First Dubai International Publishing Conference To Be Held In UAE 2017 Month Of Reading
Dubai, 28 February, 2017: The Emirates Literature Foundation, in partnership with the General Secretariat of The Executive Council of Dubai, will host the first Dubai International Publishing Conference from 5-6 March 2017 during the UAE’s 2017 Month of Reading. More than 30 international and regional experts from the publishing industry will be shedding light and sharing information on the most up to date practices and latest trends, and conduct masterclasses. Joining the line-up are Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, founder and CEO of Kalimat Publishing Group, UAE Deputy Director-General of the National Media Council His Excellency Mansour Al Mansouri, Jamal Al Shehhi, founder of Kuttub, Richard Charkin, immediate past President of the International Publishers’ Association and Executive Director of Bloomsbury, and Jason Bartholomew, Director of Quercus USA and Director of Subsidiary Rights, Hachette UK.
The Conference will open with an introductory address from one of the bestselling authors in the world, Jeffrey Archer, followed by the keynote addresses at 10.30am.
National Reading Policy
The event celebrates the goals of the National Reading Policy, launched in the United Arab Emirates in 2016, and is another step towards promoting the creative content of Arab writers and showcasing how the publishing industry can promote a reading culture.
His Excellency Abdulla Abdul Rahman Al Shaibani, Secretary General of The Executive Council of Dubai said, ‘The Dubai International Publishing Conference assists in accomplishing the UAE’s vision to stimulate interest in reading within its community and future generations. Dealing with this urgent matter bridges a gap that appears on our path to accomplishing Dubai’s 2021 vision. Studies have shown that encouraging readership cannot be done independently without increasing the availability of literature and creative writing in the Arabic language specifically. The publishing industry and other similar entities such as editing, designing and the like, play a vital role in promoting this environment.’
His Excellency added, ‘Building this industry and increasing its competitiveness in the Arab world is the only guarantee to support the production of quality literary work in the regional industry. We need to create strong foundations through adopting and implementing plans and strategies on a consistent and long-term basis on par with the developments in the rest of the world, to continue raising the standards of today. Adding to that, raising the competitiveness of the publishing industry in the Arab world would lead to it becoming a competitor in modern publishing, e-publishing, audio publishing, and creating new platforms to reach readers.’
The two-day programme will explore many facets of the publishing industry, including digital trends, publishing strategies, the role of Publisher Associations and the National Media Council, as well as a look into the home-grown industry today.
A special event at the Conference will be the Translation Matchmaking Session where members of the Emirates Literature Foundation will present a selection of books –in Arabic and in English – that they believe would be popular reads in translation.
The Conference will be held alongside the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the UAE’s premier literature festival.
Isobel Abulhoul, OBE, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation and Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature reiterated the importance of the Conference, ‘This is the ideal environment for a growing industry to flourish. Literature and reading have become an integral focus of the UAE government’s strategies. In order to entice readers, a greater selection of reading material produced to an excellent standard will be of enormous benefit. By encouraging a conversation between international and regional publishers, transfer of knowledge and best practices will be shared, and relevant strategies can be adopted by the regional publishing industry. International publishers can better understand how publishing and distribution works in this part of the world, enabling them to develop their skills more. The Conference will provide students with the opportunity they need to know more about the publishing field and provide them with a stepping stone for a career in the industry.’
Promoting Reading In Line With Dubai Plan 2021
The General Secretariat of The Executive Council is partnering with Emirates Literature Foundation in this first of a kind conference in the region in an effort to support the Dubai Plan 2021 objective of having happy, creative and educated individuals who are proud of themselves and their country. It has developed a framework for the Emirate’s national reading strategy, in coordination with other government entities. The strategy focuses on enhancing the supply and demand for reading, in line with the National Reading Policy, which was instituted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The General Secretariat of The Executive Council of Dubai also plans to implement a number of initiatives and projects over the next two years, in collaboration with strategic partners, to achieve the aims of the National Reading Policy. These initiatives and projects will aim to promote creative content in Arabic, encourage creative young Arab writers, support publishing and printing, and rethink the role of the librarian, due to its importance to the cultural and educational process.
It is important to note that reading has an important contribution to achieving the goals of Dubai Plan 2021, which focuses on the development and growth of the individual and society. Reading has direct linkages to both the “A City of Happy, Creative, and Empowered People” and “An Inclusive & Cohesive Society” themes.
The General Secretariat of The Executive Council of Dubai is the Emirate’s representative on the Supreme Committee for Reading in the United Arab Emirates and the authority supervising the coordination of all activities and initiatives which will be held in Dubai to enhance reading, develop the human capital, contribute to the cognitive capacity building, support the national intellectual production and build of knowledge based societies in UAE.
All sessions will take place at the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City, from 5-6 March, 2017.
For more information, visit: www.dubai-publishing.com