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Abu Dhabi to Host First-Ever Manuscripts Conference and Exhibition

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is to host the first-ever conference and exhibition in the UAE capital which will focus solely on manuscripts. The Arabic Manuscripts Reality and Issues exhibition will be on display at Manarat Al Saadiyat from 16th January to 15th February, and will be complemented by a full public programme of workshops and a dedicated conference.


The event will begin in January with a two-day conference (16th-17th), which will feature six sessions highlighting the historical value of editing, publishing and preserving manuscripts, with renowned academics and specialists from across the GCC region and the world participating as moderators and speakers. The conference will be opened by HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi.

“It’s a huge honour to be hosting the UAE’s first-ever Manuscripts Conference, as well as welcoming so many esteemed professors from all over the GCC and Middle East,” said Abdulla Majid Al Ali, Acting Executive Director of the Dar Al Kutub Sector, DCT Abu Dhabi. “This conference not only helps to preserve our shared history regionally but also enables us to educate the next generation about the importance of Arabic manuscripts and linguistic heritage.”


A full list of the Manuscripts Workshop Programme can be found below:


Workshop Date Time Ages
Book  Making 16 January 10am – 1pm 12-16
Writing workshop 17 January 5pm – 8pm adults
Children’s Workshop 18 January 5pm – 8pm 8-12
Colours and Letters 19 January 10am – 1pm All ages
Book making 20 January 5pm – 8pm All ages
Colours and Letters 21 January 5pm – 8pm 12-16
Principles of the Patch Line 23 January 10am – 1pm adults
Colours and Letters 26 January 10am – 1pm All ages
Book making 28 January 5pm – 8pm adults
Book making 29 January 10am – 1pm All ages
Colours and Letters 30 January 5pm – 8pm All ages
Children’s Workshop 31 January 5pm – 8pm 8-12
Children’s Workshop 1 February 5pm – 8pm 8-12
Colours and Letters 2 February 10am – 1pm All ages
The Principles of the Kufi Line 4 February 10am – 1pm 8-12
Learn About Calligraphy  Tools 6 February 5pm – 8pm Families
Write Names 11 February 10am – 1pm All ages


For further information on the festival, please visit: https://visitabudhabi.ae


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