Abu Dhabi Opens Registration for the 7th Edition of the Creative Reader Competition

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced it is now accepting entries for the 7th edition of the Creative Reader Competition 2020.

Registration will be open until the end of November, with entry forms available in all branches of Dar Al Kutub libraries in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Forms can also be filled out online at ar.library.dctabudhabi.ae

The Competition, which is being held for the seventh year running, targets school students (Cycles 1 and 2) and is being run in both Arabic and English. In addition, it has allocated a category for People of Determination, in order to encourage them to read and to benefit from using the libraries.

“Through this competition, DCT Abu Dhabi seeks to highlight Abu Dhabi’s vision, which aims to nurture children’s skills to prepare them to lead the drive in the UAE towards sustainable development to develop a generation with the highest intellectual and education standards,” said Abdullah Majed Al Ali, Acting Executive Director of the National Library Sector at DCT Abu Dhabi.

“The Competition particularly focusses on children’s literature, enriching the literary scene and spreading cultural and societal values among the members of the society.  The Competition also aims to encourage children to read in foreign languages, including English, and highlight the imperative role of reading as an intellectual and cultural incubator and a driving force for creativity.”

To enter the competition, participants must have a membership card from Dar Al Kutub. If they don’t have this yet, these can be applied for at library branches by taking along the required documents (including passport photo and Emirates ID copy). Entrants can then register online at www.library.dctabudhabi.ae or pick up the registration form at their nearest Dar Al Kutub branch.

Participants will be assessed and evaluated by a group of writers, authors and teachers, according to certain criteria, which includes how fast they can read books, the number of books they borrowed from Dar Al Kutub branches compared to ones read outside these branches, level of comprehension of the finished books, and questions to measure understanding.

The participants will also be evaluated according to their ability to speak Arabic, use of language skills, and understanding of connotations and denotations, as well as creative thinking, for example the ability to critique the completed text.

“We would urge all public and private schools, as well as parents, to utilise the competition to encourage children to adopt the reading habit, by making the most of their free time, especially by visiting public libraries,” said Al Ali. “This will absolutely reflect positively on children, broaden their knowledge and develop their mental abilities.”

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