Abu Dhabi International Book Fair scraps fees for Syria publishers

Point of reference for booksellers

ABU DHABI - Syrian publishing houses have been exempted from paying fees to participate in the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF 2013), as the Fair throws light on the Arab Spring.
Juma Abdullah Al-Qubaisi, Director of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, said that the decision to exempt Syrian publishing houses from paying the fees was taken in view of the difficult circumstances prevailing in Syria.
He also added that the decision owed itself to the positive feedback about Syrian publishing firms that participated in previous editions of ADIBF.
Abu Dhabi is rapidly becoming the hub of the Arab book trade and the point of reference for booksellers, publishers and distributors in the Arabian Gulf region.
Organized by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA, Abu Dhabi), Abu Dhabi International Book Fair offers the best access to industry professionals and key market players in the region. With more than 500,000 titles on display each year, the possibility for new business opportunities is endless.
ADIBF has unveiled a dynamic new events schedule as part of its annual Professional Program to strengthen the event’s standing as the publishing industry’s leading professional platform in the MENA region.
The comprehensive agenda of panel discussions, presentations, talks and networking opportunities is bigger and better than last year and will run throughout the book fair at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
The varied and interesting line-up of over 30 sessions will bring together over 50 professional speakers, market leaders and trend setters to share their views on topical publishing topics.

Dynamic new events

“The innovative additions to this year’s Professional Programme have been designed to accurately reflect evolving segments in the publishing industry, technological developments in education, ePublishing and reinforce Abu Dhabi’s reputation as a growing centre of publishing excellence,” Al-Qubaisi said.
A number of Professional Programme sessions will focus on the GCC countries as the ‘Market Focus’ of this year’s fair. Topics to be discussed include the use of ‘social media in publishing’, ‘access to GCC educational markets as part of The Education Chapter series and the ‘market for art books in the GCC countries’.
One of programme’s key focus points will be the role that technology continues to play in the developing publishing world. The dedicated ‘eZone’ area – that has doubled in size – will feature seminars on cutting edge issues at the crossroads of publishing and technology and will host companies from US, Germany, Spain, Greece, the UAE, Jordan and India.
Some of the most eagerly anticipated round table discussions this year will concentrate on topics such as Technology to Improve Education, Development of eBooks Markets Globally, Social Networking and Publishing, Purchasing Strategies of Academic Libraries for Digital Content and Start-Ups and Publishers: How to Co-operate?