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More than 500,000 titles spanning 35 different languages will be on display at the 28th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) that will begin on April 25 in Abu Dhabi.

The exhibition – one of the biggest in the region – will be hosted at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) and will run until May 1, 2018, The Department of Culture and Tourism announced on Monday.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the ADIBF will host 1,350 exhibitors from 63 countries at an exhibition space covering 35,000 square metres at ADNEC.

An extensive cultural public programme with more than 830 seminars and workshops will be held with authors and publishing experts from around the globe.

Celebrating Poland as the Country of Honour, ADIBF will introduce audiences to the 1,000-year history of Polish literature. These works, authored by Polish writers over the centuries, will open a platform for all to explore the cultural wealth of Poland.

The Department of Culture and Tourism’s Kalima Translation Project will present 25 new books of literature, translated from three international languages – French, English and German.

Additionally and for the first time ever, DCT Abu Dhabi will offer visitors to ADIBF an “electronic card” that they can charge with credit to purchase books, for a seamless experience without the need for them to carry cash.

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