About The Publishing House
Irtiyad al-Afaq is an independent, non-profit Arabic research centre established in 2000 under Al Suwaidi Cultural House in Abu Dhabi. The Centre focuses on geography and travel literature, publishing well-known classic and modern works. The project also offers modern travel texts authored by Arab writers, in addition to translations of accounts of journeys by foreign travellers to the Arab world. The Centre recently began looking into the publication of geographic journeys and studies dedicated to the United Arab Emirates, to bridge a clear gap of knowledge in this important literary field. The institution has also established the Ibn Battuta Geographic Literature Award, which is awarded to the best written, endorsed or translated books in its field.