‘Reading Nation – Leading Nation’

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By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

A LARGE number of book lovers from the Pakistani community based in the UAE participated in the “Kitab Mushaira” (poetry session) under the slogan of the “Reading Nation – Leading Nation” on Friday evening to celebrate the “Year of Reading” as part of the Independence Day programmes.
The one-of-a-kind event saw a poetry session highlighting the importance of books by prominent literary personalities that coincides with the month-long events being organised by the Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) celebrating the country’s Independence Day which falls on Aug.14.
The Kitab Mushaira hosted Abdul Wahid Khan, Press Counsellor of the Pakistan Consulate in Dubai, as the chief guest. It was also attended by UAE-based Urdu poets and guests from Oman and the UK who enthralled the audience with their latest poetry.
The event was organised by the literary committee of the association at its premises and attended by Pakistani scholars, poets, authors and other community members who unanimously paid tribute to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and his government for the initiative celebrating 2016 as the “Year of Reading.”
A unique part of the evening was the “Expressing Solidarity with the Book”, in which all scholars, poets, authors, doctors, educationalists and other community members collectively showcased their sentiments for book culture and the reading habit.
All participants showed their favourite books and determination for their commitment to books and the reading habit.
At one corner the organisers had placed a table with a comment board on “My Favourite Book” and asked the participants to write down the name of their favourite book.
Many also brought their copies to exchange and some gifted them to the association.
Tariq Rehman, representing the Literary Committee, welcomed the academic and literary circles of the UAE.
Analysing the state of reading …
-Published in The Gulf Today

~ by jamilkhan on July 31, 2016.

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