Emirates News Agency – Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi invites to join ‘Spotlight on Copyright’ program

ABU DHABI, 21st May, 2022 (WAM) — The Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has announced the opening of registration for its ‘Spotlight on Copyright’ program for the upcoming Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), which will see its 31st edition take place from 23-29 May 2022 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC).

The program aims to raise awareness of the benefits of copyrighted works while supporting the translation of content to and from Arabic. It also provides grants to convert print content into e-books and digital audiobooks, as well as to foster greater cooperation between Arab and international publishers.

Grants offered by the program for a printed book translated into or from Arabic range from AED 9,200 to AED 14,700. Grants for converting print to e-books range from AED 3,700 to AED 7,400, while grants for converting to audio books range from AED 5,500 to AED 7,400.

The program was first launched in 2009 and has since published over 900 books with over 100 publishers in various categories including children’s books, science, history and social studies. These books, which have enriched the Arabic literary scene, have since also been translated into several other international languages. As of 2020, over 900 books have been translated, with grants totaling AED 1,836,000 awarded. In 2020, the program introduced an audio/digital book grant to keep pace with the rapid transformation of the publishing industry globally. Electronic and audio content now exceeds print content globally, as well as in the Arab region.

Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, Acting Executive Director of ALC and Director of ADIBF, said: “With this program, the Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi seeks to promote respect for intellectual property rights in the Arab World. It encourages the exchange of knowledge between Arab peoples and foreign publishing houses and works tirelessly to enrich Arabic content by offering financial and professional support to publishers and encouraging the translation of content to and from Arabic.

Last year’s edition of the program supported 1,042 titles, with grants totaling AED 2,359,727, split between the three categories of books: AED 1,679,920 for the paper category with 138 books, AED 230,000 for 41 audiobooks and AED 449,807 for 123 e-books.

Participants can register and submit applications for the Copyright Spotlight program in person at Hall 10, Stand A06 at ADIBF. Further information is also available by emailing [email protected]