Describe the main features of the measure/initiative:
The UAE Board on Books for Young People’s (UAEBBY) “Guest of Honour” initiative, which began in 2015, seeks to cultivate new relationships with different International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) sections, allow local talent to learn from the experience of international experts, and encourage reading among UAE’s diverse communities. As it is known, the UAE is a multicultural country, and this initiative hopes to embody this sprit. In April of each year, during the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, the UAEBBY hosts a different IBBY section. As a part of their visit they have their own section in the UAEBBY’s stand to display their work and do readings, workshops, and more. The guests include a writer, illustrator, and representative of the IBBY section.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?:
Achieving a healthy flow of artists, writers, and cultural goods. Exposing members of different cultural backgrounds to UAE and exposing UAE’s community to the cultural products of different cultures.