Umm Al-Qura University participated with other Saudi governmental authorities in the pavilion of the Cultural Attaché in the UAE at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. It was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.
The Umm Al-Qura University pavilion was visited by his Excellency the Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to the UAE, Mr. Turki Al-Dakheel, who was accompanied by the Saudi Cultural Attaché, Dr. Rashid Al-Ghayyad. A number of visitors from the private and governmental universities and authorities also visited the pavilion. They were received by the head of the UQU delegation, the Vice Dean of Scientific Research for Research Volunteering and Voluntary Research, Dr. Sumayyah Sharf. The ambassador was presented with a series of university publications, including a copy of the atlas of Makkah which was entitled “Makkah from the Sky, Past and Present”, and several publications of the scientific chairs and journals.
Ambassador Al-Dakheel praised what he saw in the university's pavilion, which showcased its heritage and esteemed scientific production. The delegation thanked the Vice President for Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research, Dr. Thamir Al-Harbi, for his keenness to support the cultural presentation of the university in the local and international cultural forums. He also extended his thanks to His Excellency Dr. Abdullah bin Omar Bafail, the UQU President, for supporting and enhancing the university's efforts in serving society, culture and knowledge.
It is worth mentioning that Abu Dhabi International Book Fair aims to provide an integrated and distinguished cultural, professional, entertainment and educational program in cooperation with various international organizations. Approximately 25 Saudi organizations participated in the cultural attaché pavilion.