Guide to the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair: May 23-29, 2022

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2022 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair Reaffirms Necessity of In-Person Events

The 31st Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is expecting more than 1,100 exhibitors from 80 countries. The fair is also presenting an expanded program of some 450 events, including seminars and panel discussions for professional visitors, a cultural program highlighting authors and creators, and numerous activities for children and educators.

These figures are back to the fair’s pre-pandemic levels, and up from pandemic-related reductions at the 2021 fair—which hosted 889 exhibitors from 46 countries. Learn more at

In a statement about this year’s ADIBF, HE Dr. Ali Bin Tamim, who is secretary-general of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award as well as chairman of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center, said, “The 2022 fair will reaffirm the role of culture and books in advancing societies and building bridges between nations, with a special highlight being Germany’s return as guest of honor."

Online Event: Impact of Sheikh Zayed Book Award and Literary Trends in the Arab World

In partnership with the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, Publishing Perspectives hosted this online event featuring publishers from Egypt and Palestine, whose titles have won a Sheikh Zayed Book Award. Watch here:

Important Links

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair has updated its safety measures for 2022, aimed at keeping visitors and exhibitors healthy: read ADIBF's COVID-19 entry requirements here.

All visitors must register to enter the fair. You can get your digital tickets here.

ADIBF's 2022 searchable exhibitor directory is online here.

Germany in the Spotlight

This year, Guest of Honor Germany, coordinated by Frankfurter Buchmesse, is preparing a full presence of some 35 cultural and professional events, titles from 34 German publishers at its stand, and a delegation of book industry professionals, authors, artists, translators, and academics. Learn more at

Download the 2022 ADIBF Show Magazine:


Produced by Publishing Perspectives in partnership with the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, the 2022 Show Magazine offers you a broad look at the book industry in the Middle East, as well as highlights and information from this year's fair.

What's inside:
  • Digital publishing developments in the Arab world
  • Publisher profiles from across the region
  • Market outlooks from publishers associations
  • Programming highlights from Guest of Honor Germany
  • and more!


Selected Events for Publishers:

Below, Publishing Perspectives presents a selection of event highlights taking place at the 2022 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair and streamed online to the fair's social media channels. All times listed in Gulf Standard Time / GMT+4.

Check the ADIBF website for the latest program updates:

See the full ADIBF program