Emirates Publishers Association (EPA) yesterday organised a panel discussion titled ‘UAE’s Experience in the Publishing Field’, at the 27th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF 2019), as part of Sharjah’s ‘guest of honour’ programme at the fair. It addressed the unique capabilities of the UAE’s publishing industry, the many opportunities offered by the local market, and shed light on the government’s efforts to promote industry practices.
Moderated by Rashid Al Kous, Executive Director of EPA, the panel discussion saw the participation of Mohamed bin Dakheen, EPA Treasurer and Board Member and Director of Dar Al Takhayul publishing house; Dr Alyazia Khalifa, Director of Al Fulk Translation and Publishing; Dr Fatima Al Breiki, Founder of Sama Publishing and Distribution. Citing personal experiences of operating in the UAE market, participants highlighted those characteristics that contribute to the success of the publishing sector in the UAE.
Rashid Al Kous emphasised that the selection of the Sharjah as UNESCO World Book Capital 2019 is an ideal opportunity to introduce Indian publishers to the investment opportunities in UAE’s book market and enable them to boost collaboration with local publishers.