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SPOTLIGHT ON RIGHTS INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE TRANSLATIONS INTO AND FROM ARABIC AT ABU DHABI INTERNATION


SPOTLIGHT ON RIGHTS INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE TRANSLATIONS INTO AND FROM ARABIC AT ABU DHABI INTERNATION

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE; February 23, 2015: A subsidy scheme that supports the translation of books into and out of Arabic is expected to attract significant numbers of new copyright deals for publishers at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF). The initiative, Spotlight on Rights, which was launched in 2009, has already enabled more than 600 translations to take place for titles ranging from children’s books to educational literature, history and social science, as well as many other areas of interest. The subsidies, which range from $2,500 for books for children and young adults and $4,000 for general books, have to date benefited more than 120 publishers. Last year, 75 copyright deals were approved during the initiative with translations involving fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children in from French, German, Swedish, Icelandic, English and Turkish. H.E. Juma Al Qubaisi, ADIBF Director and Executive Director of the National Library, said: “This year’s Book Fair is celebrating its Silver Jubilee of 25 years and continues to develop and improve, attracting increasing numbers of publishers to come and do business in Abu Dhabi. One of the reasons for the Fair’s continued success is ongoing initiatives such as Spotlight on Rights that promotes respect for intellectual property rights in the Arab world and helps develop long-term networking opportunities among local and international publishers.” Applications can be submitted for translation rights into or from Arabic in print and/or electronic form at the fair. some applications may also be considered for the licensing of Arabic/Arabic rights between publishers from two different countries in the region. However, applications for translation rights into and from the Arabic language will be given priority by the judging panel. ADIBF, which is organized by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), will be held from May 7 The region’s fastest growing book fair, ADIBF attracted 1,125 publishing houses last year with more than 100 authors participating in its seminars and discussions. Almost 250,000 people visited ADIBF 2014 and sales grew to AED 35 million. ADIBF was launched by the late Sheikh Zayed in 1981 under the designation of the Islamic Book Fair, which in 1986 became the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.





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