Abu Dhabi Publishing Forum Participants Mark its Conclusion with Visits to Louvre Abu Dhabi and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The second edition of the Abu Dhabi Publishing Forum (ADPF), held under the theme “The Future of Digital Publishing: Technologies and Challenges – the Global Experience”, concluded on Wednesday. Organised between January 28-30 by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), the Forum attracted participants hailing from over 28 countries, as well as attendees including a number of international and regional organisations and key players in the industry.
On Wednesday, participants marked the closing of the event with a tour of the capital, where they were introduced to the cultural richness of Abu Dhabi and the UAE during visits to Louvre Abu Dhabi and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The guests admired the glorious landmarks and affirmed that Abu Dhabi has become a capital for culture and arts in the region, noting that the cultural projects and the diverse activities and events it sponsors promote the values of tolerance and open dialogue.
During the tour, the participants voiced their happiness at taking part in the Forum and appreciation for the unique opportunity to learn about the latest trends and developments in e-publishing and audio publishing. This edition of the Forum has opened new prospects of collaboration among participants, and provided a unique opportunity for foreign guests to learn about Emirati culture and heritage.
Forum Workshops and Events
Abu Dhabi Publishing Forum discussed issues related to e-publishing, e-books and the audio book industry, and the challenges they face. The most prominent of these issues are those of piracy and non-enforcement of laws that protect the rights of industry stakeholders, as well as the lack of awareness among Arab readers about the danger of violating these rights. Panel discussions also sought to explore the future of this industry in light of rapid technical progress in the field, stressing that there is no contradiction between paper and electronic books.
The Forum also hosted a series of accompanying workshops, such as ‘Publishing on Amazon: Mechanisms and Prospects’, ‘How to Create an Audio Book’, ‘How to Protect Your E-Book Against Piracy’, ‘The Future of Publishing: Reading in 2050’, and ‘Interactive Applications and Children Books’.
The technical exhibition accompanying the Forum attracted special attention from participants and visitors, who were keen to learn about the latest technologies in the industry. The exhibition featured the most important recent developments in e-publishing and audio publishing, with the participation of local and international companies and publishing houses, as well as leading government and international bodies in the field of digital transformation.
Abdulla Majed Al Ali, Acting Executive Director of the National Library Sector at Department at DCT – Abu Dhabi, said: “The second edition of the Abu Dhabi Publishing Forum presented an integrated programme of panels and interactive workshops, highlighting the issues faced in e-publishing from various perspectives. It allowed participants to present their own experiences in this field, discuss challenges and search for solutions. The Forum hosted specialists in e-publishing from around the world, allowing for the sharing of the participants’ significant expertise with their global peers. Overall, the event aimed to share knowledge, open up new collaborative opportunities, and produce innovative ideas for promoting the sustainable development of the e-publishing industry.”
Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, Director of the Publishing Department at DCT Abu Dhabi, said that the broad participation in Abu Dhabi Publishing Forum this year proved the event’s position as a prominent platform that brings together experts and specialists in both electronic and print publishing from around the world to discuss all the issues and developments pertaining to this field. He noted that the Forum fulfils the DCT – Abu Dhabi mission to disseminate knowledge and promote the role of culture, encouraging serious initiatives that seek to encourage and enhance the e-publishing industry.