Dubai: Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), in partnership with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library Foundation (MBRL), is set to unveil the second edition of the Digital Publishing Forum on October 25, 2023.
The forum seeks to promote Dubai Culture’s role in addressing the challenges facing the digital publishing sector and discuss innovative solutions to support the development of this vital sector.
The Forum, hosted by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library (MBRL), will be attended by experts, academics, publishers, specialists, intellectuals, and writers who will enrich the forum with their experiences, ideas, and visions.
The main session, entitled ‘Future of Digital Publishing in the UAE’, will feature Mr. Mohammed Al-Zarooni, Deputy Director-General of the Information and Digital Government Sector; Dr. Abdulrahman Al Muaini, Assistant Undersecretary for the Intellectual Property Sector at the Ministry of Economy; and Dr. Afra Atiq, an Emirati poet.
The forum will begin with an introductory workshop organised by the Dubai Electronic Security Centre entitled ‘Safe Publishing on Digital Platforms’. The workshop will discuss the security of content on digital platforms that the publisher may be exposed to. Additionally, the ‘Brainstorming Laboratory’ will feature Emirati publishing houses to discuss their future vision and recommendations for digital publishing.
The forum will include parallel interactive sessions. These include ‘Publishing in the Age of Digitalization (Artificial Intelligence, Opportunities, and Challenges), moderated by Mr. Iman Al-Youssef; and ‘The Digital Publishing Market (Evolution and Future), which will see the participation of Mr. Rashid Al Kous, Executive Director of the Emirates Publishers Association, moderated by Mr. Ghayth Al-Hawasani. Another session, happening in parallel with the other two sessions, is ‘Digital Publishing Technologies: Between Impact and Influence’, moderated by Mr. Amal Sheikhan.
The forum will also host a virtual session entitled ‘The Role of Digital Publishing in Sustainability’, with the participation of Dr. Emad Abu Eid and moderated by Ms. Rasha Ramadan.
Furthermore, it will offer a creative and interactive space for its audience through Rofouf, Noon, and Zodiac Media, which will introduce them to ways to publish their work via audio and digital book applications, in addition to ways of listing, promoting, and displaying them.