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HISTORY & TRADITIONS - UAE READS

UNESCO announces Sharjah as World Book Capital 2019

Posted on 28/06/2017

Signalling a ground-breaking achievement for the UAE and the Arab world, Sharjah has been crowned with the prestigious ‘World Book Capital' title for 2019 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO. The honour is a recognition of the emirate's pioneering role in supporting and expanding the local and regional publishing industries, promoting reading to become an intrinsic cultural practice, as well as embracing intercultural, knowledge-based dialogue. The ...  >>MORE

Kalimat Foundation for Children's Empowerment donates books to visually impaired students in Amman

Posted on 28/05/2017

Kalimat Foundation for Children's Empowerment, KF, a Sharjah-based non-profit children's organisation, has donated 150 audio, braille and large print books to visually impaired students at the Abdullah Ibn Umm Maktum School in the Jordanian capital, Amman. The gesture was in line with KF's vision to promote the role of children with special needs as a part of the ‘Year of Giving 2017' initiative, started by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The books were distributed ...  >>MORE

Kalimat Foundation for Children's Empowerment provides 250 books to visually impaired children

Posted on 30/04/2017

Kalimat Foundation for Children's Empowerment, KF, the Sharjah-based non-profit children's organisation, has donated 250 books in support of visually impaired children and those with complete sight deficiency in the UAE. The donation is in line with KF's mission to provide books, reading material and sources of knowledge for children around the world to encourage them to read. Amna Al Mazmi, Manager of KF, handed over the collection to Ahmed Saeed Allai, Chairman of the Social Committee of ...  >>MORE

Acts from Europe and Middle East lined up for Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival

Posted on 11/04/2017

An international line up is on the cards for this year's Sharjah Children's Reading Festival, SCRF, one of the region's leading cross-cultural events celebrating worldwide literature for children and young people. With acts catering to the full spectrum of ages, from kindergarten to young adults, the ninth edition of the festival, themed ‘Discover Beyond', aims to educate, entertain and inform. SCRF, organised by the Sharjah Book Authority, will take place from 19th to 29th April at Expo ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Culture launches awards and projects for month of reading

Posted on 08/03/2017

The Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development announced the launch of "The Reader Award" under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, for its employees, to highlight the UAE's month of reading. According to the rules of the competition, the employees who read the most number of books from the ministry's smart library will be calculated starting from the first of March until the end of the year. Each month, five employees who ...  >>MORE

VP marks start of UAE's Month of Reading

Posted on 02/03/2017

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, marked on Wednesday the launch of "the UAE's month of reading" through a series of tweets, highlighting the role of reading in making hope. "Today marks the beginning of the UAE's Month of Reading at our schools, universities and facilities. We wish all every success and reading will remain the cornerstone that we lay to establish a generation that leads the future," Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Sharjah provides Emirati families with more than 42,000 home libraries comprising 2.1 million books

Posted on 17/01/2017

In a unique global initiative, the Emirate of Sharjah has provided 2.1 million books to Emirati households as part of the Home Library project. Each of the 42,366 libraries consists of 50 books donated by Knowledge without Borders, the Sharjah-based cultural initiative, underlining Sharjah's claim as a capital of books as well as its status as a capital of culture, art, education and knowledge. It also reflects Sharjah's focus on investing in a knowledge-based society. The Home Library is one ...  >>MORE

Dubai Holding launches ‘Books for All’ drive to foster a culture of reading

Posted on 29/12/2016

Dubai Holding, the global investment holding company, has launched its "Books for All" programme, an initiative that aims to provide greater access to books for residents across the UAE. Launched in collaboration with Amal Education, the programme is aligned with the Reading Nation campaign, which was launched earlier this year as part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, with the aim to make books more accessible. Pop-up library shelves stocked with a variety of books ...  >>MORE

UAE concludes Year of Reading on positive note

Posted on 21/12/2016

The directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for declaring 2016 as the Year of Reading have contributed to a momentous shift in the national personality and interests of the future generations, said Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, and Chairman of the Higher Supervisory Committees for the Year of Reading, as he announced the conclusion of the UAE's Year of Reading 2016. "The direct support extended by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid honours 45 UAE Pioneers who contributed to the Year of Reading

Posted on 29/11/2016

Vice President and Prime Minster of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Monday praised Emirati individuals and entities that have contributed to encouraging reading in the UAE following the announcement of UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan that 2016 is the ‘Year of Reading'. The Year of Reading has seen many creative initiatives from public, federal and local entities and the private sector that have enriched the cultural ...  >>MORE

NMC, Education Ministry launch reading contest

Posted on 07/11/2016

A new contest aimed at encouraging students to improve their speed-reading skills has been launched by the National Media Council (NMC) and the Ministry of Education. Contestants in "The Radar of Reading" are required to read a number of articles from newspapers or parts of Arabic books within a certain period of time. The ability to speed-read, complexity of grammar and spelling, as well as comprehension of the involved texts are among the criteria on which the judging panel will determine ...  >>MORE

President issues National Law of Reading

Posted on 01/11/2016

In an unprecedented, civilised and legislative gesture for the region, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued the first-ever National Law of Reading, that sets legislative frameworks, executive programmes and specific government responsibilities to establish the value of reading in the UAE. The law aims to support human resources development and contribute to building mental and cognitive capabilities, while support national intellectual production and build ...  >>MORE

UAE-UN survey to provide accurate statistics for Arab Reading Index

Posted on 26/10/2016

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have conducted a poll canvassing more than 50,000 people from all Arab countries to determine the status of reading in the region. The survey seeks, in addition, to provide objective statistics for the Arab Reading Index, the results of which will be announced during the Knowledge Summit 2016. The Index is the first of its kind in the region; it is a scientific and standardised tool that ...  >>MORE

Algerian boy wins Arab Reading Challenge

Posted on 25/10/2016

Seven-year-old Mohammad Djeloud from Algeria emerged as the champion of the Arab Reading Challenge, the Middle East's largest initiative that encourages reading, and walked away with a prize of US$150,000. Eighteen champions who represented their countries in the competition and the ten winners from each Arab country that took part in the challenge were also honoured. His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Monday ...  >>MORE

MBRF to launch smart apps for Year of Reading 2016

Posted on 16/10/2016

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation will introduce a number of smart applications, to coincide with the "Year of Reading 2016" initiative, at the upcoming Gitex Technology Week 2016. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) – part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum global initiatives – is introducing the apps during the "Year of Reading 2016" initiative, that was announced by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as well as with those Foundation ...  >>MORE

MBRF expands reach of "My Family Reads" initiative

Posted on 18/08/2016

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, MBRF, has reported that a large number of government and private agencies have already joined its "My Family Reads" initiative. The initiative was initiated in 2014 in an effort to disseminate culture and promote reading among all segments of society and family members in the UAE. Jamal bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of the Foundation, said that MBRF activated and expanded its initiative in order to keep up with the aspirations of the UAE with ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation launches "Esteraht Sayedat"

Posted on 09/08/2016

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, MBRF, has launched a new initiative entitled, "Esteraht Sayedat", the first book club dedicated to women in the Arab world. In line with directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the initiative is part of a series of activities whereby the foundation strives to mark 2016 as the Year of Reading, complementing the National Strategy for Reading. "Esteraht Sayedat" aims to promote reading on a daily basis among women ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi University to launch "Read with ADU" competitions on social media next Sunday

Posted on 12/07/2016

The Abu Dhabi University, ADU, is to launch 'Read with ADU' competitions on its social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter starting next Sunday. The competitions are part of the university's comprehensive celebrations of the 2016 "Year of Reading" nation-wide initiative that aims to promote awareness on the importance of reading in building a generation of scientists, thinkers and innovators, those who will contribute to the national development process and the UAE's transition to a ...  >>MORE

UAEBBY instils love of reading in Emirati youngsters

Posted on 12/07/2016

The UAE Board on Books for Young People, UAEBBY, the national branch of the International Board on Books for Young People, IBBY, is implementing a set of initiatives and activities to promote reading among children and young people in the country throughout the year. The move by the national literary organisation is in line with its mission to attract children and young people to books, and instil in them a love of reading. It comes within the framework of the UAE's ‘Year of Reading' ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid announces conclusion of Reading Nation Ramadan Campaign

Posted on 30/06/2016

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced yesterday via his official Twitter account that the Reading Nation Ramadan campaign has exceeded its set target of five million books to reach over 8.2 million books. The books will be distributed to unprivileged children and students in Arab and Muslim countries. Commenting on the campaign's outcomes, Sheikh Mohammed said, "As we have entered the last ten days of Ramadan, we ...  >>MORE

DP World contributes AED3m to Reading Nation Campaign

Posted on 27/06/2016

With the Reading Nation campaign getting closer to its deadline on the 19th day of the Holy Month of Ramadan, some of the largest companies in the UAE continue to offer their support to the campaign that aims to print and distribute books to children in refugee camps and in underprivileged schools all over the world. DP World recently contributed AED3 million to the campaign to provide 300,000 books to be distributed to schools and needy children through special teams spread across the ...  >>MORE

NMC organises event to promote reading

Posted on 24/06/2016

The National Media Council (NMC) and the Ministry of Education have organised an event in Dubai to promote reading. The event called Hakawati -storyteller in Arabic- was held at Zabeel Park in line with the UAE's ‘Year of Reading 2016' initiative launched last year by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Students from the al-Sa'ada School in Dubai read out a number of stories during the event. Recently, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler ...  >>MORE

Reading Nation Campaign’s auction generates AED41m to distribute four million books to refugee children

Posted on 22/06/2016

The charity auction for the Reading Nation Ramadan campaign, held yesterday at Madinat Jumeirah, has generated sufficient funds from the sale of valuable items put under the hammer to provide four million books to refugee children across the world and help establish over 2,000 school libraries. The auction's sales have amounted to more than AED41 million in total. H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, attended the charity auction that was organised by ...  >>MORE

NMC supports Reading Nation campaign

Posted on 20/06/2016

The National Media Council, NMC, represented by the Reading Club team, has announced its support to the "Reading Nation" campaign, in cooperation with its strategic partners, to implement the directives of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. This step comes in support of the Ramadan campaign which aims to provide five million books to students in the refugee camps and around the Muslim world. For this purpose, it plans to ...  >>MORE

UAE National Media Council highlights importance of reading

Posted on 16/06/2016

The National Media Council, last night, organised a Ramadan gathering (Majlis) to highlight the importance of reading. The gathering hosted a number of senior officials from Dubai government departments. At the gathering, Obaid Al Leem, director of the Media Content Department at the NMC, spoke about the council's roles and responsibilities as well as its efforts to highlight national unity as a source of stability for citizens, and projecting a positive image of the UAE. He said the NMC has ...  >>MORE

Reading corner at Sharjah Airport

Posted on 13/06/2016

A reading corner has been set up at the Sharjah International Airport, in the main terminal building, where passengers can spend their spare time at the departure lounge reading their favourite books or magazines. The new facility has been developed by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development as part of initiatives to celebrate 2016 as the Year of Reading. The Ministry has also provided a collection of books to the reading corner, which is part of the larger initiative to create ...  >>MORE

Government organisations mark local, national programmes for the UAE Year of Reading

Posted on 26/05/2016

Mohammed Abdulla Al Gergawi, Chairman of the Higher Supervisory Committees for Year of Reading and UAE Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and the Future, said, "There are more than 340 major reading initiatives and activities taking place across the country involving over 100 local entities working in co-ordination with the Higher Supervisory Committees for Year of Reading to achieve the objectives of this initiative. The aim is to weave the habit of reading into the very fabric of UAE ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Lubna commends National Policy for Reading

Posted on 05/05/2016

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance and President of Zayed University, has praised the directive of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to start the legislative procedure of drafting a UAE National Reading Law, which aims to ensure the sustainability of all government efforts to consolidate reading in the UAE for all ages, as well as identify the key responsibilities of government agencies in the field. The law comes as part of the ...  >>MORE

UAE President directs National Reading Law as Mohammed bin Rashid approves ten-year national reading strategy backed by a AED 100 Million Fund

Posted on 04/05/2016

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, has given directions to start the legislative procedure of drafting a UAE National Reading Law, which aims to ensure the sustainability of all government efforts to consolidate reading in the UAE for all ages, as well as identify the key responsibilities of government agencies in the field. The law comes as part of the National Policy for Reading in the UAE, which was announced this morning at a press conference during the ...  >>MORE

MoI’s UAE Reads Initiative sets another Guinness World Record

Posted on 04/05/2016

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Interior, the "UAE Reads" cultural initiative, which was organised by the UAE University, managed to set a new Guinness World Record title for the UAE with the ‘Largest Reading Lesson'. The event was attended by H.H. Dr. Sheikha Shamma bint Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan. A total of 2,604 women, including female staff members from the Ministry of Interior, gathered to listen to Dr. Sheikha Shamma bint Mohammed, as she read a number of selected texts in the ...  >>MORE

NMC holds symposium on reading

Posted on 04/05/2016

The National Media Council hosted yesterday, on the side-lines of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, a cultural symposium on 'How to prepare a reading generation'. Speaking at the symposium were Ali Abu Al Reesh, a noted Emirati poet and novelist, and Sheikha Al Jaberi, an Emirati writer. It was moderated by Dr. Mariam al Shinasi, owner of Dar Al Yasmin Publishing House. The symposium shed light on reading as a daily activity and part of behaviour, aimed at widening knowledge and ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival remains a top draw

Posted on 02/05/2016

The Sharjah Children's Reading Festival (SCRF) concluded its eighth edition on Saturday, with the event attracting 254,000 visitors over 11 days. The figure represents an 18 per cent increase on the attendance figures for last year's event. The region's leading literary festival for young people, which ran from April 20-30 at Expo Centre Sharjah, featured a line-up of 1,518 events spanning reading activities, interactive workshops and entertainment shows, all of which had been formulated to ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Health and Kalimat Group launch ‘My First Book’ initiative to foster love of reading at an early age

Posted on 27/04/2016

The Ministry of Health and Prevention in collaboration with Kalimat Group on Monday launched ‘My First Book,' an initiative aimed at inculcating a love of books in children from birth to three years. My First Book has been introduced to highlight the importance of reading in children's lives and connect them with the written word in their formative years. In doing so, it aims to help develop children's personalities, expand their awareness and facilitate the process of knowledge acquisition ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Crown Prince inaugurates Eighth Edition of Sharjah Children's Reading Festival

Posted on 21/04/2016

H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, yesterday inaugurated the eighth edition of the Sharjah Children's Reading Festival (SCRF) at Sharjah Expo Centre under the theme 'Shine Out'. He was greeted with loud cheers from a group of children on his arrival, with the youngsters chanting a song to welcome him and to express their happiness at the launch of the leading literary festival's eighth edition. Taking place over 11 days until April ...  >>MORE

Wanna Read? fundraiser to be held in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 20/04/2016

The H.H Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan foundation has announced through its "Wanna Read?" initiative its first fundraiser to be held on Friday May 13th at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Relying solely on volunteers and community support to accomplish its mission, "Wanna Read?" has already opened seven book-filled rooms for young hospital patients in the United Arab Emirates over the past three years and now aims to raise funds for a further six in 2016 through ticket sales, local ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Children's Reading Festival 2016 to shine with 1,500 events and 130 publishers from 15 countries

Posted on 24/03/2016

The Sharjah Book Authority, SBA, has announced that the Sharjah Children's Reading Festival, SCRF, being held under the patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife, H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, will host more than 1,500 events and see the participation of 130 publishers from 15 countries during its eighth edition Themed 'Shine Out', taking place from ...  >>MORE

ADM launches /#TheMunicipalityReads/ hashtag

Posted on 04/03/2016

In the light of the endorsement by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the year 2016 as a Year of Reading, and in implementation of the initiative of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, promoting reading entitled Reading Challenge, the Abu Dhabi City, ADM, has launched its own hashtag (#TheMunicipalityReads). The move is a testament to the Municipality's commitment to promote reading as a civilised ...  >>MORE

UAE declares 2016 as Year of Reading

Posted on 06/12/2015

The year 2016 has been declared the year of reading in the UAE to create a generation of book lovers and consolidate the UAE's position as a global capital for culture and knowledge. It was declared on Saturday by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Cabinet approved the declaration of 2016 as the year of reading and instructed the competent authorities to start preparing a national framework that promotes reading among Emirati generations, in a quest to create a ...  >>MORE

UAEBBY launches Reading Challenge for active social media users

Posted on 24/03/2015

The UAE Board on Books for Young People, UAEBBY, has launched an exciting new initiative under the umbrella of its innovative "Read.Dream.Create" campaign, which aims to bring children and books to together and support children's ability to read, write, innovate and create. Focused on the realm of social media, the ‘Reading Challenge' initiative challenges all active in the use of social media to carry out reading sessions for students in schools and kindergartens in the various emirates of ...  >>MORE

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UNESCO announces Sharjah as World Book Capital 2019


Kalimat Foundation for Children's Empowerment donates books to visually impaired students in Amman


Kalimat Foundation for Children's Empowerment provides 250 books to visually impaired children


Acts from Europe and Middle East lined up for Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival


Ministry of Culture launches awards and projects for month of reading


VP marks start of UAE's Month of Reading


Sharjah provides Emirati families with more than 42,000 home libraries comprising 2.1 million books


Dubai Holding launches ‘Books for All’ drive to foster a culture of reading


UAE concludes Year of Reading on positive note


Mohammed bin Rashid honours 45 UAE Pioneers who contributed to the Year of Reading


NMC, Education Ministry launch reading contest


President issues National Law of Reading


UAE-UN survey to provide accurate statistics for Arab Reading Index


Algerian boy wins Arab Reading Challenge


MBRF to launch smart apps for Year of Reading 2016


MBRF expands reach of "My Family Reads" initiative


Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation launches "Esteraht Sayedat"


Abu Dhabi University to launch "Read with ADU" competitions on social media next Sunday


UAEBBY instils love of reading in Emirati youngsters


Mohammed bin Rashid announces conclusion of Reading Nation Ramadan Campaign


DP World contributes AED3m to Reading Nation Campaign


NMC organises event to promote reading


Reading Nation Campaign’s auction generates AED41m to distribute four million books to refugee children


NMC supports Reading Nation campaign


UAE National Media Council highlights importance of reading


Reading corner at Sharjah Airport


Government organisations mark local, national programmes for the UAE Year of Reading


Sheikha Lubna commends National Policy for Reading


UAE President directs National Reading Law as Mohammed bin Rashid approves ten-year national reading strategy backed by a AED 100 Million Fund


MoI’s UAE Reads Initiative sets another Guinness World Record


NMC holds symposium on reading


Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival remains a top draw


Ministry of Health and Kalimat Group launch ‘My First Book’ initiative to foster love of reading at an early age


Sharjah Crown Prince inaugurates Eighth Edition of Sharjah Children's Reading Festival


Wanna Read? fundraiser to be held in Abu Dhabi


Sharjah Children's Reading Festival 2016 to shine with 1,500 events and 130 publishers from 15 countries


ADM launches /#TheMunicipalityReads/ hashtag


UAE declares 2016 as Year of Reading


UAEBBY launches Reading Challenge for active social media users