Emirates News Agency – Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center promotes UAE publishing sector at Riyadh International Book Fair

ABU DHABI, 6th October, 2021 (WAM) — The Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), will highlight its important role in promoting cultural understanding and promotion of the Arabic language at the Riyadh International Book Fair, taking place this month in Saudi Arabia.

Participation in the fair, which runs until October 10 at the Riyadh Front Exhibition Center, underscores ALC’s goal of supporting the regional publishing industry and fostering the development of Arabic. ALC has set up a dedicated pavilion where it will promote its internal projects, showcase its own publications and hold book signing ceremonies.

“We are delighted to participate in the Riyadh International Book Fair, an extraordinary cultural opportunity for the Saudi publishing industry, which has earned an outstanding reputation locally, regionally and globally,” said Dr. Ali bin Tamim, president of the ALC. “Close collaboration with publishers across the region is a critical part of our mandate to foster the cultural growth of the UAE, so we look forward to deepening these ties during the event schedule.”

During the event, Dr. bin Tamim, who is also Secretary General of the Sheikh Zayed Book Prize, will participate in the Arab Awards Forum, organized by the General Secretariat of the King Faisal Prize. A platform for Arab culture, the Forum is made up of representatives from award-winning organizations in the Arab world and provides opportunities for the exchange of knowledge and experience.

“The Riyadh International Book Fair stands out as a prestigious event in the Arab world, especially since it attracts such a large number of participants,” said Mouza Al Shamsi, ALC’s acting executive director. “This year, our efforts are devoted to introducing the ever-growing number of Saudi and Arab readers who are interested in the Centre’s vast collection of published books. We really hope that we see the resumption of book fairs after the challenges inflicted by the pandemic, which in turn will accelerate the pace of development of the publishing industry.”

An official ALC delegation is meeting with Saudi cultural leaders, as well as national and regional publishers to identify opportunities for growth in the publishing sector.

In its pavilion, the ALC will present a series of audiobooks and printed books, including approximately 100 remarkable 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 first book “Al Uslubia Al Mousiqiyah (Styles of Music)” on October 7.