dr. Talaat Shaheen, who translated the book, and writer and novelist Ahmed Abdel-Latif, who proofread it.

His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Tamim, Chairman of the ALC, said: “The Cairo International Book Fair is a distinguished cultural event in the region, bringing together renowned intellectuals, authors, experts, and publishing industry leaders to present innovative ideas for developing the sector. The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre strives to play an active role in that regard, and is participating in the fair with a rich selection of events and discussion panels that align with the Centre’s objectives to promote the Arabic language in cultural and creative fields, as well as to support Emirati and Arab creators and publishers.”

As part of its participation at the fair, the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre is collaborating with the Arab Cultural Salon Foundation to organise a talk titled The Generation of Pioneers and Their Impact on Arab Culture: The Experience of Salah Fadl and Jaber Asfour. The discussion brings together diplomat and political thinker Dr. Mustafa al-Feki; Dr. Hussain Al-Hindawi, Assistant Secretary-General of the League of Arab States; and Dr. Amani Fouad, Professor of Modern Literary Criticism at the Academy of Arts in Cairo.

The ALC is organising a further discussion panel titled The Arabic Language in Academic Curricula:

Current Situation and Development Mechanisms, exploring the use of the Arabic language in various educational curricula in the Arab region and presenting the report issued by the ALC on the subject.

There will also be a symposium and book signing event for the publication Umm Kulthoom: Poetry and Singing, part of a series of music books issued by the ALC. The session will discuss the fames songstress’ reasoning for choosing the poems she sang, along with other topics related to poems and lyrical content represented by the works of Umm Kulthoom. The author of the book, Dr. Ahmed Youssef Ali, will take part in the session, along with Raafat El Sewerky, the Egyptian author, researcher and media personality.

The agenda also includes a panel session for the book Café Riche: Unfolding Egypt’s History by Emirati novelist and poet Maisoon Saqer, winner of the 2022 Sheikh Zayed Book Award in the Literature category. The book documents an important period in the modern cultural history of Egypt by tracing cultural and social transformations. The session brings author Saqer together with Dr. Hussein Hammouda, Professor of Modern Literary Criticism at Cairo University, and Dr. Kamal Mugheeth, Researcher at the National Centre for Educational Research and Development in Egypt.

Lastly, The Short Story in the UAE will feature Emirati author and journalist Abdul Hamid Ahmed, Emirati writer and journalist Nasser Al-Dhaheri, and Egyptian writer and novelist Walid Alaa Eldin discussing the craft of short-form writing, its evolution, and its main characteristics, while  Arabic Music: Power of Influence... and Richness of Impact will see Emirati poet, critic, and artist Ali Al Abdan, composer and researcher in the sciences of melody Mustafa Al-Saeed, and journalist Sayyed Mahmoud track the development of Arabic music through the ages.

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About Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre

The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, established following a directive from Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, late President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, 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, and support Arab talents in the fields of writing, translation, publishing, scientific research, arts, content creation and organisation of book fairs. The Centre works to realise its foundational vision through dedicated programmes, human expertise, and meaningful partnerships with the world’s most prestigious technical, cultural, and academic institutions.

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