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About Emirates Publishers Association

Established on February 25, 2009, the Emirates Publishers Association is a non-profit organisation that serves the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by working to develop the UAE’s publishing industry.

The Association’s aim is to represent UAE publishers at regional and international events, exhibitions and seminars on publishing. The Association also works to disseminate the UAE’s intellectual output throughout the Arab world and worldwide. The Association also works to improve the publishing industry in the UAE by training & supporting UAE publishers, & by improving publishing-related conditions and laws.

The Association co-operates with local publishing, printing, and distribution houses and is working to establish a distribution company for its member publishers. The Association is especially focused on translations from and into Arabic, and the protection of intellectual property rights and other related rights.

The Association is a member of the Arab Publishers Association and an affiliate member of the International Publishers Association (IPA).


  • EPA to assist Emirati-owned publishers in promoting Emirati authors, in bringing more Emirati books to more readers in UAE, and in expanding Emirati-owned publisher’s domestic and international market share.

  • EPA is to guide and direct the publishing industry to contribute to the social, cultural, education and economic development of the United Arab Emirates.

  • EPA focuses on enhancing the UAE’s existing legal framework to afford publishers world-class protection of intellectual property rights, copyright enforcement, and freedom to publish, thereby promoting creativity in the UAE.


UAE takes pride in having a variety of libraries across the country. Browse our list of libraries in each emirate here.

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