Largest floating book fair opens in Dubai
Dubai, January 24, 2011
The world’s largest floating book fair opened in Dubai with the arrival of the ship 'Logos Hope' at Port Rashid, the state-of-the-art cruise terminal operated by DP World.
The books exhibition, which runs until February 6, offers a selection of more than 7,000 books on a wide variety of subjects including science, healthcare, hobbies, cookery, sports, arts, languages and philosophy, said a DP World statement.
Not only will visitors have the chance to browse and buy books, but they will also get to participate in cultural events, and explore the ship’s 'Visitor Experience Deck'.
The vessel received a grand welcome with band, folk dances and colourful cultural events, in the presence senior officials of DP World UAE region.
Dirk Van Den Bosch, chief commercial officer, DP World UAE region, Mohammed Ali Ahmed, director for Strategy Planning, Human Resources & Institutional Support, and Abdulla Bin Damithan, director Account Management, Container Terminals took part in the welcome ceremony along with Captain Dirk Colenbrander, Master of Logos Hope.
During the exhibition, which will also include a variety of educational and recreational activities, DP World will sponsor a series of community activities in association with the vessel’s crew and employees from DP World’s Head Office and UAE Region.
These include sponsoring a visit to the book fair by 100 orphans and organizing field visits for the ship’s crewmembers to at least three special needs centres in Dubai, said Dirk Van Den Bosch.
“It is our pleasure to welcome the Logos Hope and its precious cargo of knowledge to Dubai and the UAE. DP World is privileged to join hands with the vessel’s operators to promote awareness about the importance of books and reading during this event. We invite the local community to visit the book fair and gain from the experience,” he added.
Logos Hope is operated by GBA Ships, an international, charitable organisation registered in Germany.-TradeArabia News Service