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CIEL Publishing and Distribution Enhances UAE Content Quality

5 months ago


Founded in Dubai in 2018, CIEL Publishing and Distribution is Virgin Megastore’s exclusive supplier in the Middle East and one of the largest book importers and distributors in the Middle East, importing titles by more than 500 publishers from around the world.

 

CIELimports in excess of 15,000 titles in Arabic, English and French as part of its plans to enhance the UAE’s cultural and literary sectors, underlining that the publishing sector in the UAE is seeing unprecedented growth through the support of the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA) and its participation in many global book fairs.

 

As CIELhas witnessed, the publishing market in the Middle East is seeing remarkable progress, emphasising that books still hold a great attraction for readers, researchers and academics.

 

The publishing house focuses on titles that provide local and Arabic bookstores with more choice, attracting some of the most significant award-winning books, and as an exclusive supplier to Virgin Megastore, it offers a quality selection of material to consumers across the region.

 

CIELparticipates in a number of annual cultural events and book fairs around the world, where it promotes its expertise and special programmes to international intellectuals and publishers.


Makhtoota 5229

5 months ago


‘Makhtoota 5229’ is the first Emirati sci-fi and fantasy publishing house in the UAE that specialises in science fiction, myths, fantasy, horror and the paranormal. Having seen a gap in the market for the niche genres, the Sharjah-based publisher committed itself to offer entertaining and exciting content for young readers in the Arab world while inspiring them to love Arabic books.

 

The origins of the name of ‘Makhtoota 5229’ dates back to the 10th century when the Abbasid Caliph, Al Muqtadir Bellah, dispatched his envoy Ahmed ibn Fadlan Al Baghdadi to the King of Bulgaria. During his long journey, Al Baghdadi met with different cultures and recorded his observations in a 420-page manuscript, which is now kept in a Turkish museum under the file name ‘MS5229’.

 

The publishing house has produced a list of the most popular books among young adults who are passionate about its genres, including budding authors with tips such as ‘Writing Fight Scenes’ by Ryan Hall. It serves primarily as a guide for novelists to have a deeper understanding about the most effective ways to create authentic combat scenes within a credible plot structure.

 

‘Makhtoota 5229’also released ‘Ancillary Justice’,a science fiction novel by the American writer Ann Leckie andthe first book in her ‘Imperial Radch’ space opera trilogy. The story describes a new universe where the empire uses Artificial Intelligence to control humans, the ‘ancillaries’, to act as its front-line soldiers.

 

The publishing house has a vision to make science and research attractive to young people, based on its belief that the content can stimulate a sense of curiosity and invention and encourage them to contribute to real-life innovation.

 

Science in particular focuses on experimentation and evidence and many scientists believe their interest and achievements stem from the science fiction books they read in their childhood.

AlNahda AlElmiya Publishing and Distribution

5 months ago


Dar AlNahda AlElmiya was established in the UAE in 2014 as a subsidiary of the Egyptian publisher, Dar Al Nahda Al Arabia. Founded in 1960, it is one of the oldest publishing houses in Egypt focusing on social sciences, children’s books, literature and history. 
 
The UAE branch of this prestigious publishing house was inaugurated in line with the country’s focus on improving conditions for scientific research, encourage more people to take up research, and also make the education and nurseries sectors in the UAE more fertile. 
 
New titles of Dar AlNahda AlElmiya include The Case Management System in accordance with the UAE Civil Procedures Lawby Prof. Jawaher Jumaa Al-Ketbi; Sociology of Social Problems in the UAE Society- social studiesby Dr. Naji Mohammed Hilal; and The International and Local Protection of Arab Information Institutions during Conflicts and Disturbancesby Prof. Ahmed Adel Zidan.
 
As part of its efforts to disseminate knowledge and give their publications wider access to readers, Dar Al Nahda maintains a regular presence at key regional and international book fairs, like the Sharjah International Book Fair, Muscat International Book Fair, Jeddah International Book Fair, and others. They intend to participate at the 2018 editions of the Sharjah International Book Fair and the International Book Fair of Algiers.
 
Dar AlNahda AlElmiya is planning to expand its scope of work in academic books and curricula in both universities and schools. It has already started publishing for UAE universities such as gthe University of Sharjah, Ajman University, Abu Dhabi University, Al Falah University, The American University in the Emirates(AUE) and City University College of Ajman. Regarding young people and children, the publishing house focused on delivering school curricula in accordance to the specifications of the Ministry of Education. 
 
Dar Al Nahda believes that the publishing sector in the UAE is witnessing remarkable progress and continued growth, thanks to the government’s support and efforts to increase the number of intellectual and scientific titles in all fields by encouraging authors and publishers to deliver valuable content.
 
The majority of Dar Al Nahda’s sales are made in Gulf countries in general and the UAE in particular. The UAE is home to various Arab nationalities, and by virtue of its multicultural milieu, offers easy access to interested readers from across the region. 

Dar Al Saqr for Publishing and Distribution Publishes New and Innovative Emirati Content

8 months ago


Established in 2014 in the Emirate of Al Fujairah, the Dar Al Saqr for Publishing and Distribution, a member of the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), aims to produce publications that meet the interests of the Emirati community. It published cultural materials that have new and innovative content, through which it stimulates Emirati young authors to publish their innovative titles.

Dar Al Saqr focuses on presenting new content that targets all segments of society, and addresses many topics and issues that align with the age and communicate meaningful messages. The list of Dar Al Saqr’s latest publications includes ‘Zayed the Father and Instilling the Concept of the Role Model’, ‘Zayed: Biography and Successful Progress’ and ‘Abu Dhabi and Dubai: One Entity as Zayed Left It’.

The publishing house focuses on publishing a variety of titles that target children and feature scientific content that address all types of sciences, knowledge and languages, among other children’s books that attract youngsters to the world of reading. It seeks to publish 100 new educational titles that support children in the future.

In keeping with its dedication to enhancing its stature and promoting its publications, Dar Al Saqr is committed to participating in many local events, such as the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, and expanding its participation to the regional level.


Sail Publishing Promotes Cross-cultural Literature

9 months ago


Sail Publishing was founded in 2014, four years after the launch of Sail Magazine, an online publication featuring cultural and community opinion articles, providing a platform for young people who prefer writing in English, regardless of nationality, and helping to bridge the gap between non-Arabic speakers in the UAE and the Emirati community.

In recognition of the magazine’s entrepreneurial drive, digital publishing creativity and ambition to spread literature and the love of reading in the community, the publication’s many awards include: UAE Young Digital Publisher Entrepreneur Award from the British Council; Young Entrepreneur Award from Startup Businesses Magazine; and the Arab Woman Award in Literature.

Building on its strength and reputation in digital publishing and the trust from the community as place for the young writers to increase their reach, Sail went on to establish an independent digital and print publishing business across all genres including children’s literature, business, poetry, and fiction.

The publisher’s target audience is split into two main categories, which are the young Arabic speakers who enjoy English language books, and international readers who are culturally curious about the region and works written by Arabic authors. While Sail Publishing covers a full spectrum of styles and subjects, it focuses exclusively on English language publications, in contrast to many UAE publishers which concentrate on different genres in Arabic.

Sail Publishing has a varied distribution network with digital titles available on iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Scribd, Storytel, and many of the industry’s other worldwide reading platforms and print versions on Amazon, Book Depository, Barnes and Noble, and Jamalon.

The publisher’s most recent titles include poetry collections by young Emirati authors, ‘Salvaged’ by Omar Al Owais, and ‘You, Me, and All the In-between’ by Shaikha Al Bakhit, as well as a parenting book ‘The Last Years Last Forever’ by Aysha Al Janahi.

In order to raise its profile and increase awareness, Sail Publishing continues to maintain a presence at leading international industry fairs, including two recent international congresses in London and in India, Casablanca, the Sharjah International Book Fair and two appearances at the London Book Fair, with the Paris Book Fair coming up later in the year.

The company is also working towards providing digital services for other publishers in both Arabic and English under their own imprints, and editing services for English books.


Molhimon Publishing and Distribution

10 months ago


Founded in 2016, Molhimon Publishing and Distribution is building its identity as a contributor and catalyst to creating a renaissance of the Arab world’s vast legacy of literature. Through publishing lengthy and documented publications from the past across a variety of genres that includes studies, translations, novels, poetry and plays, the publisher is aiming to revive and maintain the roots and development of vital Arab literary works.

Since its first anniversary, Molhimon has embarked on a journey of communication between Arab and Western cultures, encouraging constructive dialogue between societies and communities across the world. By introducing Western culture to Arab readers and highlighting the vast spectrum of the arts and literature in the Arab world and introducing it to the West, Molhimon is becoming pivotal in breaking down barriers and sharing knowledge and understanding.

With a stellar selection of inspiring and talented authors, Molhimon has enriched the Arabic library with a series of literary masterpieces. It recently released 113 new titles including ‘Istishraf Alqoloob’ (Heart Forecast), ‘Hadathani Fa Qal’ (He Told Me and Said), ‘My Journey to Arab Countries’, ‘The Issue of Painting’, ‘Shaharyar’, ‘Jack’ and ‘Flashes on Al Manfaluti’.

Molhimon’s book sales are mainly concentrated on Saudi Arabia, which acquires 60% of its publications, while the remaining 40% are distributed across other Arab countries.

Through its renewed focus, Molhimon has promptly succeeded in strengthening its participation in international book fairs, especially in the GCC region. On a national level, it has had a strong presence at the Sharjah International Book Fair, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Al Ain Book Fair, Ras Al Khaimah Book Fair, Khorfakkan Book Fair and the Cultural Days Festival.

In the GCC, Molhimon has taken part in the Bahrain International Book Fair, Riyadh International Book Fair, Kuwait International Book Fair and Muscat International Book Fair.

As part of its future plans, Molhimon is currently working on a series of translated books in collaboration with ‘Four Corners’ and will also launch a section dedicated to children's literature.

Highlighting the outlook and growth opportunities for the publishing industry in the UAE, Molhimon stressed that the UAE’s publishing sector is continuing to grow rapidly, especially thanks to the leadership of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Founder and President of the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA).

The publisher believes that launching several of Sheikha Bodour’s inspirational initiatives has helped greatly in drawing attention to the Arab publishing market and its ever-increasing potential, encouraging foreign publishers to enter into copyright and translation contracts.

Molhimon emphasised that the EPA plays a key literary and professional consultancy role and acts as the vital legal arm of publishing houses based in the UAE, constantly assessing long-term strategies to advance the industry across the country and beyond.


Sadiqat Publishing

10 months ago


In a world full of mystery and fascinating tales that challenge the imagination, Sharjah-based publisher, Sadiqat Publishing, has dived deep into young minds offering literary treasures that they will relish and learn from. Sadiqat Publishing is an organisation dedicated to producing books mainly for children and young adults, and has expanded their reading list to cater to more mature readers.

When established, Sadiqat’s owner wrote and published titles mainly targetted towards teenage girls to fill the gap in the genre within the Arab world. Eventually, the publisher collaborated with Arab authors to write engaging stories for children with messages of love, tolerance and good conduct.

In a matter of storytelling, the books also aim to imbue young girls and children with a knack for problem solving and positive habits that will help them broaden their horizons, expand their knowledge base and enrich their everyday lives.

Sadiqat Publishing’s portfolio is represented by a mix of fact and fiction to make comprehension easier for its readership base. For instance, one of their titles, Young Girls Who Can Write is dotted with a series of anecdotal texts containing thoughts and ideas of a group of high school girls, which were transformed by them into stories and written in a language suitable for girls in their age.

Other titles include Girls’ Talks, Soft Meals, Goal of My little Sister, Please Keep Silence, My Dad Goes Fishing, Rosy Tales, and The Paper that Finally Rejoiced, amongst several others.

Sadiqat has participated in many local and regional book fairs, most notably the Sharjah International Book Fair and Al Ain Book Fair in 2017. They aspire to establish a presence in numerous other publishing events and use them as a platform to spread its message.

In future, Sadiqat seeks to further expand its offerings with educational titles and textbooks for kindergarten and primary school children. They are also translating some of their works in English to feature them at international book fairs.

To mark the occasion of ‘UAE Year of Zayed’ in 2018, they will organise a literary awards function ‘BSM Sadiqat’ in collaboration with Egypt-based Elite Publishing, to recognise and honour Egyptian writers.





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