Emirates Publishers Emergency Fund

Emirates Publishers Emergency Fund

The idea of creating an Emergency fund for the Emirati publishers stems from an initiative by Bodour Al Qasimi, the former President of the Emirates Publishers Association, with the aim of supporting and financing workers in the publishing industry in the country affected by the Corona Virus (Covid-19). The creative and cultural industry is a significant part of the country's economy and its role is growing remarkably, which requires its support through developing the capabilities of the cadres working in this field and qualifying them in a distinctive way.

This initiative will be implemented by the Emirates Publishers Association. Since its establishment, the EPA is dedicated to serving and developing the publishing industry in the United Arab Emirates and to advancing the role of Emirati publishers through training and mentorship programs and by improving publishing-related conditions and laws. EPA also aims to represent Emirati publishers at regional and international events, exhibitions and seminars on publishing.

EPA works to disseminate the UAE’s intellectual output throughout the Arab world and worldwide. It focuses particularly on translations from and into Arabic, and the protection of intellectual property and related rights.


Supporting workforces in the publishing industry and enhancing the importance of the local publishing houses in the social, cultural and economic development of the United Arab Emirates



Supporting the publishing Industry in the United Arab Emirates


Reducing the financial burden faced by Emirati publishers


Provide assistance towards the continuity of work


Enhance the contribution of the publishing industry to the cultural, social and economic development

Financial Support

Criteria for submitting an application

  • Must be an active member of the Emirates Publishers Association from 2018 till 1st June, 2020

  • Working in the following sectors: publishing, printing and distribution

  • Only one publishing house will be funded if the owner owns multiple publishing house

  • The publishing house didn’t received any kind of support since the beginning of the year 2020

  • Having a valid commercial license from the Economic Development Departments or free zones in the country

  • Having a valid media license from the National Media Council

Evaluation Criteria

  • The size of loss incurred as a result of cancellation of contracts or Book Fairs or cultural activities between the months of February to June 2020.

  • The efforts made and decisions taken so far by the publishing house to sustain the business and continuity of work.

  • The publishing house has not terminated the contracts of any employees of the company since the beginning of the year 2020.

Requirements and Evidence

  • A copy of the work permit.

  • A copy of the Emirates ID.

  • A copy of the passport with UAE residency visa.

  • Official bank statements for the last 6 months (within the UAE).

  • Efforts made to sustain publishing and liquidity of selling of the publishing house since the beginning of the year 2020.

  • Copies of canceled contracts / business / agreements that affected the loss of income since the beginning of March 2020.

  • Copies of financial commitment contracts (such as employee salaries, rent payments, telecom bills, or water and electricity bills) since the beginning of March 2020.

  • Signing a pledge that the data and information provided are correct.

Documents required to assist in paying the rent

  • Provide a file with detailed explanation of the case, to be signed by the applicant in person, and providing all contact information

  • A copy of an office lease contract or anything that indicates the address (such as the electricity bill)

  • A statement from the property owner of the amount due from the publisher (copies of cheques or letter approved by the lessor and his phone number


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