Reaffirming Saudi Arabia’s strong presence on the Arab literary scene, Saudi pavilions drew in many crowds at the 32nd edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), which was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 22 to 28 May.
With mesmerising covers and diverse themes, the wide selection of books and literary oeuvres elegantly showcased at the Saudi pavilions not only catered to various audiences but also reflected the latest directions taken by Saudi cultural and educational institutions in light of the cultural and intellectual transformation taking place in the Kingdom.
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The pavilions brought together distinguished Saudi publishers, authors, and thought leaders, coupled with a remarkable presence of Saudi universities like Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS).
Also, King Fahad National Library, King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah), and King Saud University were in attendance. Publishers were also strongly present, offering the audiences a variety of knowledge and cultural choices.
Initiatives and projects
Besides book fairs, Saudi pavilions also launched a host of initiatives, including the Saudi Research and Media Group’s launch of RAFF Publishing — an initiative it had announced at the Riyadh International Book Fair.
Deriving its name from the Arabic word for “shelf”, RAFF is one of the latest additions to the SRMG’s track record as a content and information pioneer in the region.
ويشهد المعرض، في دروته الحالية، تقديم دار "رف" للنشر "Raff Publishing" التابعة لـ SRMG، مجموعة متنوّعة من الكتب تُمثّل باكورة منشوراتها، وتشمل ترجمات عربية هي الأولى من نوعها لعددٍ من الأعمال العالمية. pic.twitter.com/6xwy7LdBmk— مجلة سيدتي (@sayidatynet) September 29, 2022
RAFF Publishing aims to become the leading state-of-the-art publisher in the Mena region, catering to its audience through innovative business models, partnerships with leading global publishers, and digital publishing technologies such as print-on-demand, e-books, and audiobooks.
Ibrahim Al Sannan, Editor-in-Chief at RAFF Publishing, commented on Saudi engagement at ADIBF, saying: “Our presence at the ADIBF is not limited to showcasing our publications.”
“We’re also actively partaking in seminars and workshops and networking with many literary and cultural symbols attending the fair as participants or winners of literary awards such as the International Prize for Arabic Fiction and the Sheikh Zayed Book Award,” he continued.