Emirates Publishers Association highlights potential of Arabic publishing industry at London Book Fair

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Sharjah: The Emirates Publishers Association (EPA) is marking its presence at the London Book Fair (LBF) from April 5-7, where Sharjah is celebrated as ‘Market Focus’ – the first representative of an Arab city to receive this honour, with a stand-alone stand showcasing the works of three leading publishing houses in the United Arab Emirates: Kalimat and Liberty Education United Kingdom – UAE Branch. As well as the broad participation of workers in copyright and copying, content creation and publishers around the world.

At the opening ceremony of the LBF, Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the International Association of Publishers (IPA), Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Government Relations (DGR), and Head of the Sharjah Delegation to the LBF 2022, HE Ahmed Al Ameri, Chairman of the Sharjah Book Authority, and a delegation of senior officials visited the EPA booth, where they were briefed on the unique works of the participating publishing houses, which aim to strengthen cooperation and partnership agreements with European publishers and to raise the status of the publishing industry in the Arab world.

The stand was also visited by His Excellency Rawdha Mohamed Alotaiba, Deputy Head of Mission at the UAE Embassy in London, Şekib Avdagiç, President of Istanbul Chamber of Commerce and Istanbul Convention and Visitors Bureau Istanbul (ICVB), and its accompanying Turkish delegation, and Dr Ahmad al dibayan, Director General of the Islamic Cultural Center in London.

Commenting on EPA’s participation in the LBF, His Excellency Ali Obaid Bin Hatem, Chairman of EPA, said, “Honouring Sharjah as a Market Focus is an incredible opportunity to celebrate Emirati literature and Arabic books. and to forge stronger cultural links with publishing players in and around the UK. Europe”, considering that the participation of the EPA in the LBF, together with an elite of cultural, heritage and creative entities of the emirate, highlights the dynamic, creative and international landscape of the emirate, under the direction and the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhmmad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. Thus, Sharjah became a publishing center across the Arab world.

Bin Hatem emphasizes the role of the works of publishers, under the aegis of the association, in strengthening the presence of Emirati and Arab writers in world markets. He added: “We look forward to forging meaningful links with UK and international publishers to strengthen our business partnerships, expand our business and enter new markets.

EPA’s presence at the 49th edition of the London Book Fair, which ends on April 7 at Olympia London (Olympia Exhibition Centre), is in line with its mission to represent Emirati publishers locally, regionally and internationally. and contribute to strengthening their influence in new markets. , where more than 20,000 publishers, booksellers, literary agents, librarians and media representatives from around 100 countries attend the fair.

In addition, the EPA welcomes to its stand the award-winning Kalimat Group, a parent company which holds 5 footprints under its umbrella, and the UAE branch of Liberty Education UK, a pioneer in providing high quality accredited resources for schools. international. Additionally, participating publishers – under the umbrella of the association – present a multitude of genres ranging from children’s literature and academic works to picture books, translated publications and more.

EPA participating publishers hold networking meetings with UK and international publishers to explore opportunities for collaboration and discuss key and emerging publishing trends in the industry. The EPA team met with the Nielson group on book metadata research in the UAE. The association team also met with representatives of Ingram Content Group, UK, to improve the level of technology and distribution services available to publishers and better serve a growing global community of readers. connected.

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