By Edward Nawotka
The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) is fast approaching and will take place this year from March 28-April 2. The event has quickly become one of the premier publishing events in the Arabic-speaking world, and last year drew more than 200,000 visitors to visit some 875 exhibitors from 58 countries.
With the momentous changes across the Arab world in the past year, the media and publishing industries have an increasingly influential role to play in the day-to-day lives of citizens in the Middle East and North Africa. Across the MENA region, education is a top priority and numerous publishers are taking advantage of strong investment in the field, finding new outlets and markets for materials, be they in English or Arabic. In addition, the ADIBEF has over the past several years helped facilitate rights deals between overseas and Arabic publishers, offering $1,000 subsidies to qualifying deals.
This year’s “market focus” is on the UK and and the professional program offering a plethora of opportunities for publishing executives to network and learn from many of the top people in the industry. In addition, the ADIBF is also working hard to support more involvement from North American and overseas publishers. For the second year, the Fair will host an International Collective Stand and are extending great opportunities to US and overseas publishers who want to exhibit. If you’re interested in hosting your own stand, units measuring 4 sq. m. cost a very reasonable $1,160, and the price of a shelf at the collective stand starts at $255 (for a 1/4 panel for 8 titles) and goes up to $995 (for a full panel with a max of 32 titles).
The deadline for registration is January 20. You can find out more registration form (PDF).