Embracing books

The Year of Reading really hits its stride this week and we should all become involved

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair continues until May 3. Satish Kumar / The National
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In a recent interview with The National, Minister of State Noura Al Kaabi gave her perspective on the joys of reading. "I believe reading defines a society and its progress," she said. Judging by the amount of book-related events taking place this week, we are progressing very nicely indeed.

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair continues until May 3. In ­Dubai, 15 public libraries have been targeted for renovation in a partnership between Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and ­Dubai Municipality. A similar refurbishment programme has begun in the Northern Emirates, and workplaces throughout the country have been encouraged to open libraries for their employees. This paper meanwhile continues its year-long campaign to give away more than 40,000 books to schools.

Upgrading library infrastructure and investing in public events such as book fairs are sure-fire ways to encourage reading. We encourage everyone to get involved and get stuck into a good book. The benefits will be felt for years to come.