Four UAE entries at Frankfurt Book Fair

  • 9 October 2014

The UAE has made an impactful appearance in Frankfurt Book Fair 2014, 66th edition, which opened here on Wednesday. The fair is scheduled to continue till Sunday.

A total of 7,000 exhibitors from around 100 countries are taking part in the annual event amid a wide international focus and concern on the event.

The UAE is taking part in Frankfurt Book Fair 2014 through four entities; Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (ADTCA); Kalima Project, a non-profit initiative dedicated to funding the translation into Arabic, publication and distribution of high quality works of classic and contemporary writing which is affiliated to the ADTCA; and the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR).

Coinciding with the event, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation launched ‘Qandeel’ for publishing and printing services — one of the investment projects of the foundation which aims to shore up and develop the printing and publishing sector by boosting cooperation ties and partnerships.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, foundation’s managing director Jamal bin Huwaireb said the Qandeel project has been designed to promote and encourage reading and disseminating knowledge and to become a pioneer in publishing and printing.

Qandeel, he said, will be publishing and printing 1,000 books in different languages every year. “We entered into agreements with five companies — from Japan, France, Germany and Britain,” Bin Huwaireb said, adding that these companies will invest in the foundation so that the foundation will need no financial support from the government. “This is part of our objectives to open up pioneering projects that could cover our investments.”

Dr Ali bin Tamim, project manager at the ADTCA and secretary-general of the Shaikh Zayed Book Award, said that the authority’s participation in such prominent international events mirrors the significance of the Abu Dhabi International book Fair in the Arab region.