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KALIMA translates five Turkish books into Arabic

posted on 03/03/2009: 2287 views



KALIMA, a giant translation initiative launched by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), has released five literary works translated from Turkish into Arabic.

The books, part of a series to promote culture of other nations, will be put on display at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair on March 17.

Commenting on KALIMA's gesture, Turkish Ambassador HE Hakki Akil expressed his appreciation of and gratitude for the great support and valuable contributions of H.H. Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, with regard to the major steps towards development in every field, particularly in the cultural sphere, in the UAE, especially in Abu Dhabi.

'I would like also to congratulate Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), particularly the Chairman, H.E Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, and the Director General, H.E. Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei.

'The "KALIMA" project, which has been initiated by ADACH and involves translation of contemporary and classical literature from other languages into Arabic, is a major step towards integration of the rich Arab culture with the world culture, the Turkish envoy added.

'In this regard, it is my particular pleasure to observe the big interest shown by the UAE authorities and society in the Turkish culture and literature. I believe both classical and contemporary Turkish literature will be endorsed by a distinguished audience in the Gulf region in general and in the UAE in particular.

'I am convinced that works related to Istanbul are particularly destined to attract considerable attention in the UAE, since the city became the most favorable destination for the Emiratis in the recent years. In fact, Istanbul has been chosen as the European Cultural Capital for the 2010, thus adding to its popularity as the historical capital of the ancient Empires. Therefore, I consider selection of books on the authentic life in the Ottoman Istanbul is appropriate and I hope it will be followed by a wide range of works from the Turkish literature.

Without doubt, he continued, this important step by ADACH will contribute to further strengthening our bilateral cultural relations that we value very much, building on the existing political, economic, cultural, historical, religious and emotional ties with the UAE community.

'I am really grateful for the cooperative stand adopted by both the wise leadership and the brotherly people of the UAE with regard to our mutual interaction,' he concluded. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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