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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Arabic edition of Scientific American magazine launches

UAE Ambassador to Egypt attended event to launch Arabic online edition of one of America's most highly regarded science publications

Screen grab of Scientific America Arabic.
Screen grab of Scientific America Arabic.

The Arabic edition of Scientific American magazine was launched online in Egypt on Friday.

Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi, UAE Ambassador to Egypt and Permanent Representative to the Arab League, attended the ceremony in Cairo hosted by the Egyptian Knowledge Bank and the publishing house Springer Nature, which is the world’s largest academic book publisher.

In 2015, Springer Nature and the Egyptian government announced a five-year agreement paving the way for the online Arabic version of Scientific American, the longest continuously published magazine in the United States.

“This freely accessible online Arabic edition of Scientific American will bridge the gap between academia and the interested general public in Egypt and the Arabic-speaking world, and will help to disseminate the voices of its most influential thinkers,” according to Springer Nature, which said that editorial operations for the new edition will be based in Cairo.

The launch was held in presence of Dr Tariq Shawgi, Egyptian minister of technical education and training, Dr Mariam Matar, founding chairperson of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association, who was the event's guest of honour, and other officials.

Dr Matar hailed Egypt's notable contribution to the scientific and knowledge scenes in the Arab world. She recounted her personal experience since she started in 2001 to focus on community medicine and through to launching an initiative for a UAE free from thalassaemia in 2012.

Launched in 1845, Scientific American is one of Springer Nature's flagship brands, and a renowned authority for pioneering science and technology for a general audience. The magazine features Nobel Prize-winning contributors and is available in 14 local-language editions.

When the partnership was launched in 2015, Derk Haank, Springer Nature CEO, said the agreement was “intended to substantially raise awareness of scientific research across Egypt” and marked “a significant investment in Egypt's scientific research capability, helping to ensure the widest possible access to the highest quality of research and educational content, which will further drive high-quality scientific output in the country”.

To read Scientific American in Arabic, visit www.scientificamerican.com/arabic.