ABU DHABI, TGO: The 31st Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF 2022) on Thursday hosted the latest meeting of book fair directors from across the Arab world.
The Fair is organised by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).
The meeting aimed to cover issues regarding the development of these fairs, the enhancement of their role in supporting the publishing sector and its workers and ways to promote their position as platforms to spread knowledge among various community members.
Representatives of the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) attended the meeting, along with directors and officials from book fairs.
Attendees discussed the challenges facing book fairs and how to turn them into promising opportunities and explored the current state of affairs in the Arab publishing industry and the challenges publishers face. Several additional issues were also on the table, including the role that book fairs play in spreading culture and civilised communication and the impact they have in promoting books and other content to readers.
ADIBF will be heading the Meeting of Arab Book Fair Directors as the presidency of the meeting is transferred from KSA to the UAE. For the upcoming year, ADIBF will supervise and coordinate with the General Secretariat to track progress made on development plans and work to advance and promote Arab book fairs.
Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, Acting Executive Director of the ALC and Director of ADIBF, said, “Through innovation and collaboration between the organisers of Arab book fairs, we have effectively supported the region’s publishing industry growth. We have great faith in these fairs and the pivotal role they play in the development of communities. Arab book fairs will undoubtedly play a constructive role in enriching the cultural movement in general. We look forward to the meeting’s recommendations, which aim to bring all efforts to enable book fairs to continue to enlighten Arab minds, promote awareness and advance thought.”
Saad Al-Zughaibi, Director of the Department of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities in the General Secretariat of the GCC, welcomed the UAE’s efforts – represented by the ADIBF management – to organise and host the 19th Meeting of Arab Book Fair Directors.
He said, “A wide range of topics was addressed during this meeting to enhance the level of organisation in GCC book fairs; pitch and coordinate new accompanying cultural events; discuss topics that support book fairs; and raise recommendations to the Committee of Ministers of Culture, which promotes joint action and advances the cultural movement.”
The 19th Meeting of Arab Book Fair Directors also reviewed the progress made towards implementing the recommendations of the 18th meeting, and explored several topics proposed by member states, including the tentative dates for book fairs in GCC countries from 2026 to 2030, and the activities accompanying these events.
Attendees also discussed the Gulf Cultural Strategy 2020-2030 and the requirements of the next meeting.
The 31st edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair takes place from May 23rd to 29th at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).