Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, continues its contribution to the Year of Reading by participating in the 35th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair 2016, which is being held 2 – 12 November, 2016 at the Expo Centre Sharjah.
The celebrated Sharjah International Book Fair is one of the most prestigious book fairs in the UAE and across the region. Dubai Culture’s participation in the event is one of a number of Dubai Culture activities in support of the Year of Reading initiative, announced by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, and supported by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.
Fahad Al Mamari, Director of Dubai Public Library at Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, said: “Our participation in Sharjah International Book Fair 2016 is part of our wider efforts to support an collaborate with all important cultural events in the UAE, and highlights Dubai Culture’s role in its contribution to the Emirate’s cultural and arts scene. In addition, this partnership demonstrates our commitment to the National Reading Strategy and provides the opportunity to build relationships with esteemed UAE and international cultural figures.”
Throughout the ten-day exhibition, Dubai Culture will showcase a number of Dubai Public Library books and collections. In addition, a number of engaging activities which are tailored towards a diverse range of visitor interests will be held at the Dubai Culture stand. The Authority is also unveiling the modified version of its website, as well as a new service to transfer books between the branches of Dubai Public Library by remote auto-piloted drones, marking a first of its kind in the world.
A number of Dubai Public Library book collections will be on display for the public, including featuring Dubai Culture’s ‘Soul of Dubai’. There will be a dedicated corner for books presented as gifts from Arab countries to His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum to support the first library in Dubai when it first opened in YEAR. Books printed in braille for the blind will be on display to the public, as well as books for children.
Visitors to the stand will experience a range of fun and engaging activities for children, as well as the chance to win an iPad every day. Furthermore, visitors will be able to demo the Dubai Public Library app in order to learn its key benefits and register as members of the Dubai Public Library.
The Dubai Public Library network includes eight libraries for adults and another seven for children. Some branches feature multi-purpose halls, classrooms and exhibition spaces; all branches of the Dubai Public Library are connected via computer systems and have links with other modern libraries, providing access to vast sources of information and knowledge on a diversity of topics in both Arabic and English.
About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority:
The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in order to drive the growth of the city’s artistic and cultural landscape. The Authority has grown to play a major role in the realization of the Dubai Plan 2021, to highlight Dubai as a thriving capital for creative industries and further embed the Emirate’s credentials as a city of happy, creative and empowered people.
As part of its mandate, Dubai Culture has several initiatives that are focused on strengthening both the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai, including Dubai Art Season – the city’s premier umbrella arts initiative which kicks off with Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and encompasses Art Week including Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai, and SIKKA Art Fair, Middle East Film & Comic Con, SIKKA Art Fair – an annual event aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE and the wider GCC region, Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre – an annual festival that fosters the art of theatre in the UAE and that is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016, and Dubai Next – a dynamic platform that aims to showcase the Emirate’s cultural ethos and its vibrant creative scene on the global stage.
The Authority’s other key initiatives include Creatopia (creatopia.ae) – the nation’s first government empowered virtual community that guides and nurtures the creative culture of the nation and provides a platform of information and opportunities that lead to exposure and personal growth.
Dubai Culture also plays a leading role in support of the UAE National Strategy for Reading 2026, in particular by undertaking a major refurbishment of all Dubai Public Library branches to transform them into state-of-art cultural and artistic hubs. Across all of its branches, Dubai Public Library also provides children and young adults with a range of educational and entertaining activities that encourage the use of its facilities. The ‘Our Summer is Filled with Culture & Arts Programme’ is a Dubai Public Library initiative which complements the UAE National Reading Strategy, with its activities open to all age groups, and which revolve around four key themes: happiness, reading, family and the future.
The Authority also manages more than 17 heritage sites across the Emirate, and is a key government stakeholder in the development of the Dubai Historical District. As the custodian Authority of Dubai’s museum sector, Dubai Culture will officially launch Etihad Museum and in December 2016. The museum will provide platform to encourage cultural exchange and to connect Emirati youth with their culture and history. As part of the Authority mandate to support Dubai’s vision of becoming the focal point of diverse cultural exchange (regionally & globally), the museums will play a catalyst role in preserving Emirati Heritage.