Cultural Event Abu Dhabi: In celebration of translating 900 books into Arabic, will be holding a six-day cultural event in Abu Dhabi starting on Thursday to mark the milestone, with a number of reading activities planned, including seminars with authors and translators.
This was announced by its organisers on Sunday.
Launched by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA) nine years ago, the Kalima Project was created to bring back the Arab tradition of translating books into Arabic. The project has been a major success so far with 900 titles from various languages and areas of knowledge translated into Arabic.
The six-day event which will take place in Yas Mall and under the theme of ‘A book is a man’s best companion’, will feature a book fair with many of Kalima’s translated publications on sale, giving young Arabic-speaking residents the opportunity to access books they might have been previously unable to because of the language barrier.
“This event, in accordance with the declaration of 2016 as the Year of Reading by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, highlights TCA Abu Dhabi’s important role in promoting cultural dialogue, raising the level of knowledge in our society by reviving Arabic translation and addressing the shortage of high-quality translated books into Arabic,” said Saif Saeed Gobash, director-general of TCA Abu Dhabi.
Six-day event to take place from November 24-29 on Abu Dhabi s Yas Mall with a series of reading activities