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From left, Rashid Al Kous, executive director, EPA handing Dr Abdul Rahman Bin Nasser Al Assem, general manager, cultural affairs, Saudi Arabia the EPA’s memorial shield From left, Rashid Al Kous, executive director, EPA handing Dr Abdul Rahman Bin Nasser Al Assem, general manager, cultural affairs, Saudi Arabia the EPA’s memorial shield

Linking Saudi and Emirati Publishing

Representatives of the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA) and Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information recently met in Riyadh to explore ways to enhance cultural cooperation and intellectual exchange towards enriching their publishing movements.

Charting the growth of the local publishing sector over the past two years, the EPA delegation explained that Emirati publishing houses have increased their production and outreach significantly in both regional and global markets, in particular, the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and Latin America.

The need to launch joint cultural programmes highlighting the rich cultural fabric and heritage of the UAE and Saudi Arabia was discussed, along with strengthening bonds of friendship though events celebrating each other’s traditions.

The Emirati publishers’ also shared their preparations for the March 14 – 24 Riyadh International Book Fair.