The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) is running from April 24 to 29, 2013. The 23rd edition of the ADIBF opens its doors on Wednesday at 11 a.m., for free, for the 200,000 expected attendees. The Book Fair will be held inside the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec), with the support of Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
The number of exhibitors present this year has seen an increase of 13%, reaching 1,000 exhibitors from 50 different countries. To accompany the growth, the exhibition space is also increasing by 15%, turning into the region’s biggest book fair and one of the fastest growing in the world.
Multilingual and Diverse
This year, the subsidies from the previous years’ book fairs are being used to fund the translation of pieces from the Arabic language to promote Arabic culture world-wide. Visitors can expect to find over 500,000 books from different cultures and backgrounds, in more than 30 different languages, a testimony of the ADIBF diversity and its growing importance. Even the Illustrator’s Corner is truly international at the 2013 Fair, with guests from a variety of countries such as Spain, Switzerland and Malaysia.
Focus on Education and the Young
The focus at the ADIBF 2013 will be mainly on the young. Those behind the Fair and Abu Dhabi as a whole recognize education as fundamental and see the fair as another way to encourage reading habits among the younger sector of the population. To cater for the children, the date of the Book Fair has been moved so that it does not clash with the exam period.
At the Creativity Corner, children will find many activities aimed at them, with animated videos and movies. This year, the ADIBF is also integrating children with disabilities. There is even a sign language interpreter to assist those with any kind of hearing impairment and help them participate into the activities.
As yet another attraction for the young ones, the ADIBF is having a cooking stand to show visitors how to create their own dishes. The fair will also have musical performances by GCC groups and poetry recitals for the first time. Everyone in the Gulf is invited to show their own talent.