A Wholesome Visit & Exhibit to the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2024

Today, I’m excited to share my recent experience at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2024.

The 33rd Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF 2024) captivated book lovers and cultural enthusiasts with an impressive line-up of events and activities. It was held from April 29th to May 5th 2024, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

Picture this: a bustling fairground filled with freshly printed pages’ aroma, eager readers’ chatter, and the excitement of discovering new literary treasures. Prints Publications was right in the heart, with a vibrant stall showcasing our wide range of books, educational toys, and scholarly journals.

My journey at the book fair was nothing short of exhilarating. From exploring the artistic interiors to engaging in insightful discussions, every moment was filled with inspiration and learning.

One highlight was my meeting with Mr. A. Amarnath, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India in Abu Dhabi. They visited the Prints Publications stall and shared his valuable time for our enriching discussions on industry matters. Hearing his insights and sharing my experiences with him was an honour.

I also enjoyed connecting with Majd Alshehhi, Director of the Emirates Reprographic Rights Management Association. Our discussion on intellectual property and copyright issues opened up new avenues for collaboration and understanding.

The book fair welcomed 1,350 publishers from 90 countries, including 140 first-time participants. Additionally, 375 local exhibitors showcased their latest releases, making ADIBF 2024 a vibrant literary and cultural exchange hub.

ADIBF 2024 offered a comprehensive cultural extravaganza featuring poetry nights, professional programs addressing AI’s impact on publishing, and children’s activities. The fair also celebrated culinary diversity, tantalising taste buds with global flavours.

The event extended its reach digitally, implementing a sophisticated payment system for the first time. China’s significant presence with nine pavilions underscored the fair’s global appeal, while India’s participation promised a rich cultural exchange.

ADIBF 2024 was not merely a gathering of books but a celebration of knowledge, creativity, and cultural exchange. The fair fostered intellectual dialogue and appreciation for the written word by honouring literary giants and spotlighting diverse cultures. With its multifaceted offerings, the event enhanced Abu Dhabi’s position as a beacon of cultural vibrancy on the global stage.

Reflecting on my experience at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2024, I am grateful for the valuable encounters and meaningful discussions. It was a reminder of the transformative power of literature and culture, and we’re excited to continue our journey of promoting reading, learning, and enlightenment.

Thank you to the organisers, participants, and visitors who made this event a success. Until next time, happy reading!

 

Pranav Gupta
Managing Director,
Prints Publications

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