Al Ain: The 12th edition of the Al Ain Book Fair opened on Tuesday with more than 100 local publishing houses participating.
Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, officially opened the 10-day event.
The book fair is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tahnoon bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, representative of the sovereign in the Al Ain region. The fair, organized by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center (ALC) under the leadership of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi), takes place at the Zayed Central Library until September 30 .
Cheikh Khaled was accompanied on his tour by Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, president of DCT Abu Dhabi; Saif Saeed Ghobash, Managing Director of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office; and a number of other senior officials.
As part of his tour, Sheikh Khaled visited several exhibitors and publishing houses participating in this year’s fair. Coinciding with the UAE’s ’50th Year’, the book fair is held under the theme ‘A Generation of Readers is a Leading Generation’.
More than 50 renowned Emirati intellectuals, writers and poets will present 24 dialogue sessions. There will also be at least nine performances of Western and Eastern music by musicians from the Bait Al Oud Music Center.
High cultural place
Al Mubarak said, âDCT Abu Dhabi is constantly striving to promote cultural events and activities in Al Ain, especially as the city has a unique role in preserving the nation’s cultural heritage. As part of the celebration of the 50th Year of the United Arab Emirates, the Al Ain Book Fair reaffirms its importance to the Emirati cultural scene and showcases its rich cultural and intellectual heritage.
Dr Ali bin Tamim, President of LAC, said: âThe Al Ain Book Fair is one of the highlights of the UAE’s cultural calendar. With its unique program, the fair allows Emirati writers to engage with their readers, which in turn energizes Al Ain’s cultural scene. The AABF also presents a multitude of family events to encourage reading and active engagement between children and their parents.