Chaired by Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the association’s board, the meeting covered a set of important topics and issues that concern publishers, with board members taking the appropriate decisions and recommendations regarding these.
The attendants also approved the minutes of the board’s previous meeting, and reviewed the association’s financial report.
During the meeting, the board discussed the current preparations for the association’s participation in the Sharjah International Book Fair, which will take place from 26 October to 6 November 2010 at the Expo Centre Sharjah.
Following the meeting, Sheikha Bodour said: “The UAE’s cultural arena is witnessing a wide dynamic movement coupled with major progress that comes in harmony with its influential role at all levels.
“The progress seen by the cultural movement is compatible with the freedom and open support extended to highly educated and well informed people, who are the cornerstone of this prosperity,” she added.
“The meeting touched on a host of key issues, the most important of which was our participation in the Sharjah International Book Fair this year, which is undoubtedly a major cultural event,” Sheikha Bodour explained.
She pointed out that the association has completed its preparations for participating in the event in a distinguished manner that reflects the volume of participation by UAE intellectuals and writers, and which highlights the cultural movement in the country.
In addition, the meeting touched upon the updates on the association’s website and its related matters. The board stressed the need to complete the website in a uniquely designed form that not only provides easy access to its users, but that also enables it to offer services to a wide spectrum of publishers, keeping them updated on the latest developments on the local, regional and international cultural scene.
The issue of the Arab Publishers Union’s membership was among the key issues discussed at the board meeting. On this issue, the board underlined the need to overcome all obstacles that stand in the way of UAE publishers who wish to join the Arab Union.
Meanwhile, the board lauded the magnitude of cooperation between the Emirates Association and the Arab Union, specifically since 22 members from the association joined the Arab Union recently.
The meeting, which was held at the headquarters of the Ladies Club, was attended by Dr. Latifa Al Najjr, Secretary of the Board, board members Ali Bin Hatem and Mohammad Salem Al Dhanhani, as well as Amani Al Ali, a representative from Sheikha Bodour’s executive office, and Tamer Saeed, Director of the Association’s Planning and Development.
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