The Kalima translation project is part of the National Library Programme Management Department of Department Of Culture And Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).


It seeks to establish a strong relationship based on trust and understanding with international authors and publishing houses. Therefore, and as a reflection of the UAE vision concerning the respect of intellectual property rights, we are obliged to obtain the translation and publishing rights of recently published books from foreign publishing houses that own the intellectual property rights of these books.


Kalima participates in international book fairs and sends a representative to work at DCT Abu Dhabi’s pavilion and meet with literary agents and publishers. Additionally, this representative corresponds with publishers to request translation rights for the titles approved by the Kalima project for translation, as well as concluding the publishing agreements, including the items that grant Kalima and DCT Abu Dhabi the rights to translate and publish the approved titles.