x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

New GCC atlas launched at Abu Dhabi Book Fair

Book explores geography and economic development of the region.

Author David Heard of the UK signs a copy of his book, From Pearls to Oil, during the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. Christopher Pike / The National
Author David Heard of the UK signs a copy of his book, From Pearls to Oil, during the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. Christopher Pike / The National

ABU DHABI // A new atlas of the GCC has been launched at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

Compiled by Philippe Cadene and Brigitte Dumortier, The Atlas of the Gulf States explores more than just the physical geography with sections showcasing the economic development of the region.

"I think this is very important," said Mr Cadene, a professor of development geography at the University Paris-Diderot from the Discussion Sofa at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

"The aim is to show a diversification of the economies in the region and how each Gulf city is at the centre of such development."

After wowing crowds on Thursday with his recreation of Qasr Al Hosn using books, German artist and poet Frank Klotgen returned for the mammoth task of building the Emirates Palace hotel out of hardbacks.

The feat took more than three hours and 700 books to complete. "It is very delicate because of the way it's shaped," said a visibly worn-out Klotgen. "I really have to just take my time here."

Abu Dhabi Media, which owns The National, is also showcasing its portfolio of products at the fair - including National Geographic Alarabiya and the children magazine, Majid.

Abu Dhabi Al Emarat TV station is broadcasting live throughout the six-day event, as is radio station Abu Dhabi Classic FM.

The book fair ends on Monday.

 

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