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Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation signs Letter of Cooperation with the Emirates Writers’ Union during Abu Dhabi Festival’s Riwaq Al Kitab book launch

Riwaq Al Kitab book launch and signing 21st Apr 2016

Abu Dhabi Festival celebrates the power of Arabic literature with the launch of six new Arabic books

In celebration of the power and importance of Arabic literature, Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) last night launched six new Arabic literature books during Abu Dhabi Festival’s Riwaq Al Kitab book launch and signing. Held in association with the Emirates Writers’ Union, Riwaq Al Kitab also saw the signing of a Letter of Cooperation (LoC) between ADMAF and Emirates Writers’ Union, which will enable the two leading cultural organisations to contribute to the continuing development of the Emirati literature sector.

Returning for a second year at the Abu Dhabi Festival, Riwaq Al Kitab is an ADMAF-driven initiative that seeks to highlight the importance of Arabic literature, and give Arabic writers a launch platform. Collaborating with three key publishing houses, the event saw the launch of six new books, including Origami Tea by Badriya Al Shamsi, The Fantastic Hot Air Balloon by Shaima Al Marzouqi, and The Bedouin Penguins by Asmaa Al Ketbi under Dar Al Hudhud; Dowan by Khawla Al Tayer, and Rubaiyat Al Khayyam by Mohammad Nouraldin under Dar Nabati; and Philosophical Insights in Governance and Equestrianism by Ali Abu Alreesh under Dar Hamaleel.

Following the LoC signing with the Emirates Writers’ Union, H.E. Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation and the Abu Dhabi Festival said: “Riwaq Al Kitab is ADMAF’s contribution to the 2016 Year of Reading. It not only marks a major step in the  presence of the UAE in Arabic literary development but also in keeping Arabic literature alive and growing its readership. As we look ahead to the future, we look forward to working in partnership with the Emirates Writers’ Union and the UAE’s key publishing houses to ensure our literature and heritage are kept alive, and that our younger generations are inspired to write, create and be proud of their language.”

H.E. Habib Al Sayegh, Secretary-General of the Arab Writers Union and Chairman of the Emirates Writers Union said: “The signing of this letter of cooperation between the Emirates’ Writers Union and the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation reflects the directives of the UAE’s wise leadership, it strengthens mutual cooperation in order to enable cultural renaissance, embedding Emirati innovation across multiple disciplines. We draw gratefully upon the support and patronage of HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, whose ministerial role has been crucial in providing a federal umbrella for every cultural accomplishment in the publishing, writing and translating fields.”

Mr Al Sayegh hopes that this Letter of Cooperation will bring additional support in the shape of pioneering cultural programmes and initiatives that will increase community awareness, underscore the importance of culture and creativity, and increase appreciation for literature: “This collaboration will build a strong support network for literature and publishing, embedding a culture of reading while simultaneously increasing awareness of its benefits, most notably knowledge. The Emirates Writers’ Union embraces every initiative with the potential to strengthen publishing, knowledge development and documentation through both paper and electronic publishing, using all efforts to develop knowledge, represent identity and enrich Arabic content with an Emirati fingerprint.”