Youth participation in ADIBF 2017 highlights next generation’s cultural richness

ABU DHABI, — Representatives of publishing houses participating in the 2017 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADIBF, stated that the UAE’s vibrant cultural scene and the promising presence of young people at the fair are evidence of the wealth of knowledge, culture and thought that the UAE leadership is nurturing for future generations.

The most sought-after books at ADIBF this year were social novels followed by children’s books, and young adult literature, said the publishers to Emirates News Agency, WAM.

Hassan Ali bin Salem Al Zaabi, Owner of Madad Publishing House, said that the large turnout had exceeded expectations. The fair witnessed different segments of society, especially young people, who showed a keen interest in social novels.

Mohammed Kandil, Executive Director of Dar Al Molhamoon Publishing and Distribution, added that the large turnout and the presence of youth with different literary interests was a good sign as the future of youth depends on reading, culture and knowledge, in order to challenge destructive ideas.

Mariam Moussa, Head of Programmes and Activities at Al Nabati Publishing House, stated that the book fair has managed to attract youth with different literary preferences while highlighting the great demand for novels, children’s books and research publications, as well as the presence of youth publications.

Ryan Al Jadani of Hammalil Publishing House stressed that the book fair highlights the fact that young UAE writers are leading the future, pointing to the great demand for their literary and cultural publications, especially novels.

Issam Abu Hamdan, Director of Al Saqi Publishing House, said that the book fair has become the main foundation of the international cultural map, receiving considerable support and attention that positively affects the cultural scene.

Source: Emirates News Agency