Year of Reading 2016

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.



December 2016

November 2016


October 2016



BOOK REVIEW: Importance of hospitality in Islam

28th Oct 2016

Hospitality and Islam: Welcoming in God’s Name. By Mona Siddiqui, London: Yale University Press. 2016. PB. Pp274. £9.67.

September 2016

July 2016


June 2016

May 2016

APRIL 2016

The Digital Future (April 26, 2016)

In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they got bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 year – and most people don’t see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again? Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore’s law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it became way superior and got mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs.


Oxford Arabic Dictionary

Oxford Dictionaries Arabic is a groundbreaking and unsurpassed online dictionary of Modern Standard Arabic and English. 

Informed by Oxford’s renowned language research and compiled by an international team of expert advisors, the dictionary focuses on language as it’s used today. Based on the unparalleled Oxford Arabic Dictionary, regular content updates ensure that Oxford Dictionaries Arabic remains the most up-to-date resource available. 



MARCH 2016








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In The News

Sun-seekers to sergeants: UAE Year of Reading gets everyone on same page 

Abu Dhabi Airports Supports the "Year of Reading" Initiative by opening Abu Dhabi International Airport's first library

Sharjah Children's Reading Festival concludes  

"Dubai Culture" Celebrates Year of Reading with Exciting Spring Events

Year of Reading enriched by Abu Dhabi International Book Fair  

UAE declares 2016 as Year of Reading

Khalifa Declares 2016 "Reading Year"!

Mohammed Bin Rashid: On President's Directives, 2016 is UAE Reading Day

Year of Reading beginning of permanent change in UAE: Mohammed

Shaikh Mohammed seeks ideas on Year of Reading

UAE declares 2016 the Year of Reading

National Media Council announces first initiative for 2016 Year of Reading

Shortlist Announced for International Prize for Arabic Fiction 

One-and-a-half million book library to be built in Dubai

Making reading a sticky habit in UAE

The Dubai Digital Library aims to preserve national heritage, culture and identity - here’s how

Dewa lights up 'Year of Reading' initiative  

The UAE's Year of Reading will drive creativity

Higher Supervisory Committees for Year of Reading endorses basic principles for strategic plan

UAE parents urged to fire youthful imagination with reading


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