Abu Dhabi International Book Fair opens after the International Congress of Arabic Publishing and Creative Industries
The 32nd Abu Dhabi International Book Fair opened on Monday with over 1,300 exhibitors, and more than 2,700 events taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) and five prominent cultural sites across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In line with the UAE’s declaration of 2023 as the ‘Year of Sustainability’ and ahead of the UAE hosting COP28, this year’s book fair highlights the theme of sustainability. Guests can explore issues such as how to foster a sustainable publishing industry and engage youth in the sustainability agenda.
Türkiye is the Guest of Honour for this edition of the fair, which presents a dynamic cultural programme celebrating Turkish literature, children’s books and cuisine. Diverse panel discussions and events will delve into the cultural exchange between Turkish and Arabic literature and cultures, with speakers and guests including renowned Turkish authors and poets, leading academics, chefs, artists and illustrators.
Boasting over 800 speakers throughout the week, guests can expect to hear from the likes of British author and scientist Matt Ridley and Spanish author and philosopher Dr Carissa Véliz, among many regionally or internationally acclaimed writers, publishers and thought leaders. Visitors will also have a chance to meet winners of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award and International Prize for Arabic Fiction, both of which are organised by the Arabic Language Centre.
Preceding the day before the fair’s official opening, the programme also includes the International Congress of Arabic Publishing and Creative Industries. With a spotlight on the Arab world, the Congress presented the latest trends in publishing through keynote presentations, panel discussions, networking events and workshops connected to the salient theme of ‘Adapting Stories’.
For further information, please visit the AD Book Fair website.