Riwaq Al Adab Wal Kitab aims to strengthen and support the Emirati publishing industry by presenting the achievements of Emirati and Arab writers. The initiative seeks to foster creativity among local writers and to preserve and celebrate the beauty of the Arabic language in literature and its role as a key element of national identity.

This year, in collaboration with local publishing houses Dar Nabati, Hamaleel and Emirates Writers Union the programme launched 14 books to be presented at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.


In 2022, the programme returns for its seventh edition at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair from 23 to 29 May 2022. in addition to introducing the literary works of 13 Emirati and regional writers, as well as a group collaboration between 10 influential literary critics reflecting on the works of the late great Emirati poet Ahmed Rashid Thani—one of the most prominent pioneers of the Emirati prose poem—ADMAF’S Abu Dhabi Festival will present a cultural programme entitled “Poems Do Not Die”, in honour of the legendary poet on the tenth anniversary of his passing, which will feature a number of exciting activities including panel talks featuring distinguished writers from the UAE and Arab word, book signings and creative writing workshops.

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Abu Dhabi Book Fair 2022
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)
23-29 May 2022