A discussion organised by National Media Council (NMC) office on the sidelines of Sharjah International Book Fair 2016, urged ned to regulate publishing of works to maintain quality level in the UAE.
The panelists also called for linking the licensing of publishers with cultural background of a publisher to ensure that the publishing industry is not being transformed into a mere trade.
They congratulated the full support and encouragement by UAE to promote reading, printing and publishing. The panelists added there is a promising future for this important sector as the cultural movement is increasing. They thanked competent authorities in the UAE for their support to Emirati writers.
Organised under the broad framework of “The Publishing Industry and the Contemporary Challenges in the UAE,” the panel discussion shed light on the efforts made by the UAE to encourage the publishing sector, facilitate procedures and hold cultural events that serve the sector in light of the role of the NMC’s support to the national publishing industry.
The event was attended by many eminent writers, journalists and owners of publishing houses. It was addressed by Isobel Abulhoul, CEO and Trustee Emirates Literature Foundation and Festival Director, Jamal Al Shehhi, Secretary-General of the Emirates Novel Award, and Sultan Al Amimi, Director of the Arabic Poetry Academy, among other dignitaries.
The event was moderated by Noura Al Noman, a writer and founder of publishing house “Makhtouta 5229. The core of the panel of discussion focussed on the factors that promote the publishing houses and the challenges facing the printing and publishing industry in the UAE compared with other countries, especially in the areas of marketing, distribution and promotion of books.
The panelists have extended their appreciation to Mansour Al Mansouri, Acting Director-General of the NMC, and the organisers of the event, who made it a huge success.