Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the 29th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair will be starting tomorrow (Wednesday 24th till the 30th of April).
By participating in ADIBF, the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities (DPM) and Tadweer will aim to take a more active role in spreading Abu Dhabi’s unique culture through its range of diverse publications, which will be launched during ADIBF alongside other publications that will be available to visitors on the DPM booth.
This year DPM have made its publications available to the pubic online by scanning the QR code in the booth, the approved manuals and publications will then be available to download by the visitors.
During the fair the DPM will also organise a series of seminars and presentations, which will include an explanation of the Municipal Presence Guide and the Manual to the Use of Local Plants in Landscaping Projects in Abu Dhabi.
The booth will include a "Smart Hub" section, also another section dedicated to the World Urban Forum (WUF10) which will be hosted in Abu Dhabi next year (February 2020). The Department has dedicated another section of its booth for children designed to encourage a culture of reading among young people with a number of fun educational activities taking place throughout the Fair.
In addition, the DPM will be hosting a number of competitive activities in calligraphy, reading, and best book design under the theme "Year of Tolerance", which is celebrated in the UAE this year.
Mrs. Hamdah Al Shamsi, Director of Media Affairs at the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities, said “The leadership has worked to spread the culture of reading as a part of everyday life in the UAE, as it contributes to the development and progress of countries.”
"Creating a reading culture in our society will improve our lives and boost the UAE’s knowledge economy; moreover, it will put Abu Dhabi’s on the world map as a destination for thinkers and intellectuals” she added.
Al Shamsi also emphasised that the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair serves Abu Dhabi's broader strategy, of preserving the UAE's cultural heritage and spreading a humanitarian message to the world.
Mr. Abdulrahman Al Baloushi, Acting Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development at Tadweer, said: "Tadweer is keen to actively participate in leading cultural events that attract a wide range of members of the community. This enables us to introduce recycling services in the field of waste management to fight public health problems, as well as to promote its initiatives and programs aimed at improving the quality of life of the population. The ultimate aim is to achieve a safe, sustainable and pollution-free environment in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.”
He added: "The participation of Tadweer at ADIBF is in line with its ongoing work to spread the love of reading and knowledge across all members of society, as well as raising awareness about the importance of knowledge and tools such as reading. By acquiring more knowledge, efforts to protect the environment will support the achievement of sustainable development goals.”
Tadweer’s participation at the exhibition includes organising the Best Reader competition. Furthermore, three specialised workshops are supported including paper and cardboard reuse, drawing and painting, and basalt installation. Visitors are also encouraged to write a phrase about tolerance in their language on a prepared wall, and to see the "Painting of Tolerance" which is made with recycled materials.