Dubai International Publishing Conference

5-6 March 2017

The inaugural Dubai International Publishing Conference was held by the Emirates Literature Foundation in partnership with The General Secretariat of The Executive Council of Dubai on 5 and 6 March 2017 

International and local delegates were joined by renowned speakers from the UAE, MENA and across the world who gave a vibrant and inspiring vision of publishing today and into the future.

From starting up a business to managing runaway bestsellers, exploiting international rights and exploring new markets, the conference offered fresh ideas, lively debate, and the opportunity to hear from world-class experts from all sectors of the industry.

In addition to the main speaker and panel sessions there were outstanding masterclasses on key publishing skills, and a special translation event to highlight a selection of exceptional titles in Arabic and English. With speakers and delegates from around the globe, the DIPC became a unique opportunity for an exchange of ideas and knowledge to give the global publishing industry new insight into the exciting developments taking place in the Arab publishing world.

The conference ran alongside the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, giving delegates and speakers the chance to experience the UAE’s premier literature festival.


Emirates Literature Foundation

the home of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

The Emirates Literature Foundation, the home of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, is a not-for-profit organisation which supports and nurtures literature in the UAE and the region through a programme of varied cultural initiatives.

Established in 2013 by royal decree issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, the Foundation aims to foster a life-long love for all literature. Recognising the importance of reading from a young age, the Foundation focuses on encouraging children and young people to enjoy reading for pleasure.

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Executive Council


The Executive Council of Dubai, formed by Law #3 in 2003, is the supreme decision-making body that directs and ensures the implementation of the Emirate’s policies as set out in the Dubai Strategic Plan (DSP) and for all other major policy decisions. The Council, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, consists of the Director Generals and the CEOs of government authorities and agencies. The Council drafts and submits public policies, laws and decrees, and oversees the implementation of local and federal laws. It advises the establishment of local government entities and reviews projects. It supervises the performance of the entities and leads the ongoing process of improvement to effectively transform government entities into accountable, high-performing, audience-focused organizations.

The General Secretariat of the Executive Council

The Secretariat provides strategic support to the Council through reviews and recommendations in public policy development, public administration improvement, through improving government services, government communications, excellence as well as performance management and coordinating activities of Council and Sector Committees.

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