India is designated as the guest of honour for the 29th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADIBF, by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, DCT Abu Dhabi. The designation held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Saif Saeed Ghobash, Under-Secretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, said:
“India’s selection as the guest of honour of the 29th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair underscores the deep ties between India and the Arab world and the long-standing UAE-India relationship, which preceded the UAE’s foundation in 1971.”
“Inspired initially by trade, these relations expanded to encompass cultural and literary products and scientific and artistic marvels, offered by a country in which 24 official languages and hundreds of dialects coexist.”
The participation of India is expected to attract significant visitor numbers with various events and activities throughout the entire duration of the ADIBF. The authority assuming that the activations will embrace the fields of literature, culture, art, music, cinema and dance.
The participation of the country also provides the chance for investors wishing to explore and capitalise on opportunities offered by Indian groups and publishers. Indian writers, authors and literary scholars will be host in the pavilion and will serve as ambassadors for the literature and art of their country.