First Published: 2011-01-31


Floating book fair with over 7000 titles comes to Abu Dhabi


ADACH hosts Logos Hope ship’s visit to Abu Dhabi next month to promote cultural dialogue, exchange through reading.


Middle East Online

ABU DHABI – The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) is hosting the M V Logos Hope ship visit to Abu Dhabi from February 7 to 19, 2011.

The event comes in line with ADACH aims to spread the great values of tolerance, cultural dialogue and exchange through reading.

Logos Hope was constructed in 1973 and first named Gustav Vasa. Originally built as a passenger car ferry, the vessel sailed North Atlantic routes. In 1983, the ship changed hands to the Smyril Line, was renamed Norröna and sailed between the Faroe Islands and Denmark. By 2004 GBA Ships e.V. (previously Good Books for All) had raised sufficient funds to acquire the vessel and she underwent extensive renovations for her new role. The word Logos is Greek, traditionally meaning ‘word, thought, principle or speech’.

GBA Ships e.V. is a non-profit organisation based in Germany which operates ships that sail around the world to bring knowledge, help and hope. Since 1970 those ships, known for their floating book fairs, have made over 1,400 port visits in 162 countries and territories and welcomed over 40 million visitors on board.

The Logos Hope crew and staff consist of up to 400 volunteers from around 50 different nations.

The flouting Book Fair will include many activities that reflect Emirati authentic heritage and traditions. Folk dance groups will perform Ayalla, the popular traditional dance in UAE. Visitors will be welcomed with traditional Arabic coffee and dates. School visits will organise activities on the ship in the persons of Hamdoon the cartoon character.

ADACH will organise a tour for the ship crew to Abu Dhabi’s landmarks such as Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Zayed Al Adil Center, Zayed Museum and Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain, Yass Island and a desert safari trip.

Over 40 million visitors have passed through the onboard book fairs since the ships began sailing in 1970, a figure equivalent to roughly one in every 170 of the world’s total population. Visitors to Logos Hope are offered a selection of about 7,000 titles for all the family across a wide range of categories, including science, sports, hobbies, cookery, the arts, economics, medicine, dictionaries, languages and philosophy.

Publishers often donate books that have been removed from circulation in first-world countries after new editions have been released. This allows Logos Hope to offer books at a fraction of their original cost to people in developing countries.

For each port visit, every effort is made to ensure that local language materials are available. These supplement the large selection of English books offered to visitors in every destination Logos Hope visits.

Apart from book sales, Logos Hope also extends literary aid to people in developing countries. Textbooks and reference volumes have been donated to individuals, schools, libraries, community groups, colleges and universities.


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