By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson
Bin Tamim: “Newly invigorated”
As Publication prospects readers know, the return to an all-in-person physical staging of the 31st Abu Dhabi International Book Fair was a major business this year, and in a global publishing region that relies heavily on its consumer-facing book fairs for revenue.
The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is a production of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centerwhich is headed by Dr. Ali Bin Tamim.
After leading the opening of the fair this year with the inaugural staging of the International Bilingual Congress of Arabic Publishing and Creative Industries, Bin Tamim then presided over a 73,000 meter long fair, a visibly large exhibition, even for sprawling Abu Dhabi. National Exhibition Center.
The Abu Dhabi fair entered its fourth decade with a final number of exhibiting publishers of 1,130, a nice gain from last year’s 889 publishers.
This year’s presses are said to have come from 80 countries. Indeed, 880 of them were international exhibitors.
“It was a pleasure to welcome the intern againinternational publishing community at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair for a successful 31st edition,” said Bin Tamim. “Newly invigorated, we were proud to present a platform for publishers to meet face to face, providing tangible opportunities for collaborationn between the Arab region and the globe.
“We look forward to seeing how the industry responds to calls for increased digital engagement, especially in light of the grants the Arabic Language Center has introduced.”Dr. Ali Bin Tamim, Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center
“We were particularly pleased with the response to the first International Congress of Arabic Publishing and Creative Industries, which included discussions on the latest innovations in publishing and technology, and we look forward to seeing how the industry responds to calls for increased digital engagement, especially in light of the grants the Arabic Language Center has introduced.
Following the most critical moments of the pandemic years so far, many publishers and book retailers across the international industry have struggled to make a quick and effective leap to digital, and one particularly compelling line has now been drawn between the need to engage young readers in literature and the channels of access and marketing that the digital setting provides.
In line with those points, our coverage includes interviews with TikTok Middle East’s Hany Kamel and Disney Streaming Services consultant Maha Abdullah, whose specialty is bringing comprehensive localization to studios’ production work, which she has also made with Netflix.
In addition, the Arabic Language Center – no respite for linguistics – continued to organize a special colloquium in Paris on Friday June 3, a special colloquium Tarjama (“Translation”) in collaboration with the Institut du Monde Arabe. Led by Bin Tamim, the symposium highlighted how language translation is a way to share thoughts and ideas. In a series of lectures, speakers also explored the rich history of the Arabic language and the future of the language in France.
We hope to hear more about this event from Paris shortly.
Boos: “A promising international fair”
Meanwhile, the Abu Dhabi Fair – which, like the Arabic Language Center is hosted under the emirate’s Department of Culture and Tourism – reports that the return of the guest of honor from Germany included a delegation of 80 publishers, writers, illustrators, translators and journalists, with a program of 40 special events and a cohort of 34 exhibitors.
“We are very happy that so many German exhibitors have benefited from Germany role as this year’s guest of honor to learn more about book markets in Arab countries.Juergen Boos, Frankfurter Buchmesse
The German presence unfolded around an imposing and elegant stand with multiple meeting spaces, book displays and a stage with seats for the public.
“The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is a promising international fair,” says Frankfurter Buchmesse President and CEO Juergen Boos, who led the German program, “and an ideal starting point for discussing licensing agreements with publishers in the region.
“We are very happy that so many German exhibitors have benefited from Germany role as this year’s guest of honor to learn more about book markets in Arab countries and to make contact in person.
During the race from the Abu Dhabi show, a report 650 program sessions took place over the week, involving more than 850 guests and speakers.
International speakers included syrian poet Adonis; Indian and lite feminist criticismtheorist Gayatri Spivak; Dutch-American economist and winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Economics Guido Imbens; Indian English specialist in colonial and postcolonial theory Homi Bhabha; German novelist and book designer Judith Schalansky; and British writer Ed Husain, author of The Islamist.
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