DCT Abu Dhabi in gear for Abu Dhabi Publishing Forum

DCT Abu Dhabi

The second edition of the Abu Dhabi Publishing Forum (ADPF), organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), is just around the corner.

Scheduled to take place from January 28-30, 2019, the event will see an impressive number of regional and international participants at Manarat Al Saadiyat, with this year’s theme being ‘The Future of Digital Publishing: Technologies and Challenges – the Global Experience’. It will feature prominent publishing experts and specialists from around the world, as well as Arab and international organisations and influential companies in the publishing industry.

The forum’s main sessions will present about 50 speakers, with others taking part in the scheduled workshops. The programme includes a series of talks and workshops offering comprehensive analyses of the digital and audio publishing industries, as well as a showcase of leading projects and initiatives in the field.


“ADPF has attracted some of the biggest regional and international names in the publishing industry, confirming that the event, in just its second year, is growing in significance and recognition,” acting executive director – Dar Al Kutub Sector, DCT Abu Dhabi, Abdulla Majid Al Ali commented. “By bringing together this collection of leading experts, we aim to study and evaluate the prospects and issues facing the publishing industry in the UAE and wider region, as we move into the digital age to position ourselves at the forefront of innovation in this field.”

Speakers will explore a number of pressing topics in the publishing world. The ‘Digital Publishing Industry in the Arab World’ session deals with various points related to digital and audio publishing in the Arab world, as well as ways to develop them and the relevant impact of mobile phones.

Meanwhile, ‘The Latest Digital and Audio Publishing Technologies’ session will focus on cutting-edge sound systems and reading devices that support the audio and digital publishing industries.

ADPF will also feature a session discussing the role of non-profit organisations (NGOs) in promoting digital and audio publishing, highlighting relevant ongoing and future initiatives, and more.

Director, Publishing Department, DCT Abu Dhabi, Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji said: “The broad participation at this year’s ADPF indicates its importance as a well-established platform that brings together publishing experts from around the globe to discuss urgent issues and developments.

“In this year’s edition, we will present global success stories of projects that prevailed in the face of challenges to reach a wide audience of youth and children. The forum comprises three integrated elements, where the informative talks and engaging workshops are complemented by the participation of regional and international contributors and influencers in the world of publishing,” he concluded.