ABU DHABI, 27th October, 2016 (WAM) — The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, FANR, today launched the first ever Federal Reading Club, which is exclusive to federal government employees and aims to foster a culture of reading within the government sector.
The Federal Reading Club will offer federal government employees the opportunity to become members and to enjoy an array of activities that will promote reading and the exchange of ideas, allow them to meet their favourite authors, and discuss the latest books and trends in a comfortable setting. The club will develop a yearly calendar that will be shared with members, and government entities will be given the freedom to host and design the event and invite members to attend it.
The launch of the Reading Club was hosted by the award winning Kuwaiti novelist, Saud Al Sanousi, known for his book ‘The Bamboo Stalk’, and Emirati writer and Director of the Poetry Academy, Sultan Al Ameemi. More than forty representatives of different government entities attended the launch and engaged in a discussion with the authors, which was moderated by the TV presenter, Rafid Al Harthi. After the launch, there was a book signing by the authors where FANR offered free copies to all guests who attended.
This initiative supports the UAE government’s declaration of 2016 as the UAE Year of Reading, which aims to establish an integrated national literacy strategy and a framework to produce a reading generation, and establish the UAE as the capital of cultural and knowledge content.
Salah Al Hashimi, FANR Government Communications’ Director, said, “Literacy is essential to the UAE’s continuing development, and FANR is proud to support the UAE Reading Year by launching this unique initiative to allow federal government employees to engage through the different activities the club will offer them.”