Saad Abdul Radi (Abu Dhabi)
During the era of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, the publishing sector in the Emirates achieved qualitative leaps, and its industry flourished remarkably at all levels, regionally, Arab and internationally, and this is reflected in the great successes achieved by the publishing sector, both in the huge amount of The local publishing houses that have spread throughout the Emirates are run by male and female citizens of different ages, or through advanced printing mechanisms that compete with their counterparts in the most prestigious countries in the world.
The United Arab Emirates has also become one of the most important countries that give great attention to the publishing industry, not only in direct support of the sector, but also through the promotion of the knowledge encyclopedia and the dissemination of the culture of reading among all citizens and residents, which is embodied in the full attention to cultural and educational institutions and all industries and sectors other related.
Publishers have expressed the development witnessed by the publishing sector, where Mohamed Nour El-Din, publishing director at Nabati House, said: During the era of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, the number of publishing houses doubled in a continuous and unprecedented manner, and he assumed the leadership of It was led by male and female citizens, and the Emirates Publishers Association was established, in addition to the remarkable activity in the publishing sector through the local, regional and international participation of Emirati publishing houses and the huge number of books and publications in various knowledge and arts.
Nour El-Din pointed to the importance of the decision in support of the sector, which is to allocate March of each year to be a month for reading, which enhanced the quality and diversity of publications and created a movement in the local book process, as well as in the interest in the translation sector from and into Arabic, and added: The sector witnessed during the era of the deceased’s homeland Al-Kabeer has shown great interest in publishing and a remarkable development until private publishing houses have an important presence and a great impact in upgrading the whole sector along with the government sector.
Muhammad Nour El-Din stressed the position that women have enjoyed in the publishing sector, whether through her leadership of many publishing houses or her contribution as a writer and creator.
Noureddine added: Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi is a good example of this, as she is the first Arab woman to hold the position of President of the International Publishers Association, which is a high position and has a great global standing.
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For his part, Abdullah Al-Kaabi, from Dar Al-Ramsa Publishing, said: During the era of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, we witnessed the great development in the publishing sector. Years ago, the number of publishing houses was limited, and entry to the sector required the availability of factors Many are encouraging, and thanks to the support of the Empowerment Leader, publishing houses have spread in the Emirates in an unprecedented way in the hands of young Emiratis.
He added that the development of the publishing sector contributed to the support of Emirati innovators and creators of all ages, and witnessed the emergence of many book stars from the talents of the dear nation.
Al-Kaabi pointed out that the sector was not only distinguished in the large number of publishing houses and writers, but also in the very advanced printing mechanisms that excelled in their industry over many countries of the world known for development in this sector, as it had an impact on the emergence and development of innovators and innovators of citizens. Other than writing, such as art direction, design and other disciplines that support the book industry.
Al Kaabi stressed that the interest in the sector was not limited to the book industry only, but was also evident through the great interest and support for book fairs. About him that we translated 100 works from Chinese into Arabic and vice versa, which contributed to the expansion of the creative field. Al Kaabi added: The direct support of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, had a great impact on that, in addition to grants to publishers such as the publishing grant, Adwaa grant, and others. Al Kaabi said: We have benefited greatly from the support provided to us by the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul. Among them: Chinese, Korean, Italian, German and Spanish.
He added: The late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, had a long-term vision represented in the transformation of the local publishing sector into a global sector, so that countries are looking forward to participating in local book fairs, and I expect, after all these successes, that the UAE will become thanks to These efforts serve as a regional, Arab and international center for publishing.
The month of reading is considered one of the most important cultural events at the level of the United Arab Emirates. In 2016, and under the directives of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, the month of March was chosen every year to be a month of reading. The state is engaged in reading in actual steps aimed at preparing and consolidating it as a capital of culture and knowledge, in which activities and initiatives are launched from various state institutions, which in turn aim to spread the culture of reading in the Emirati society, which helps individuals realize the importance of reading in nourishing the soul and building the mind. The month of reading aims to encourage the Emirati people to make reading one of the activities that are practiced daily, in addition to motivating them to consolidate the culture of reading into a constant daily habit, as well as always striving to create distinctive initiatives related to reading and paying attention to all its details.
It also promotes and supports the creation of a generation armed with culture and a love of knowledge, thus achieving the sustainability of the efforts of all institutions based on this impressive activity to consolidate the culture of reading locally, and this month supports the contribution to preserving all the achievements made by the state in various fields, whether intellectual or cultural Or knowledge, so that all of this constitutes a distinctive civilized model to be followed in the field of reading.
Emirates Publishers Association
In 2009, the Emirates Publishers Association was established, which works to develop the publishing sector within the United Arab Emirates, to serve the state intellectually and culturally. Writers in the country through a series of qualification and training programs that raise the efficiency of workers in this field, and seek to improve the conditions of the profession and its laws.
The association also pays great attention to the protection of all rights related to publishing, such as intellectual property and translation. The association is a member of the Arab Publishers Union, and it is a member of the International Publishers Association.
The Emirates Publishers Association supports the Emirati publishing business in promoting Emirati writers, delivering more Emirati books to readers in the United Arab Emirates, and expanding the share of Emirati publishers’ businesses locally and internationally. It also leads and directs the publishing sector towards contributing to the societal, cultural, educational and economic development of the UAE. It also focuses on strengthening the existing legal framework in the UAE to provide global protection for publishers of intellectual property rights, copyright and freedom of publication, and thus enhance creativity in the UAE.
Rashid Al-Kous: A prominent presence of publishers in the development process
Rashid Al-Koos, Executive Director of the Emirates Publishers Association, said: The high position achieved by the publishing sector in the Emirates during the era of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, strengthened the wide cultural spaces that promoted the book industry, and through which the sector achieved pioneering breakthroughs. Quantitatively and qualitatively, publishers in the UAE have a prominent presence as contributors to the development process that continued during the era of the great nation’s deceased, and the knowledge makers in it had an abundant share in making the UAE at the forefront of global cultural destinations that are strongly present in all countries of the world.
He pointed out that the Publishers Association reaped the fruits of this support and care given by the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace, to the publishing sector through its sponsorship of the publishers’ efforts, and their contribution to consolidating their role in the Emirati cultural scene, which was reflected in the societal situation with a passion for knowledge. And its sources, and this is indicated by the number of members of the association, which has reached 235, in a clear indication of the remarkable expansion of investment in knowledge industries based on the book, without neglecting the quality, as Emirati publications achieved a high position on the podiums that honor publishing makers in all its stages.
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