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Emirates Literature Foundation announces inaugural translation conference

posted on 17/10/2016: 1694 views

The Emirates Literature Foundation, in partnership with The Executive Council of Dubai, will host the Dubai Translation Conference from 20th to 22nd October 2016.

The event celebrates the ideals of the National Reading Policy, launched in the UAE in 2016, and is another step towards enriching the body of literature in the Arabic Language, promoting the creative content of Arab writers to non-Arabic speakers and promoting a reading culture within the Arab world, in an effort to create a new generation of literate and open-minded readers both culturally and intellectually within an inclusive and cohesive society.

"Reading opens minds promotes tolerance, openness and communication, and prepares an educated, informed and open-minded people. Our goal is to establish the UAE as a world cultural capital with distinction," said His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, announcing 2016 as a 'Year of Reading'.

The conference will deliver a wide ranging programme covering all aspects of translation, with a focus on the evolution of translation in the UAE, presented in an entertaining and informative manner.

Aisha Miran, Assistant Secretary-General for Strategy Management and Governance at the Executive Council of Dubai, said, 'The National Reading Policy is a corner stone in the development of the UAE. It re-emphasises the prominent place of the individual and the society in the development process. Both are in the heart of the Dubai Plan 2021 aims and objectives, and the driver behind its programmes.' 'Translation is a two-way process that builds bridges among nations and cultures. Today Dubai is making a first move, and we anticipate that others would do the same as well. There is no better time to spread this message than these days,' Miran added.

'We have put together a lively programme that is fresh, relevant, engaging, and informative – and hopefully fun,' said Isobel Abulhoul, CEO of the Emirates Literature Foundation, and Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.

"Too often the field of translation is seen as dull, but we hope this conference will highlight its value and importance. Reading literature in translation opens up new worlds and broadens minds, subtly educating the reader on different cultures and points of view. Young people who read regularly develop greater degrees of empathy and tolerance; reading really is food for the soul. Translators are a vital part of the process,' she explained.

'Currently the Arabic Speaking World, made up of 22 countries, is lagging behind other languages in the numbers of books published and translated annually,' he noted.

'We aim to create a generation of book lovers and consolidate the country's position as a global capital for knowledge and culture. Improving the quality and range of literature in the Arabic language will lead to more readers, in turn resulting in a better educated population,' he added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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