Dubai hotel to celebrate the power of books

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Dubai hotel to celebrate the power of books Staff Reporter / 25 March 2014 Some of the world’s top authors will be present at The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis, The Palm, during International Children’s Book Day on April 2. Some of the world’s top authors will be present when Atlantis, The Palm celebrates International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) on April 2 at The Lost Chambers Aquarium. Special guests include Kathryn Cave, award-winning English children’s author of Somewhere Else ; Maitha Al Khayyat, Emirati Children’s author; Rashid Al Kous, General Director of Knowledge Without Border; and Salha Ghabish, author of Dana’s trip . Other activities include face painting, arts and craft, music, storytelling, educational talks and Aquatheatre shows designed to instill the love of reading and ocean conservation. There is an entry ticket for adults priced at Dh100 but free admission for one child (under 11) with each paying adult. Established in 1967, ICBD is celebrated to increase the literacy rate among children. It is managed by the UAE Board of Books for Young People (UAEBBY) and was officially established by Shaikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, UAEBBY Patron. Shaikha Bodour said: “The power of books to open doorways to understanding can never be overstated, which is why every child must have the right to become a reader. International Children’s Book Day is a wonderful opportunity to not only raise awareness within the broader community of the importance of fostering a culture of reading, but also to engage with children in a fun and interactive way that encourages their love for books and reading.” The team at The Lost Chambers Aquarium seeks to make the world a better place, by stimulating the minds of children and educating them about the world and its oceans. In the aquarium, children can explore, touch tanks filled with starfish and pencil urchins, horseshoe crabs, and sea spiders. They can touch, feel and interact with sea life. Special exhibits are dedicated to different sea creatures, such as the delicate Moon Jellyfish, busy lobster and glittery anchovies — each fascinating to watch and with a story to tell. They can explore The Lost Chambers Aquarium on their own or choose to interact with a ‘Marine Educator’, who shares educational facts. “Childhood is the ideal time to educate children about environmental issues and to broaden their understanding of the world. Being able to read is imperative in helping broaden these horizons,” says Natasha Christie, Director of The Lost Chambers Aquarium. For more news from Khaleej Times, follow us on Facebook at , and on Twitter at @khaleejtimes Continue reading →

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