Abu Dhabi: General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has ordered the allocation of Dh3 million to allow school and university students to get books from the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF).

Organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, the book fair will take place from April 30 to May 5.

Shaikh Mohammad’s initiative seeks to encourage students to get books and valuable publications that help stimulate reading habits.

It is aimed at creating an innovative and ambitious generation that can take the initiative to achieve further progress and development and help in nation-building and prosperity.

The gesture reflects the great attention that Shaikh Mohammad gives to the importance of books as a very importance source of knowledge, said Juma Abdullah Al Qubaisi, director of the Abu Dhabi book fair and executive director of the National Library division at the authority.

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair will also this year celebrate one of the greatest Arab poets. Abu Al Tayyeb Al Mutanabbi, a 10th Century poet who claimed his literature was seen by the blind and his words were heard by the deaf, is the focus personality of the 24th ADIBF edition.

Five hundred thousand book titles will be displayed at the fair, which will also have an e-zone section with electronic books and related gadgets.

The fair will have a special pavilion for Al Mutanabbi, featuring an international library of his poetry collections and dissertations written about him in Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish and other languages.