The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Culture and Youth has launched a new strategy to overhaul its literature and publishing industry. Noura Al Kaabi, minister of culture and youth, announced the move on the opening day of the Arabic Language Summit, explaining that it would consist of policies and initiatives designed to govern and enhance both industries, with a focus on copyright protection and intellectual property.
Organized by the ministry and the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, the two-day summit, held at Manarat Al Saadiyat, brought together regional authors and thought leaders for discussions surrounding the current state and advancement of the Arabic language.
“The Ministry of Culture and Youth will launch a strategy to stimulate and govern the literature and publishing sector; develop current laws and legislation related to the protection of copyright, publishing, and intellectual property; and analyze the sector’s current and future needs,” Al Kaabi said in her keynote address.
“We will document Emirati literary initiatives and programs and measure their presence in educational curricula. We will build a digital database documenting these achievements and prepare implementation reports that include the most important strengths, challenges, and opportunities for improvement.”