El-Azbakeya Wall Showcases Over 100-Year-Old Books at the 33rd Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

El-Azbakeya Wall Showcases Over 100-Year-Old Books at the 33rd Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

May 4, 2024

Abu Dhabi, UAE, May 2, 2024: Imagine yourself in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, visiting the historic El-Azbakeya Wall, and exploring a vast collection of ancient books by renowned personalities in culture, literature, art, and thought leadership. You will encounter thousands of titles that will take you on a journey through time to uncover the creativity of ancient times and experience the exceptional nature of publishing in that era. Find some unique titles from Egypt, the Guest of Honour, at the 33rd Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. Visitors will also be able to experience a series of events celebrating Egypt’s culture, architecture, and history.

The El-Azbakeya Wall pavilion at the bookfair displays unique aesthetics and offers ten sections, which recreate the ancient market located in the Al-Ataba area in central Cairo. Attracting book enthusiasts from different backgrounds and age-groups, this pavilion conveys the message of enlightenment and free thought as one of the hallmarks of modern and contemporary Egyptian culture.

Speaking about the importance of the El-Azbakeya Wall at the bookfair, Mohammed Sadek, Head of the Arab Archive Corner for Heritage, said: “Creating a pavilion resembling the El-Azbakeya Wall introduces the public to the inherent value that this wall holds in Egyptian culture. It offers a chance to showcase samples from the exhibits, including rare books and magazines, creating a unique experience that sheds light on this very important aspect of Egyptian cultural history. Our participation in the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair conveys the messages of thought and enlightenment from Egypt to the world, especially to the people of the UAE, who have strong ties with the Egyptian people”.

The organisers of the venue emphasised that the wall, established in 1907 in Cairo, is an integral part of Egypt’s culture and history, and a valuable place to study for any researcher or student. At the bookfair, the replica of the wall displays a large number of valuable and rare books from various genres, alongside priceless original editions of several books. It also offers unique cultural and historical content that is being presented for the first time to the audience of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

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