Al Ahli Holding Group publishes international comic books in Arabic in Dubai
Al Ahli Holding Group (AAHG), a multi-diversified international conglomerate based in UAE, recently announced the launch of its new subsidiary – Al Ahli Publishing and Distribution (APD).
Inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to establish UAE as a global centre of excellence for the Arabic language, Al Ahli Publishing and Distribution will introduce popular international comic books and magazines in Arabic.
AAHG is the first company outside USA to have the rights for publishing and distribution of leading international comic books in English and Arabic, belonging to top Hollywood studios.
“Al Ahli Publishing and Distribution was inspired by the initial efforts of His Highness Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to promote Arabic culture and language which is currently being carried forward by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The recent efforts of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum that aimed at promoting the Arabic language through Arabization initiatives have inspired AAHG to introduce international comic books in Arabic,” Mr. Mohammed Khammas, CEO of AAHG said.
“The company, through the popular comic characters translated in Arabic, will ensure that our young Arab generation will be able to connect to the pop-culture phenomena in a language of their own. Further, His Highness Shiekh Mohammed Bin Zayed al Nahyan has also been a motivating factor in our efforts in promoting Arabic language through the Abu Dhabi Education Council,” added Mr. Khammas.
The company has a broad portfolio of activities, including the management of the publishing rights for many intellectual properties – from some of the largest studios in the world. Amongst the popular comic book titles, the company has begun publishing and distributing titles of Marvel’s Ironman, Spiderman, Hulk, Thor and Avengers. The company also has strategic tie-ups with other leading studios DC Comics and Sanrio which would include publishing of comic books, magazines and activity books.
APD is the first company ever to secure rights to translate in the Persian language and will publish popular international comics that have been pop-culture phenomena over the years.
“APD will play a key role in the region to popularize various internationally renowned comic and children’s activity books that will add value to the youth’s reading skills. Further, we are evaluating various popular intellectual properties that can be translated in Arabic or customized to suit the sensibilities of Arabic consumers,” said Mr. Mohammed Zuhair Ayoubi, General Manager, Licensing, M&E, AAHG.
APD currently publishes and distributes collectible editions of comic books and related media in over 12 countries and will shortly launch collector’s series and Master works editions of various titles.
This new subsidiary will be complementing AAHG’s existing business of Comicave store, which is the world’s largest pop-culture destination housing collectibles, classic comic book collections and merchandize.