Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre Will Dock ‘Logos Hope’ in May

In News by Porter Anderson

The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre is participating in the plan to bring the Logos Hope into port during the Abu Dhabi Book Fair.

The Logos Hope in port, with visitors waiting to see its book exhibition and store. Image: Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

In Port May 18 to June 4
A floating book fair, the Logos Hope, is being brought into port at Abu Dhabi in May, in association with the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

The Arabic Language Centre is working with Abu Dhabi’s AD Ports Group to organize the ship’s appearance, during which the Logos Hope is expected to offer an exhibition of some 5,000 titles in science, sports, the arts, medicine, dictionaries, and languages.

Visitors will be welcomed aboard between May 18 and June 4, as the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair runs May 22 to 28.

Aboard the ‘Logos Hope,’ a view of the ship’s bookstore. Image: OM Ships

The language center is working with the planned exhibition, to include educational and creative workshop, as well as book discussion sessions as well as art and musical events.

Dr. Ali Bin Tamim

In a prepared statement, Dr. Ali Bin Tamim, chair of the Arabic Language Centre, says, “The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre is committed to supporting cultural events which facilitate access to knowledge and encourage reading. The Logos Hope exhibition is an innovative global platform that aligns with these goals, showcasing the latest publications to communities in a novel way.

“We look forward to participating in this event to promote the center’s latest projects and publications, coinciding with our activities for the annual Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.”

Saif Al Mazrouei, CEO of the Ports Cluster at AD Ports Group, says, “We are privileged to welcome Logos Hope, the world’s largest floating book fair, at the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal. One can imagine the wealth of knowledge and information carried on board. This offers us the opportunity to extend an unmatched new learning experience to the residents of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.”

And Sebastian Moncayo, the Logos Hope exhibition’s manager, says, “This will be the first time visiting the United Arab Emirates for most of our crew, and the excitement is evident. Our volunteers are curious about the history of the country and its amazing development over the years … We look forward to continuously strengthening our relationship with the country to have more frequent visits in the future.”

The ship originally was built as a car ferry called the Gustav Vasa in 1973 in Rendsburg. It’s flagged as a Maltese vessel based in Valetta’s beautiful port. The Logos Hope is a property of Germany’s Gute Bücher für Alle charity (Good Books for All), which purchased the ship in 2004. Om Ships also has information about operating the Logos Hope, which is expected to make stops in Ras Al Kahimah and Dubai en route to putting into port at Abu Dhabi.


More from Publishing Perspectives on the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre and its programs is here, more from us on the United Arab Emirates’ market is here, and more on the international publishing industry’s book fairs and trade shows is here.

Publishing Perspectives is the world media partner of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award and the International Publishers Association. Our extended coverage of ADIBF is supported by the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.