Navdeep Singh Suri, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, stated that with India being selected as the guest of honour for the 29th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, it mirrors the strong relations between the leadership and the people of the UAE and India, as well as their vision of cultural cooperation.
Suri stated that India would take part in the fair to display its culture to participants from over 50 nations. He mentioned 30 publishing houses from India would be a part of the fair, along with leading Indian writers and authors; underscore the shared cultural mélange between India and the UAE, through different discussions and seminars stressing on children’s books. He even added that India has a rich heritage of literature, culture, science and art, and more than 24 official languages, along with many dialects.
Suri emphasized that India not only has a major movie industry, but also an influential cultural scene, which consists of more than 16,000 publishing houses, which are enthusiastic to develop their presence in the Gulf region, especially among the UAE’s Indian community.
At the fair, the Indian delegation would be conducting interactive sessions, arrange ten discussion sessions and workshops for Indian writers; feature the nation’s traditional heritage, recite poetry from Indian provinces, and display various Indian arts and mythology through performances from three artistic companies.
The annual fair is an important event in the publishing sector in the Middle East and North Africa and serves as a platform for local and international talent to table their work and communicate with the sector’s leaders and influencers. The fair’s 29th edition would involve over 1,000 participants from more than 50 nations.