ABU DHABI, 29th May, 2022 (WAM) -- Dr. Hassan Nazim, Iraqi Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities, participated at the 31st Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), ongoing at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNIC) until 29th May, 2022.
Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, Mubarak Al Nakhi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Youth, Dr. Ali bin Tamim, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, Acting Director of ALC and Director of ADIBF, and a number of officials, intellectuals and media personalities welcomed the Minister and held a number of meetings and discussions with him and his accompanying delegation.
Dr. Nazim toured the exhibition and visited participating pavilions, accompanied by Minister Al Kaabi, Dr. bin Tamim and the accompanying delegates.
He also participated in a number of dialogue sessions that presented research papers and met with cultural figures as well as Iraqi, Arab and foreign publishers.
The Iraqi Minister participated in literary sessions and seminars, including a research paper discussion panel celebrating the 'Dean of Arabic Literature', Taha Hussein, the 'Personality of the Year' at ADIBF.
During the session, Dr. Nazim praised the pivotal role played by the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, now in its 16th edition, in promoting Arab and international scholars, authors and publishers at the regional and global levels.
The Minister commended the choice of Taha Hussein as the 'Personality of the Year' as key to highlighting the bright history of Arab culture and bringing it to the attention of younger generations.
On the sidelines of the event, Dr. Nazim congratulated Dr. Abdullah Al Ghathami on being named the Sheikh Zayed Book Award's 'Cultural Personality of the Year', stating that his great literary and critical contributions since the mid-eighties have addressed many valuable topics within the field of enlightenment.
The Minister also congratulated his compatriot Dr. Muhsin Al Musawi, Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, New York, who won in the award's 'Arabic Culture in Other Languages' category.
He added that the recognition of these exceptional cultural projects by the Award indicates the necessity of building a bridge of knowledge and human relations between the peoples of the world.
Al Kaabi highlighted ADIBF's role in encouraging the publishing industry and enhancing the position of books in light of technological development and the spread of digital content.
She also praised the great efforts made in preparing for the Sheikh Zayed Book Award and its role in enhancing the contribution of culture makers, thinkers and creators, publishers, and young people.
Minister Al Kaabi praised the diversity that characterised the current edition of ADIBF through the accompanying events and initiatives such as seminars, the Black Box Cinema and others, noting that the fair remains one of the most important cultural events in the country and the region.
She thanked the Iraqi Minister of Culture for his influential participation at ADIBF and extended her appreciation to the organisers of the event, especially the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, headed by Dr. bin Tamim and staff.
Dr. bin Tamim welcomed the attendance of the Iraqi Minister, describing it as an enrichment to the exhibition through his participation in many sessions and seminars and meetings with Emirati, Arab and foreign thinkers, scholars and authors, and directly interacting at events.
The Chairman of ALC stressed that the Minister is not an outsider from the cultural movement, but rather a key figure with many contributions to it, including a group of works published by the Kalima translation project. "Dr. Nazim was one of the first participants in the Abu Dhabi Translation Conference, which was held in 2012," he added.