Dubai International Publishing Conference


Emirates Literature Foundation announced its first Dubai International Publishing Conference in partnership with the Executive Council of Dubai on Mars 5th, and 6th / 2017 to celebrate the ideals of the National Reading Policy of UAE.

The conference will introduce a number of renowned speakers from UAE, the Arab world, and all over the globe to discuss the publishing industry, future prospects in developing publishing, and exploring new opportunities to develop publishing in the region through building fruitful partnerships with international publishing houses.

International experts from the publishing industry will shed light during the conference on many important issues like starting up a business in publishing, managing runaway bestsellers, exploiting international rights, exploring new markets, business strategies for publishers, and publishing for the visually impaired.

The conference will offer a rare opportunity for professionals from the publishing industry from UAE and the Gulf States to exchange ideas and gain new insight about the latest updates in the global publishing industry in order to push forward developments taking place in the Arab publishing world.

The conference runs alongside the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai Festival City, giving delegates the chance to experience the UAE’s premier literature festival. Isobel Abulhoul, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation and Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, hailed the partnership between the foundation and the Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai for paving the way for other cultural and literary initiatives. She said: “this partnership lays foundation for a vital and inspiring conference which will highlight important issues related to the publishing industry in our region”.

Distinguished speakers at the conference include Jeffrey Archer, a bestselling author; Jamal Al-Shehhi, Emirati writer and founder of Kuttab Publishing; Richard Charkin, former President of the International Publishers Association and Executive Director of Bloomsbury Publishing; Amal Farah, Egyptian children’s book writer, Editing Manager for Disney’s Mickey Mouse magazine, and owner of Al-Shajara Publishing; Vineeta Gupta, Head of the Children’s Dictionary Division at Oxford University Press; Louisa Livingston, Director of the Innovation Unit at Hachette Publishing; Shadi Al-Hasan, Founder of Rufoof Online, the first Arabic eBook platform on mobile; Carole Tonkinson, Publisher at Pan Macmillan; Iman Ben Chaibah, Founder of Sail Publishing which is specialized in e-books and e-magazines; and a number of representatives of the National Council for Media in UAE.

In addition to the main speakers and panel sessions, there will be outstanding master classes on key publishing skills, and a special event on translation rights to highlight a selection of exceptional titles in Arabic and English.

Moreover, the conference will update international publishing experts about major developments and achievements in the publishing industry in the Arab world.