Arabic Language Day

A significant day in the universal calendar is of December 18th, 1973 when the United Nations General Assembly approved ‘Arabic’ as an official UN Language.

Being one of the earliest languages that man has communicated with; today, nearly 300 million people across the globe use Arabic as their native language; and, Classical Arabic – an earlier version of Modern Arabic – is the liturgical language used by 1.7 billion Muslims across the globe.

Arabic has immense contributions in the field of science, culture, philosophy, arts and etcetera. There are many famous books of the language such as: The Epistle of Forgiveness (Resalat Al-Ghufran), written in 10th century by Abul ʿAla Al-Maʿarri and focuses on divine comedy with its deep philosophy and brilliant language; Chronicles of Majnun Layla and Selected Poems by Qassim Haddad, a complex and layered lyrical love story; The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, which has been translated into 40 different languages, deals with the topics such as life and human conditions.

Last year on this day, Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO said, “The Arabic language, in its classical form and its many dialects, is a global language in which the identities, beliefs and aspiration of peoples across the five continents are expressed”. Also, she condemned the fields of higher education and scientific research that disseminate the Arabic language online saying, “UNESCO wishes to recall the importance of multilingualism and knowledge of languages in an increasingly globalized world; greater efforts must be made in schools and universities to diffuse the Arabic language and consolidate its learning with a view to the development of research, scientific innovation and creativity. The dissemination of the Arabic language throughout the world is a source of tremendous energy for cooperation and peace: let us join forces to release its full potential”.

If we take a look at the modern Arab Literature, one of the latest contributors in promoting Arabic is Samia Bazzi. She worked as a professional translator nearly for 15 years and since last 13 years she’s teaching translations and different branches of linguistics at Lebanese Universities. In her book ‘Taste the Arabic Proverbs’ she has translated the famous Arabic proverbs into English, explaining their meaning and contexts.

A recent government initiative – Bil Arabi, however, aims to maintain the prominence of the Arabic language by promoting its use on social media. Because, almost 90 percent of UAE residents use Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media on daily basis the initiative could prove a success. Bil Arabi is expected to involve events and campaigns in the following year, which would be targeted to the young generation. Meanwhile, UNESCO hosts a two-days’ workshops and roundtables focusing on how the technological advances could be used to teach Arabic, its future and its relationship with science.

We hope that the Arab literature keeps expanding; and for this purpose Austin Macauley strives to contribute further, welcoming all the readers with its collection, and provides a platform to the aspiring authors.

Gulf news covers Austin Macauley’s role in UK-UAE collaboration

SHARJAH: UAE and UK are experiencing new heights in literary relationship, said UK publishers who attended the 36th Sharjah International Book Fair as honorary guests.

The UK trade mission told Gulf News that the positive gestures by Sharjah organizers is a clear indication of expanding cultural exchanges of all things literary, between the two countries. The UK team is led by The Publishers’ Association and The London Book Fair.

Jade Robertson, International publishing director of Austin MacauleyTM Publishers, told Gulf News that our firm has recognised the importance of UAE’s book market and accept it as the stepping stone to give us increased exposure in the Middle Eastern region.

Robertson optimistically stated that “our firm is so enthusiastic about the UAE market that soon we are opening our new office in Sharjah Publishing city. We’re one of the first UK book companies in Sharjah and we plan to nurture old relationships and build on new ones as well. The SIBF is a critical venue to connect within the industry.”

Adding more she said “It’s important to get our brand out there, to show our titles and interact with our readers.”

Philip Parham, British Ambassador to the UAE, was all praise for the hospitality from the SIBF organizers and stated that “UK physical book exports to the UAE are currently worth over £37 million (Dh178 million) a year. We welcome this chance to strengthen further this commercial partnership between our countries.”

Perham was of the view that “UK publishers attending SIBF will meet counterparts from the emirates and beyond, forging new global collaboration in rights sales and exports.”

Hamzat Wassl, highlights Austin Macauley™ publisher’s presence in the 36th SIBF

SHARJAH: UK was the guest of honour at the 36th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair, and it did full justice to it by showing appreciation of the Middle East and North Africa affairs through its stand.

The stand hosts to a number of leading agencies, including Austin MacauleyTM Publishers, exhibiting literature for guests interested in the regional affairs. As a guest of honour, UK is showcasing among other contemporary British literature, the Birmingham Quran manuscript.

Jade Robertson, International Publishing Director of Austin Macauley Publishers, says that the bond formed between SIBF and UK is going a long way in benefitting people of both cultures. She is of the view that this collaboration is going to foster understating and values between the two nations having diverse cultures. It also aims to strengthen the cultural and economic ties.

Adding more she says “Austin MacauleyTM publishers is here to contribute to the literary activities and to look out for the finest talent, this region has stored for the world. We are quite excited to be here, the opening of our office in Sharjah allows us to assist all the future authors and the regional publishing industry thrive better.”

Austin MacauleyTM publishers plan to export Arabic books to UK and New York as the number of Arabic speakers in both the regions is increasing.


Austin Macauley Publishers features in Sharjah’s Newspaper, The Gulf Today

Sharjah Publishing City, Sharjah: UK, being the guest of honour at the 36th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), showed its mastery by exhibiting their appreciation of the Middle Eastern and North African affairs, through the literary publications showcased on its stand.

Its stand houses to a number of leading agencies like Austin MacaulayTM Publishers, who have items that cater to the interests of guests fond of or connected to the affairs of Middle Eastern region or North Africa.

The Gulf Today Newspaper published the article on 2ND November, 2017.

Jade Robertson, International Publishing Director of Austin Macauley Publishers, said the link established between SIBF and UK is going to benefit the people of both the regions. Austin Macauley will export Arabic books to UK and New York to satisfy the appetite of Arabic speaking audience of the two localities, which is growing more and more with every passing day.

UK, the honorary guest is also showcasing the contemporary British Literature and the Birmingham Quran Manuscript, which is translated especially to enlighten the people about the Arab culture and their way of living.

The UK exhibitors are participating in this event in tandem with the aims and objectives of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration. The idea revolves around the engaging of culture in the broadest sense. This includes science, language, literature, arts, business, sports and technology.

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Sharjah International Book Fair 2017 is here!

36th Edition, world’s 3rd biggest book fair, irresistible events and titles, it doesn’t get any better than that!

60 countries, over 1,650 publishing houses offering over 1.5 million titles from 60 countries are going to participate in the 36th Mega edition of Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF). Starting from 1st of November 2017 concluding at 11th, you will have eleven days of sheer variety and hands on professional programme that will be hosted as an affiliation of SIBF’s TRC (Sharjah International Book Fair).

This programme will be helpful in the accumulation of 250+ privileges experts from different parts of the globe, held on Monday and Tuesday, i.e. the 30th and 31st of October 2017. The idea is to facilitate the buying and selling of publishing translation rights.

The said mega event will be hosted by Sharjah, 3rd largest emirate in the UAE. ‘A world inside My Book’, has been declared as the theme for this 11 day event this year.

Fun Facts – SIBF in the Spotlight:

Let’s have a look at some of the interesting facts associated with SIBF:

  • Planned by SBA (Sharjah Book Authority) the SIBF event this year is expected to spread across 14,625 Sqms.
  • 393 guests joining for 48 countries who will be participating in over 2600 events.
  • An event that is expanding all the time, new participants this year would be Denmark, South Korea and Bangladesh participating in this sizzling event for the first time.
  • One name, countless events ranging across several professional programmes such as the Cultural café, the Cookery Corner, the Cultural programme and the intellectual programme.
  • Extensive in nature among them all and feature of this year’s event edition is the Kid’s Programme, packed with 1,632 activities, offered by 44 visitors from 20 nations.

Not to forget, the sizzling hot social media station which will be hosted by SIBF, having 33 activities associated with it and workshops to put the cherry on top, this will help in engaging thousands of Social media lovers and sawyers with their focal point floating around cultural, social and media issues.

You aren’t going to miss it, are you?


Sharjah Publishing City! A literary opening for the Arab world

Sharjah adds one more landmark to its name and this time it’s the Sharjah Publishing city, to fulfil its literary appetite.
Covering approximately 20,000 square meters and each floor is 10,000 square meters, the Sharjah publishing city is equipped with latest technology every publisher needs for a guaranteed success. Adding to that, the tax free culture of the free-zones and accommodating nature of the region makes it a unique idea altogether.
If you are still unaware of the surprise named as Sharjah Publishing free zone then you need to read this from Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, chairman of the book authority “Sharjah Publishing City is the Arab world’s very first publishing free zone, offering those in the book industry the opportunity to capitalize on tax-free privileges while benefiting from being a wholly independently owned and operated company.”

One stop shop for top publishers:
This literary hub will cater to the leading international publishers like Austin MacauleyTM and many others. For all others who seek a name in the publishing world, Sharjah Publishing City is a platform where they can operate in a fully supportive, integrated environment and under the shadow of leading international publishers.
This free zone facility is not only going to facilitate the international authors and publishers to showcase their talents but will also benefit the local writers of the region in giving them the exposure to the world. Rakkad Al Ameri, emphasized on the fact that Sharjah Publishing City will not only be publishing hub of the Middle East only, but its spectrum will be the whole world. It connects the whole world, China to North Africa, India to Europe and US to the Asia.
According to Al Ameri “It is actually 365 days of book fairs in one spot.” We have the ideal environment for trading and training. “A lot of people can’t get a visa to the United States for training, and they can’t afford the cost. We are creating one stop shopping for publishers in Sharjah”. This facility will not only introduce the Arab and international publishing professionals to each other but also will allow creative talent to come forward and thrive.