Abu Dhabi International Book Fair opens

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Abu Dhabi International Book Fair opens

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair opens

(Abu Dhabi) – One of the most prominent cultural events specialising in books, reading and knowledge, the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), in its 26th edition, opened at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec), covering around 32,000 square metres and showcasing 1,260 exhibitors from 63 countries.
A sea of books awaits visitors, a large percentage of them dedicated to children, and the event offers multiple areas of learning and fun under themes such as Reading Section, Theatre, Science Section, and Smart Learning.
Many of these are designed to encourage young visitors to participate in interactive sessions that make learning fun. The Reading Section, for instance, has a puppet show every 15 minutes, and coaxes children to draw, colour and select a book in English or Arabic to be read to them.
One of the most popular areas with children is the Theatre section which offers children a chance to participate in the show or simply sit back and enjoy the entertainment and answer the performers’ questions.
The Science and Smart Learning sections, lab-style areas that educate youngsters on science and technology, have been organised by the Applied Technology High School (ATHS) and the Secondary Technical School (STS) and are equipped with benches set up with robotics, microscopes, computers and other equipment. They are abuzz with young minds seeking knowledge as they try their hand at something new. Khalil Al Saifi, career counsellor at ATHS and STS told Gulf News, “At the Smart Learning booth, which is aimed at students between 7-14 years, we have creative projects such as robotics, applied engineering and computer science that will hopefully help the young minds discover the skills they might have [in these domains].”
“The Science Section is aimed at students between 7-10-years and is about having fun [with science]. We hope to improve their skills and perhaps get them interested in becoming a scientist,” Al Saifi added.
Speaking to Gulf News about the immense growth of ADIBF over the years, which expects over 300,000 visitors this year, Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of TCA Abu Dhabi, said, “Abu Dhabi has championed education and educational excellence and having the book fair here for many years and, hopefully, for many years to come, showcases our capability. [It also] exhibits some of the best world talent here in Abu Dhabi and encourages reading so that every household in the UAE is reading.”
The US ambassador to the UAE, Barbara A. Leaf, also visited the book fair. The US Embassy in Abu Dhabi is one of the longest-standing exhibitors at the fair and has set up an impressive booth that includes Spark Labs which encourage children to put what they have learnt in books into practice by solving problems and building practical solutions using material that is made available to them.
(Courtesy WAM)