ABU DHABI, 24th January, 2018 (WAM) — The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, DCT, is organising the first edition of the Abu Dhabi Publishing Forum, to be held on 30th and 31st January, 2018, under the theme ‘Transformations and Achievements in the Publishing Industry: The Emirati Experience’.
The forum, taking place at Manarat Al Saadiyat, will play host to expert Arab and foreign publishers and writers representing institutions and centres from around the world.
Through its eight sessions, the forum’s speakers and delegates will discuss the most important developments and challenges facing publishing in the UAE in particular, and the region in general, based on several main themes, including authorship and publishing. The forum will also shed light on the latest developments in the publishing industry, providing an opportunity for the exchange of information and expertise.
It will also include two workshops, one of which will discuss the publishing industry, while the second deals specifically with children’s literature.
The forum aims to underscore the fact that publishing, writing, and culture in general, are the pillars of building future generations, those who will be responsible for the advancement of society, especially since publishing has previously been based on printed books, newspapers and magazines. It also looks to proper solutions to keep abreast of the latest developments brought about by advancements in technology, whether positive or negative.
Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT, said, “The Abu Dhabi Publishing Forum brings together brilliant minds to discuss and find solutions or mechanisms that push the publishing industry forward by monitoring the achievements by having an understanding of the transformations that have taken place in the UAE publishing scene, and using this as an experience which can be studied and evaluated. Through this process, we look forward to producing useful and achievable results, from which not only the UAE can benefit, but also the entire region”.
The forum will be attended by officials and publishing experts from around the world.