The council is working on holding a conference there in 2012, in Abu Dhabi.
The contrast with the opulent Abu Dhabi International Book Fair could not be more marked.
More than a third of the financing comes from Aabar, an investment fund based in Abu Dhabi.
Note: Once the domain of pirates, the area was subdued by the British in 1820. It was a British protectorate from 1892 until the late 1960s.
Note: Oil reserves have been exploited since the early 1960s.