Arab Writers Union applauds UAE’s new reading law

ABU DHABI, 31st October, 2016 (WAM)– The Arab Writers Union has welcomed a new law on reading issued on Monday by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as another step towards achieving the country’s vision for a knowledge-based economy and human development.

The new National Law on Reading in the UAE, which sets legislative frameworks, executive programmes and specific government responsibilities to establish the value of reading, further reflects how human resources are prioritised as the centre of comprehensive development in the UAE, the pan-Arab union’s Secretary-General, Habib Al Sayegh, noted in a statement.

“The law is especially important when viewed within the context of similar initiatives, including H.H. Sheikh Khalifa’s declaration of 2016 the Year of Reading, the launch of a UAE National Strategy for Reading, and others,” Al Sayegh, who is also Chairman of the Emirates Writers Union, added.

The secretariat-general of the union will disseminate the reading law as a reference document, he said, and urged other members of the union to follow suit and enact similar legislation on reading and culture.

“Culture is, after all, one way to change in order to counter challenges awaiting future Arab generations,” Al Sayegh said.