Everything you need to know ahead of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair: from how to register to vaccine requirements

The event is being held at Adnec under a raft of safety measures for visitors

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair returns with safety measures in place against Covid-19. Pawan Singh / The National 
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair returns with safety measures in place against Covid-19. Pawan Singh / The National 

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair will be open to fully vaccinated visitors.

Running from May 23 to 29 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec), the event has released a video on its social media channels outlining the safety measures in place.

These measures include requiring all visitors to be fully vaccinated, as well as no entry to those under 17 years of age.

The fair’s resumption heralds the revival of the UAE capital's conference and events sector. It comes after the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in February, also held at Adnec, which marked the first major in-person exhibition held in Abu Dhabi since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Similar to that event, the book fair will run with a number of strict safety precautions.

Here is what you need to know before going to the fair.

1. Be fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR test result

All visitors to the book fair need to be fully vaccinated and require to present a negative PCR test result.

Both information will have to be shown on the Al Hosn app on arrival. Those under the age of 17 are not allowed to attend.

2. Pre-registration is required

Study the programme guide, available on the fair’s website and app, because the time allowed at the fair is limited. Prior online registration is required, with a maximum of three hours per session.

Coloured bracelets are provided upon entry to enable officials to determine when each session has concluded.

Booking your session is easy: click the ticket tab of the website or app and fill in the required details, including name, email and contact number, and the preferred session.

An electronic ticket will then be issued to be scanned at the fair.

3. Wear your face mask

As well as the venue going through extensive daily sanitisation processes, all visitors and exhibitors will be required to wear a face mask at all times and maintain social distancing of two metres.

4. Different entry and exit points

Adnec is a large and sprawling venue at the best of times, and with the book fair using separate entry and exit points, be prepared for that extra stroll to the car park and taxi stations.

Body temperatures will also be checked on arrival and entry will be temporarily suspended when the fair reaches its allotted capacity.

More information on the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is available at adbookfair.com

Updated: May 23, 2021 06:25 PM

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