Ibn Al-Haytham book in Arabic now available in the UAE

Published Date: 
28 April 2017

Abu Dhabi, 26 April 2016: 1001 Inventions in partnership with the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS) introduced in the UAE the Arabic version of the Children’s Book “Ibn Al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See” at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF).

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The book, which was originally published by National Geographic Kids and 1001 Inventions in 2016 in the English language, is a tribute to 11th century pioneering Arab scientific thinker Al-Hassan Ibn Al-Haytham, and is part of a global educational campaign launched by 1001 Inventions in partnership with UNESCO in 2015 that has since then engaged with more than 30 million people around the world through its highly engaging components.

The presentation of the book at ADIBF is accompanied by exclusive screenings of the short film 1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham”. The partly-animated highly engaging cinematic experience was the last work of legendary actor Omar Sharif, and comes with a music score composed by internationally-acclaimed artist Sami Yusuf.

Considered by many as the ‘Father of Optics”, Ibn al-Haytham made important contributions to the understanding of vision, optics and light. His methodology of investigation shows certain similarities to what later became known as the modern scientific method. Ibn al-Haytham revolutionised science and his life serves as an inspiration to young people all over the world. He lived during a golden age of discovery and creativity in Muslim Civilisation where men and women of different faiths and cultures achieved breakthroughs that influence our world today.

Through the Ibn Al-Haytham campaign, which comprises in addition to this first-of-its-kind book and the short feature film, of interactive exhibits, engaging science-based workshops and live shows, art gallery and educational materials; 1001 Inventions aims to inspire children and young people and equip them with a mindset that enables them to build a better future.

By presenting this book in the Arabic language, 1001 Inventions and KFAS aspire to encourage young Arab speakers to acquire scientific knowledge in their mother tongue which is a crucial cornerstone in the process of building a scientifically minded generation in the Arab world.

The English language version of the book was introduced in the UAE by 1001 Inventions at ADIBF 2016.

1001 Inventions led tribute events for Ibn Al-Haytham at UNESCO in Paris, United Nations in New York, Royal Society in London with Prince Andrew Duke of York and in more than 10 other cities around the world.

Families can obtain copies of the book, watch the exclusive screening and engage with hands-on activities at the KFAS stand at Abu Dhabi Book Fair (hall 8) until 2 May from 9am to 10pm.

About KFAS

The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) is a private non-profit organization with over 40 years history of supporting the advancement of science and technology in Kuwait. KFAS operations are overseen by a Board of Directors chaired by His Highness, the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. It is financially supported by Kuwaiti private shareholding companies through their generous contributions that currently amount to 1% of their annual net profit.  

KFAS mission is to stimulate, support, and invest in initiatives and human resources that contribute to building a strong science, technology, and innovation culture and to fostering an enabling environment. The initiatives include improving public understanding of science; strengthening innovation and research capacity and enhancing an enabling environment; supporting the gifted and talented; translating knowledge into innovation; and nurturing a solid foundation for a national knowledge-based economy by developing the private sector’s scientific, technological...


About 1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organization that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.

1001 Inventions has engaged with over 300 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibitsshort films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.



The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is a major business initiative of KITAB, a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and the Frankfurt Book Fair. KITAB’s aim is to develop the book and publishing industry and promote reading in Abu Dhabi and the neighbouring Arab Emirates. KITAB will focus on making the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair truly international and developing a long-term networking opportunity between the Arabic and international publishing communities.