The seventh Al Ain Reads Book Show has attracted thousands of book lovers of all ages keen to browse through the massive collection of the latest titles on diverse topics.
Wrapping up on Sunday, 11th October, the show is taking place at the Al Ain Convention Centre, AACC, owned by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, has drawn the participation of more than 70 exhibitors, up from 25 in the previous edition, and showcases over 60,000 titles across subjects ranging from science to literature and culture. More than 30,000 visitors have attended the show so far, which is 20 percent more than the 2014 edition.
Supporting the local publishing industry in the UAE, the show has witnessed remarkable growth since inception, and serves as a link to connect UAE authors from Al Ain with their counterparts from across the country. Additionally, it offers a carnival setting for families and allows parents to engage their children in various activities that motivate them to read and learn.
Obaid Al Shamsi, AACC's Director, said, "The Al Ain Reads Book Show has now become an annual fixture that celebrates books and book lovers in the city of Al Ain. Every year, this show only grows from strength to strength, and is one vibrant cultural event we all wait for. Today, the event assumes even greater significance with the UAE working to shape a knowledge-based economy.
Al Shamsi added, "Today, AACC has emerged as a major hub for important business events, and figures prominently on the list of the world's leading event organisers, attracting delegates and tourists from around the world. It perfectly complements our mandate at the Abu Dhabi Exhibitions Company to enhance the development of the MICE sector in Al Ain and augment its contribution to the overall business tourism landscape."