Abu Dhabi: The UAE on Tuesday announced a ten-year National Policy for Reading backed by a Dh100 million fund to encourage the habit of reading among a range of age groups.

The multi-faceted policy, launched at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), was drawn after a comprehensive survey on reading habits of Emiratis and a study of the national strategies of other countries and entities. The policy aims to make reading a part of the UAE’s core values and national identity.

Six UAE ministers gathered at the ADIBF to announce the upcoming changes. “Reading and education are the pillars to creating a stable, tolerant, knowledge-based society with researchers, academics and innovators. By the end of the year, the UAE will have the first law pertaining to reading in the region. This law will identify the roles and responsibilities of partners and affiliated entities,” said Mohammad Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, during the launch.

“To set up the 10-year policy, UAE officials studied the national strategies of seven countries and conducted interviews with 47 entities, in addition to carrying out a survey with 12,000 UAE residents,” Al Gergawi added… see more

source: gulfnews