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Book fair offers a rich spread for readers.

Al Ain The Al Ain Read 2011 book show opened last Sunday at the new extension of the Al Ain Mall, displaying a huge collection of latest titles in different fields and languages.

The show, organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach), and Kitab, a joint venture company between the authority and Frankfurt Book Fair, also displays more than 150 children's books from South Korea.

The week-long activities, said the organisers, will act like a platform where visitors of all ages can explore more about e Emirati culture and heritage besides getting a chance to meet local authors and poets and finding all the books they desire in Arabic and English languages.

"The presence of South Korean books in the fair is a new step towards consolidating cultural and knowledge cooperation between South Korea and the UAE in line with the strategic diplomatic, economic and educational ties between them," said an official of Kitab.

The Korean books have been translated into the Arabic language. Apart from these books, there are thousands of books in various other languages which are on display at the fair.

Series of programmes

The show was inaugurated by Dr Ali Bin Tamim, Director of Kalima -- the translation project of Adach, and officials of the South Korea Embassy in the UAE. It will continue until Saturday.

The event features a series of programmes and activities throughout the week to make the event exciting, entertaining, and educational for adults and children. The activities include storytelling, competitions and making of traditional handicrafts, interactive discussion panels, talks, poetry recitals as well as signing of books.

Alia Al Shamsi, an Emirati visitor at the show, said she was happy to see a wide collection of books in the show.

"Such events help in promoting the reading habit among people," she said, noting that books are great companions. Neelam Hassan, a Pakistani housewife, said the reading habit is dying. "Authorities should take more measures to promote the reading habit, especially among children." She said the prices of books were high and many people cannot afford them.

Developing screenplays

The show also offers book lovers an opportunity to exchange their books with others.

"Bring them to the Book Exchange on Friday and Saturday [October 7 and 8] from 5pm to 8pm and take other books in their place," an official from Adach said.

He said all Arabic and English books are welcome, but they must be in good condition.

Nawaf Al Janahi, an Emirati actor and film director, will also be hosting a session on teaching techniques of developing screenplays from books.

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Date:Oct 4, 2011
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