Abu Dhabi: The Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi (ALC) organized the first Publishing Industry Forum to showcase ALC’s local and international publishing projects, as well as its initiatives to support Emirati publishers.
The event brought together senior industry officials, including Dr. Ali Bin Tamim, President of the ALC, as well as 50 Emirati publishers specializing in children’s and young adult literature, e-book and audio publishers, literary agencies, copyright trade professionals and translators.
“The publishing industry has faced many challenges in recent years, which has forced stakeholders and relevant authorities to step up and clearly define the future of the industry. ALC 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 address any challenges that may arise,” said Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, Acting Director of the ALC. director.
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 the multitude of 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.
“The Arabic language will always be the primary means of transmitting our deeply rooted history and cultural identity, while also serving as a protector of our identity for generations to come. Therefore, the role that Emirati and Arab publishers play in achieving these goals cannot be overemphasized. 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,” said Rashid Al Kous, Executive Director of the Emirates. Publishers Association, in a speech to participants.