Abu Dhabi receives award at 2018 Beijing International Book Fair

ABU DHABI, 27th August, 2018 (WAM) — The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, DCT Abu Dhabi, has won the ‘Best Pavilion Award’ at the 2018 Beijing International Book Fair, BIBF, one of the largest international book fairs in the world.

DCT Abu Dhabi participation in the Beijing International Fair is part of the roadshow launched to promote Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADIBF. Organised annually by the DCT Abu Dhabi, ADIBF is one of the most significant international fairs, and the fastest growing in the MENA region.

Aiming to attract new publishers to ADIBF 2019, which will be held from 24th – 30th April, the roadshow included a series of meetings hosting publishing specialists from China and the world.


Commenting on the award, Dr. Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri, UAE Ambassador to China, visited DCT Abu Dhabi’s pavilion, and viewed the publications of Dar Al Kutub (the National Library) and the ongoing preparations for ADIBF’s upcoming edition.

For his part, Abdullah Majed Al Ali, Acting Executive Director of the National Library Sector at DCT Abu Dhabi and Director of ADIBF, said, “DCT Abu Dhabi’s participation in the Beijing International Book Fair showcased the cultural diversity seen in Abu Dhabi. It also represented Abu Dhabi’s quality initiatives for attracting publishers and writers, especially through ADIBF, which aims to create better opportunities for Arab publishers, introduce Arab readers with international publishers and extending cultural bridges through dialogue. BIBF is one of the most important international book fairs, offering opportunities to meet publishers from the Far East and the rest of the world.”

“Such participations enable us to enrich the cultural and professional programmes of ADIBF, which attracted 1350 exhibitors from 63 countries last year. We are currently working to enhance the quality of the fair’s visitor experience to meet the expectations of its local and international guests, while maintaining the standards protecting intellectual property, and translation copyrights,” Al Ali added.

During its 27th edition, ADIBF hosted China as the 2017 Guest of Honour. China’s huge participation featured a wide range of Chinese writers and authors, and resulted in the establishment of sustainable strategic relations in all fields between the two countries. It also provided for multiple partnerships in the cultural and tourism fields, which spawned the UAE-China Week, China Film Week, and the launch of a number of joint translation and publishing projects.

With more than 2000 exhibitors participating from around the world, the Beijing International Book Fair was concluded yesterday after running for 5 days.

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