Emirates News Agency – “Abu Dhabi Book Fair”… a platform to celebrate symbols of literature and culture

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ABU DHABI, May 27 / WAM / The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair has chosen a central figure around which part of the cultural program that accompanies the exhibition is concentrated, according to an approach that allows the celebration of Arab and international personalities that influence the fields of culture, literature and knowledge.

This complements Abu Dhabi’s pioneering role in honoring creators, intellectuals, academics and influencers in various fields through a series of awards and honors, which have become a qualitative addition to the recipients’ path.

Over the past few years, the exhibition has celebrated a constellation of figures who have made a difference on the cultural scene locally and globally, led by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan – may his soul rest in peace – by lighting the first candle for the book industry, authorship and culture promotion in the country and boosted its deep belief in science and knowledge And the culture of UAE is among the developed countries.

The list of central figures chosen by the exhibition in recent years included the great poet Abu Al-Tayeb Al-Mutanabbi, the Emirati poet Aousha Al-Suwaidi “The Girl of the Arabs”, the philosopher Muhyiddin bin Arabi, the philosopher Ibn Rushd, and the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Several Emirati and Arab writers and writers emphasized in statements to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, that the celebration of distinguished literary and cultural figures at the exhibition reflects the UAE’s keen interest in human culture in general and Arab in particular, which is consistent with the nature of the role and position it occupies as a global center of tolerance, cultural dialogue and diversity.

Poet and novelist Ali Abu Al-Rish said the central figures chosen by the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair in its previous sessions represent the model and model of intellectual and literary giving throughout history, and they were and still are at the forefront. the Enlightenment scene thanks to his contributions and creativity that transcend time.

Abu Al-Rish added that the focus on a central figure in each session of the exhibition contains several messages, the first of which is to express respect and appreciation for these great people who have enriched human history with their giving and creativity, and the second of which is to preserve the cultural, intellectual and scientific ties between the current generation and all civilizational and cultural flags and symbols that have passed through the history of mankind, and the third is an affirmation of the UAE’s pride in the balance of human civilization in its various forms and its insistence on completing the contributions of the Arabs in the march of human knowledge.

In turn, the Tunisian writer and poet Dr. Salah Al-Din Al-Hammadi praised the idea, which became one of the highlights of the exhibition, which reflects the degree of loyalty and appreciation for the important impact these creators left on Arab culture and international cultures and human civilization.

Al Hammadi said that the organizers of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair wanted, through this annual initiative, to confirm that the fair represents a symbol of authentic literature and culture, bringing the glory of the beautiful cultural past to the new generation to positively interact with and to urge them to continue the scientific and literary journey that was written by the first pioneers and to spread the message of science and knowledge to which they were committed.

In turn, the Sudanese poet Omar Ahmed Kaddour said that communication between generations is important in the production of knowledge, so that efforts are integrated, the threads of knowledge continue and the younger generations start their journey where the others left off. The International Book Fair is part of this mandatory communication between knowledge-producing generations.

Kaddour praised the idea of ​​choosing a central cultural figure for the exhibition each year, which he wants to publicize at all major events and cultural activities in the Arab world, noting that the UAE has always been the first to offer pioneering initiatives that benefit the entire the humanity.

The 31st edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair celebrates the dean of Arabic literature, Taha Hussein, who was chosen as the fair’s central figure, to continue the cultural and cognitive efforts that drive the consolidation of the status of literature and language. Arabic.

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