As part of the Year of Reading the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) organized a three-day festival of reading from Monday 24th October. It was held at UAEU with faculty, students and representatives from other institutions taking part.
The festival opened with a play on reading initiatives and their influence on UAE society. This was followed by a poem and song by UAEU graduate Abdul Rahman Junaid. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Science and University College all took part in discussions on ways to encourage reading. These included running regular competitions, giving awards, and establishing small libraries in popular student common areas and coffee shops.
Dr. Hassan Al Naboodah, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the head of the organizing committee, highlighted the role of the festival as part of UAEU’s efforts to promote the Year of Reading. It was seen as a method of encouraging student interaction with reading initiatives in order to promote reading as a habit and a lifestyle choice for UAEU students.
Dr. Al Naboodah said that, “UAEU not only aims to produce graduates in a variety of majors, but to also prepare future leaders and create a generation with a passion for reading and exploration.”
The festival included an exhibition with input from the Dar Al Baroudi, the National Archive, the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, the Juma Al Majid Center for Culture and Heritage and the Emirates Studies Center.
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