Abu Dhabi / WAM
The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) concluded its 26th edition with a record 272,320 visitors and having generated sales of AED25 million.
The fair was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, from April 27 until May 3.
This year witnessed a celebration of Italy as the Guest of Honour, and Ibn Rushd as the personality of the year. TCA Abu Dhabi has announced the selection of China as the Guest of Honour next year at the 27th edition.
Abdullah Majid Al Ali, Director of Library Management at TCA Abu Dhabi, said that this edition was remarkable and distinctive at all levels, noting that it was attended by 1,261 publishers from 63 countries, who presented the best literary, intellectual, cultural, scientific, and economic publications, as well as various science and educational books.
The fair was marked by unprecedented intellectual and cultural momentum and included more than 507 cultural events that attracted 612 pioneers of thought, literature, poetry, culture, and publishing. They participated in a programme that included seminars dedicated to publishers, book agents, distributors, booksellers, translators, and the public.
The number of book titles on show at the fair reached 500,000 in 30 languages from around the world.
The exhibition, which included the signing of over 100 books and poetry collections, received significant media attention, both regionally and globally. More than 200 journalists from local, Arab, and international media outlets participated in the coverage of the
activities of the exhibition.
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair also witnessed the signing of 230 agreements supporting publishing rights. The fair also shed light on TCA Abu Dhabi’s achievements in promoting culture at regional and global levels. Attention to various aspects of the book industry is one of the main features that Abu Dhabi Emirate has put in place as a strategy to support