The 29th edition of Abu Dhabi International Book Fair kicked off on Wednesday at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre، the United Arab Emirates (UAE)، with more than 500،000 titles on display، Xinhua reported.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the UAE Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan inaugurated the event، according to the state-run WAM news agency.
He emphasized the importance of the fair in supporting the UAE's status in the publishing industry، being one of the most important book fairs in the region that attracts Arab and international publishers.
Organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi، the fair features more than 1،000 exhibitors from 50 countries.
Running until April 30، the fair also includes several daily events for visitors such as seminars، workshops، author signings and entertainment activities.
With India as the event's guest of honour، at least 30 Indian publishing companies are taking part.
This year's book fair also sees the introduction of three new interactive zones: the E-Zone، Comic Corner and the Entertainment Zone.
Each of the three zones features unique experiences for learning، innovation and entertainment.