The Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority has announced that Sheikh Zayed will be the focus personality of the 25th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.
“The Silver Jubilee could not pass without remembering this great man who ignited the first spark of the UAE’s book industry and urged us to write and promote culture,” said Juma Al Qubaisi, the Abu Dhabi book fair director and executive editor of the National Library.
“It is only natural that the late Sheikh Zayed be commemorated as ADIBF 2015 focus personality,” he said.
The focus personality recognises figures who have had a lasting effect on world culture and last year featured Arab poet Abu at-Tayeb Al Mutanabbi.
Mr Al Qubaisi said honouring the late Sheikh Zayed was an act of pride and an attempt to pay tribute to his legacy. The announcement was warmly received by Emirati intellectuals and literature fans.
Shaikha Al Jaberi, an Emirati author: “I’ve been attending the book fair for many years because I feel that it represents me and a great outlet for me to showcase my books. This year is going to be even more special because of Sheikh Zayed’s link to it.”