Culture and Co, the French bookstore of the Emirates, opened its new showroom in Oud Metha, yesterday, with a thought to the Haitian people.
‘The initiative has come from the AILF – the International French Bookstore Association. They have requested the backing of all their members to support the French Bookstores in Haiti, which have been destroyed by the recent earthquake’ Renata Sader, Culture and Co owner declared.
‘The French speaking community worldwide has decided to help support the reconstruction of the French bookstores in Port-au-Prince, thus putting forward one of the basic principles of the French speaking cultural lifestyle: solidarity’ she added.
‘With the support of all the French speaking communities in the UAE, we have raised funds on this opening day of our new showroom that will help aid the rebuilding of the French Bookstores in Haiti.’
The opening ceremony was attended by the French Council General in the UAE, Mrs. Nada Yafi as well as representatives from French speaking diplomatic and cultural representations in the country.
With its new location in Oud Metha, in the vicinity of the French schools and French Alliances, Culture & Co aims to encourage book lovers and its supporters to visit regularly, with ease of access.
Within its 200 square meters, the bookstore offers a wide variety of educational, curriculum, historical and entertaining French books. This broad selection provides all levels of reading whether for learning purposes, leisure or lifestyle.
Parents will also be able to order specific books for their school children as well as educational material for people wanting to learn French. Orders may also be placed for any specific requirements that are not found in store.
‘We sent out special invitations to all our friends, partners and clients to celebrate the opening of our new bookstore and contribute to the support we are offering to the Haitian French bookstores’ Sader concluded.
Culture & Co – is the first French bookstore in the UAE, and the only French bookstore in the GCC. Opened in Dubai in April 2006, it caters for the cultural and educational needs of all the French speaking communities in the UAE, with 2 bookstores in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It’s aim is to promote the French culture in the region and offers an array of various books and novels for all tastes and ages – including educational multimedia material – , as well as educational material for schools and cultural centres in the GCC.
Culture & Co, Al Nasr Plaza, Oud Metha, PO Box 502104, Dubai