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Apr 01, 2018
Founding Father announced as the Personality of the Year for the 28th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

In celebration of the Year of Zayed, and in appreciation of his numerous intellectual and cultural contributions to shape a society centered on knowledge and innovation, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) recently announced the selection of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as the ‘Personality of the Year’ for the 28th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF).

Choosing Sheikh Zayed as this edition’s ‘Personality of the Year’ celebrates his profoundly effective role in shaping today’s UAE society. Founded on the premise that that the educated individual is what makes a nation wealthy, rather than money, Sheikh Zayed endeavoured throughout his life to sustain a balanced community by preserving traditions and heritage, while also adopting a culture of innovation, and acceptance.

The book fair, to be held from 25 April to 1 May 2018 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, will witness the participation of a number of Arab and foreign publishing houses. It will encompass a wide-ranging professional and cultural programme featuring heavily on thought and literature.

For its 28th edition, ADIBF will place special focus on e-publishing, digital content, e-applications, and the latest technologies in the publishing world.

This year's edition also celebrates Poland as its Guest of Honour, providing an opportunity to explore the culture of Poland, which seeks through its participation to introduce Polish literature spanning 1,000 years. These works, authored by Polish writers over the centuries, reflect the stages of prosperity and decline in the ancient history of Poland.

ADIBF will also provide its visitors with the opportunity to explore the timeless classic works of 19th century Polish literature, as well as the recent literary masterpieces written by Polish Nobel laureates, from the epic literature of Henryk Sienkiewicz, and the poetry of Czesław Miłosz, to the modern works of Wisława Szymborska. The book fair will also be a chance to learn about Polish traditions in the feld of children's literature.

“Through its programme of seminars and discussions, this edition of ADIBF will reflect the extraordinary vision of the founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to express his committed work ethic and exceptional contribution to our society," said His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of DCT Abu Dhabi.

"As the nation celebrates the Year of Zayed, we strive to highlight the valuable intellectual legacy of the founder of our country and his deep belief in the strategic signifcance of education and culture in human development and in strengthening the country’s international relations.

“It is thanks to Sheikh Zayed’s distinctive perspective and timeless endeavours that we have transformed the UAE into a modern country and a school of thought and leadership for all,” he added.
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