Emirates News Agency – Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi’s Publishing Industry Forum explores the future of the sector and growth prospects

ABU DHABI, 30th August, 2022 (WAM) — The Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi (ALC) hosted the inaugural Publishing Industry Forum, an event for the Association of Emirates Publishers, at the St Regis Abu Dhabi.

The forum aimed to support the promotion of the Arabic language and Arabic content creation efforts. He showcased local and international ALC publishing projects and its initiatives to support Emirati publishers.

The event brought together Dr. Ali bin Tamim, President of the ALC, Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, Acting Executive Director of the ALC, and Rashid Al Kous, Executive Director of the Emirates Publishers Association, as well as 50 Emirati publishers specializing in children’s books and publishers of young adult literature, e-books and audiobooks, literary agencies, copyright trade professionals and translators, as well as representatives of the various departments of the ALC.

Al Tunaiji said, “The publishing industry has faced many challenges in recent years, forcing stakeholders and relevant authorities to mobilize efforts and clearly define the future of the industry. The Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi is committed to developing systems for the publishing industry locally and internationally, providing support to writers and publishers and promoting their work in global markets. The Publishing Industry Forum with the Emirates Publishers Association is a continuation of these efforts, helping to strengthen communication between industry players so that stakeholders can stay abreast of developments and take up any challenges that may arise. »

Rashid Al Kous said, “This forum has given the global publisher community a significant new opportunity to present recommendations that they believe will fuel the efforts needed to ensure that modern technology adoption continues to grow and advance. our industry. Forum participants in our region can leverage and personalize recommendations to benefit their businesses while diversifying their content into e-book and audiobook formats, especially in the genres for children and young adults, as these are become central topics of discussion with translations, book marketing, fairs and festivals.

“The Arabic language will always be the primary medium for transmitting our deeply rooted history and cultural identity while serving as a protector of our identity for generations to come. Therefore, the role that Emirati and Arab publishers play in making these goals can only be Through their contributions, they are transforming the local and regional publishing industry into an inclusive cultural ecosystem that continuously promotes learning among Arab readers in their native language.

The forum assessed the current state of the Emirati publishing industry and the challenges it faces, highlighting the aspirations of publishers and their proposed solutions to problems in the sector. The event highlighted the role of book fairs and their impact on the industry, with attendees exploring ways to revamp the professional program of the 2023 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair and discussing prospects for the development of the Al Dhafra Book Fair.

Other topics of discussion included modern marketing mechanisms and various channels for print, digital and audio publications. The forum also highlighted the results of the first International Congress of Arabic Publishing and Creative Industries, as well as the successes of ALC’s regular participation in various international book fairs.

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