More information on our book (in German): here.

Diverse cultural, intellectual and artistic programme

The 26th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair featured a wide array of books in all languages of the world and a diverse cultural, intellectual and artistic programme. It’s one of the oldest book fairs in the region with its mix of books, international and Emirati authors, experts and excited publishers and booksellers. Run by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCAA), this year’s event focused on Italy as the country of honour with famous Italian authors and publishers.

International and diverse. Entrance to the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF)
International and diverse Entrance to the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) © Jan Dimog
Print and publishers. At the German pavilion of the ADIBF
Print and publishers At the German pavilion of the ADIBF © Jan Dimog
White and wide. The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, host of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
White and wide The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, host of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair © Jan Dimog

German ambassador and Minister of Culture at the German pavilion

The book fair had invited us to present our new book: the "Architectural Guide United Arab Emirates", which will be available in bookshops and online worldwide in August 2016. The ADIBF has several platforms and sections: Black Box Cinema, Creativity Corner, Culture Programme, Illustrator Corner, Professional Programme, Show Kitchen and Signatures Programme. We, Hendrik Bohle and Jan Dimog, were part of the Culture Programme, where we had 45 minutes for our book presentation. But before that, there was a lot of excitement on the opening day of the fair, especially at the German pavilion. We were able to hand over copies of our book to the German ambassador to the UAE, Dr. Eckhard Lübkemeier and HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development. Perfect timing – considering the fact, that we had received the preview copies of our book only a couple of minutes ago from our publisher Philipp Meuser of DOM publishers.

Cities and countries. Covers of the Architectural Guides United Arab Emirates, Delhi and Brazil.
Cities and countries Covers of the Architectural Guides United Arab Emirates, Delhi and Brazil. © Jan Dimog
Highness and dignitary. HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and the German ambassador to the UAE, Dr. Eckhard Lübkemeier with the Architectural Guide United Arab Emirates.
Highness and dignitary HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and the German ambassador to the UAE, Dr. Eckhard Lübkemeier with the Architectural Guide United Arab Emirates. © Jan Dimog
Presentation and publication. At the Discussion Sofa of the ADIBF with host Mustafa Al-Slaiman presenting the Architectural Guide United Arab Emirates with Jan Dimog and Hendrik Bohle.
Presentation and publication At the Discussion Sofa of the ADIBF with host Mustafa Al-Slaiman presenting the Architectural Guide United Arab Emirates with Jan Dimog and Hendrik Bohle. © Carmen Grau

The architecture of all 7 Emirates in one book

We started our research on the Architectural Guide United Arab Emirates at the end of 2013, but have known the country from previous journeys, especially Dubai and Sharjah. The latter played an important role for the practise magma architecture and for Hendrik Bohle as their project architect. Magma architecture and Hendrik Bohle were responsible for the redesign of Masrah Al Qasba, a multi-purpose theatre, which was completed in 2011. After finishing our work on the Architectural Guide Istanbul, which was published in May 2014, we travelled a couple of times to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). We have talked to numerous architects, designers, artists, engineers, experts, but also to drivers, tour guides and workers as well as to marketing executives, tourism industry agents and property developer. We toured all 7 Emirates, which is part of our concept: to include the architecture of the entire country. The result is a book, that features contemporary and vernacular architecture as well as the heritage, architectural tradition and culture of the United Arab Emirates. Our intention is to deliver an architectural portrait of a country, that includes its heritage, culture and people.

Black and white. Visitor at the ADIBF
Black and white Visitor at the ADIBF © Jan Dimog
Awards and appreciation. At the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, one of the most prestigious and well-funded prizes in the Arab World
Awards and appreciation At the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, one of the most prestigious and well-funded prizes in the Arab World © Jan Dimog
Uniforms and unique. Visitors of the ADIBF
Uniforms and unique Visitors of the ADIBF © Jan Dimog
Lines and lights. Hall 7 of the ADIBF
Lines and lights Hall 7 of the ADIBF © Jan Dimog
Vertical and horizontal. Visitors of the ADIBF
Vertical and horizontal Visitors of the ADIBF © Jan Dimog
Curved and clear. The Pedestrian Bridge by Dissing + Weitling at the ADNEC site.
Curved and clear The Pedestrian Bridge by Dissing + Weitling at the ADNEC site. © Jan Dimog
Halls and height. The ADNEC complex was designed by RMJM Architects.
Halls and height The ADNEC complex was designed by RMJM Architects. © Jan Dimog
Black and box. Cinema at the ADIBF
Black and box Cinema at the ADIBF © Jan Dimog
Gold and silver. Covers of the Architectural Guide United Arab Emirates by Jan Dimog and Hendrik Bohle.
Gold and silver Covers of the Architectural Guide United Arab Emirates by Jan Dimog and Hendrik Bohle. © Jan Dimog

Encounters and discussions with authors, artists and publishers from all around the world.

Mustafa Al-Slaiman hosted our presentation at the "Discussion Sofa" of the ADIBF. He has been working as a freelance literary translator and conference interpreter in Arabic and German since 1992. Since 2009, he has been co-operating with Kalima Abu Dhabi, where he is in charge of coordinating the German-Arabic part of Kalima’s literary translation programme. Our presentation along with the visit of the German ambassador and the Minister of Culture at the German pavilion were highlights as well as our stay at the ADIBF with the meetings, encounters and discussions with authors, artists and publishers from all around the world.

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