Official language



AED د.إ - Emirati Dirham


Abu Dhabi

Time Zone

UTC+04:00 (UAE) Standard Time

Dialling Code


Area (sq. miles)



$647.650 bn

Important Ministries

Ministry of Education UAE develop the UAE’s education system and set guidelines for schools.

National Media Council (NMC) is a federal institution of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that promotes and supports all media-related initiatives and activities in the UAE and abroad. They are “always keen on providing continuous support to professionals in the Emirati publishing sector and offering them facilities and services that allow them the opportunity to expose [the country’s literary output] to book markets in the world, so as to enable them to strengthen their presence and publish their publications at exhibitions in the UAE, the region, and the world.” (NMC for Publishing Perspectives, 2019)

VAT on Books


Fixed Book Price Systems


Trade Associations

Emirates Publishers Association

Children’s Book Association

Emirates Library Association

Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) was launched in 2014, by Emiri decree by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. SBA’s mandate includes enhancing investment in creative industries, building a platform for culture and knowledge exchange between people of the world, highlighting the importance of books in today’s multimedia world, and supporting the children’s book industry.

UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that promotes a reading culture among children and young people.


Estimated value of the UAE book market is around 1 billion AED (approx. £208 million).
Literacy rate: 93%

Annual Book Fairs

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair held over 7 days in April/May
Sharjah International Book Fair held over 11 days in October/November
Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival held over 11 days in April
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature held over 9 days in March

Translations Programmes

Sharjah International Book Fair set up a grant fund to promote the translation of Arabic text in the region as well as the world

Useful Contacts

British Council

Email: information@ae.britishcouncil.org
Tel: +971 427 50451

Department for International Trade

Email: dit.uae@fco.gov.uk

Sunita Mirchandani, Education
Email: mirchandani@fco.gov.uk

Ranjana Abraham, Creative Industries Lead Adviser
Email: abraham@fco.gov.uk


Al Ajwad Paper trading EST
Al Madina Al Arabeya Bookshop
Al Safa Bookshop
Aventus Global Trading
Book Land Bookshop
The Book Worm Bookshop
Dar Ussalam International Islamic Bookshop
Jashanmal Books
Storytel Arabia
University Book Shop, Abu Dhabi
Virgin Megastore
Jamalon is the largest online bookseller in the Middle East.


Al Hudhud Publishing and Distribution
Al Qari Al Arabi for Publishing & Distribution Center
AlBorj Media Publishing & Distribution
Dar Rabie Publishing
Fusion House
Kids and Teachers
Medad Publishing & Distribution
Motivate Books
Sader Legal Publishing


Directory of UAE Distributors (Dar Al Sharouk)
Dar Al Hikma Printing, Publishing & Distribution
Dubai Library Distributors
Explorer Publishing & Distribution
International Publishing Services
Jarir Distribution Bookshop
Qindeel Printing Publishing and Distribution
Sail Publishing
Zajel Publishing & Distribution