Reading is a human act that expresses a moral development of
high value. This is because unique and productive minds are those that read and
are open. Hence, we cannot talk about an achievement or a production without
going through the reading station that our wise leadership sought to keep pace
with the UAE’s achievements in all fields and tracks. Our society has always
been in the lead in adopting civilized practices that express its essence, originality
and advancement. With this in mind, reading is one aspect of tolerance, which
our leadership has set aside a dedicated year for us to celebrate and live with
in thought and practice.
To read means that you are in the circle of competition and development;
reading alone can explore the depths of your knowledge and answer your
questions and queries in various domains. A book opens countless worlds and
various knowledge paths that you begin to command once you turn over the first
page of a book to move to the next. This is because knowledge is cumulative and
connected and above all an exercise and a practice of patience to explore the
truth, science and light from the lantern of knowledge embodied in books,
irrespective of their kinds and trends.
Exercise not only simulates our bodies but also supplies
them with the energy necessary for us to carry out our duties and protects us from
many diseases. This also applies to reading; it is the sport of the brain
because it provides it with the knowledge it needs, thereby expanding man’s scope
of thinking and other prospects that will remain unexplored if man has not set
out for knowledge, research and posing questions. The light of the word
‘Proclaim’ (or read) mentioned in the Holy Quran came to illuminate the paths and
dispel the darkness.
UAE reads, UAE leads with you and for you. The invitation to
reading is always open and will continue as long as this world exists. However,
we celebrate the Month of Reading every year to reiterate our commitment and
adjust our compass towards books, which can take us to spaces and worlds that all
modern means of transport fail to do. Books embark us through the past and
present times through the magic word of ‘read’.
HE Marwan Al Sawaleh
Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education for Academic