As part of its preparations for the 30th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ABIDF), which will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi hosted a press conference to announce the number of exhibitors participating this year.
Also highlighted were the precautionary measures that will be applied to ensure the health and safety of organisers, exhibitors and visitors at the event, taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 23rd – 29th May, 2021.
The press conference was held in the presence of Dr. Ali bin Tamim, President of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, Juergen Boos, President of the Frankfurt International Book Fair, Moza Al Shamsi, Acting Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre and Saeed Al Tunaiji, Director of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre Media Office.
Dr. Ali bin Tamim, President of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, said: “We are striving to achieve the ambitious vision of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair in consolidating its position among the best of its kind, by establishing constructive international partnerships with leaders of the cultural sector around the world. In this context, I am pleased to announce that we are celebrating the Federal Republic of Germany this year as our Guest of Honour, and to announce our partnership with the Frankfurt International Book Fair.”
He also added: “We at the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre are aware that the advancement of the publishing and literature sector requires tireless efforts that extend beyond providing platforms for intellectual networking and cooperation between individuals and institutions. Therefore, we are pleased to announce the launch of the first virtual platform for selling copyrights in the Arab region. We have also taken practical steps to support this sector by providing a comprehensive package of motivational benefits to publishers and authors alike, which is best represented in the ‘Spotlight on Rights’ programme, as we have increased the number of allocated grants to 300 and included the eBook and Audiobook categories along with Translated Print Book.”
The 30th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair will see the participation of 800 exhibitors from more than 46 countries in its physical and virtual exhibitions. It is noteworthy that the virtual exhibition will include all exhibitors from the physical exhibition, in order to ensure maximum exposure for participating exhibitors.