The UAE’s President, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has authorized a Dh6 million grant for the purchase of books and educational materials at the ongoing Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.
The acquired volumes will be given to school libraries across the UAE to help the publishing and education sectors.
As reported by The National, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, the fair’s organizing body and a division of the Department of Culture and Tourism ― Abu Dhabi, Ali Bin Tamim, informed that the grant provides a strong foundation to continue the efforts to keep the local and Arab publishing market globally competitive.
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He said that it will also play an important role in improving knowledge and culture in the UAE by providing students with a wide range of books and reference materials from the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.
The 31st book fair features over 1,100 publishers from around 80 nations, as well as more than 450 activities such as panel discussions, seminars, cultural evenings, and children’s events. Panel discussions and workshops have been curated for students of all ages, with some sessions being streamed live to schools and institutions around the UAE.
The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is open to individuals aged 16 and above, and admission is free with prior registration from the website. Vaccinated visitors must produce a negative PCR test result from within the last 30 days on the Al Hosn app. While unvaccinated or exempt visitors must demonstrate a negative PCR test result on the Al Hosn App taken within 96 hours. Face masks are required to be worn at all times.