Dubai Cancels Children’s Book Fair

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka


Dubai’s financial crisis has led to the cancellation of the inaugural Dubai International Children’s Book Fair.

The event had been scheduled to take place February 3-10, 2010, but the event organizers, the Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, announced with “regret” on Friday that the Fair has been “indefinitely postponed.”

The Maktoum Foundation, which promoted the Fair heavily in at both BookExpo America and the Frankfurt Book Fair, runs a wide variety of programs related to culture, including the highly visible Tarjem translation project. The impact on these programs, if any, still remains to be seen.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.