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Al Ain Book Fair (AABF)
24 September - 3 OctoberFree
The Al Ain Book Fair reaches its 11th edition, running at Al Ain Convention Centre from 24 September to 3 October. As well as the displays from local publishing houses and cultural institutions promoting their latest titles (it is open only to exhibitors from the UAE), there’s a programme of panel discussions, poetry evenings, symposiums, and musical performances by Emirati and international artists. An Illustrators’ and Art Corner will feature at AABF for the first time, and a special schedule of activities and screenings for children aged 6 to 12 will be taking place in the ‘Creativity Corner’.
Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi (which organises the Fair), describes it as “a crucial component of Abu Dhabi’s homegrown creative scene” and part of DCT Abu Dhabi’s efforts “to further establish the Emirate as a hub for cultural activity and open dialogue”.
It’s free to visit and open every day 9am to 10pm (Fridays 4pm to 10pm).