Tulips under a male Date Palm, just off Kensington High Street in London,
set the tone for a mix of Arabia and Britain on a visit to
the London Book Fair in Olympia in Kensington.
A surprising number of exhibitors from Arabia had taken stalls at this exhibition. I dropped in on a talk hosted by Omar Al Busaidy for Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation from Dubai. He was discussing publication and authorship by young people with Hazza Al Mansoori , Maryam Al Zarooni and Eman Al Yousef, each of whom have books in print (some English some Arabic).
The Emirates Publishers Association was yet another from the UAE , a bit surprising that each of these occupied separate small stands rather than co-operating to take up a major location.
The final Arabian stand was Hamad bin Khalifa University Press, from Doha Qatar, which were promoting their large range of books .
Its great that the GCC states seem to be promoting their publications internationally, and hopefully make inroads into the UK reading market. Read about my London Book Fair visit – Part 1