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International Congress of Arabic Publishing and Creative Industries to discuss AI impact on Arabic publishing industry

ABU DHABI, 16th May, 2023 (WAM) – The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), a part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), will organise the 2nd International Congress of Arabic Publishing and Creative Industries on 21-22 May, as part of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

Last year, this major publishing conference’s debut created a memorable impression, bringing together a strong cohort of speakers to explore themes of publishing and influences on it in today’s evolving markets, under the direction of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre.

More than 380 attendees were on hand at the event, hearing from 35 speakers both from the world of publishing and from “nearby” creative industries that hold in common both victories and challenges in today’s shifting markets.

With a theme this year of “Adapting Stories,” the conference is focused on several elements of adaptation, including: How to draw inspiration from the rich history of Arabian fantasy while also breaking new ground and creating compelling and original such content for a global marketplace; How to export Arabic content for global audiences while remaining true to the cultural roots of that content; How educators and content creators can ensure that “edutainment” supports learning; How artificial intelligence may be impacting the Arabic publishing industry now, and what may be ahead in the future; and how to adapt a novel for the big screen.

Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, said, “This is an exciting time of growth and opportunity for creative and publishing industries in the Arab world. The richness and creativity of Emirati literary heritage and contemporary culture offers great potential for collaboration and new ways of working."

“By bringing people together from different regions and disciplines, the congress plays an important role in supporting the cultural ecosystem and shaping the future for the next generation," he added.

Dr. Ali bin Tamim, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, stated, “Following the success of its inaugural year, we’re delighted to announce the second edition of the International Congress of Arabic Publishing and Creative Industries. The congress is a unique opportunity for professionals across the publishing and creative industries working within—or with—the Arab market to come together, discover the latest developments in publishing, share their expertise, and make important new connections."

“In particular, this year’s congress highlights the significant potential in developing and promoting home-grown talent for global markets. There’s a wealth of innovation and creativity in the Middle East/North African region which holds great potential for the future of storytelling.”

This year’s programme includes an opening from comics creator Brian Michael Bendis, with focal sessions on Arabian fantasy tales and the impact ahead of artificial intelligence on publishing.

Tariq Al Fahaam/ Khoder Nashar