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For over 50 years, Dar El Ilm Group has been recognized for publishing some of the most respected and well-known works in a wide range of literary, educational and professional fields.

Founded in 1945, The Dar El Ilm Group of Companies started as a publishing house and was a leader in providing modern print, translation and editorial services, for all kinds of publications.

Dar El Ilm Group is now a holding company that owns shares and manages many companies that specialize in publishing, wholesale, distribution and retailing of books."


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Dar El Ilm Lilmalayin is the oldest and largest leading privately owned publishing and distribution house of Arabic books and educational materials in the Arab world. It is also the first and major Arabic electronic multimedia producer company in the Arab world.

Since its inception in 1945, Dar El Ilm Lilmalayin's aspiration was to develop the book in all its aspects to levels not previously attained in this market. Intellectual property rights were a major concern from the start, and Dar El Ilm Lilmalayin played a significant role in fighting piracy throughout the Arab world. It is a dedicated publishing house, which owns its own printing presses, and whose employees are more than a hundred well trained and experienced people.

Dar El Ilm Lilmalayin distributes, annually, more than four million books in different subjects: dictionaries, encyclopedias, cookbooks, business linguistics,school books, literature, medicine, philosophy, religion and children's books, etc.

In 1993, Dar El Ilm Lilmalayin established a sister company for the import and distribution of English books to the K-12 school market. In 1998, it became a major shareholder in a bookshop chain that will expand and open new bookshops in different locations in major cities of Lebanon and the Arab world.



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In 2000, Dar El Ilm Lilmalayin published 55 new titles, bringing the overall number of its publications to over 2100 titles.

Several of Dar El Ilm Lilmalayin's books have become record-breaking best sellers. These include: "Al Mawrid English-Arabic dictionary", and "Al Mawrid Arabic-English dictionary", both universally acknowledged and considered as the most popular and authoritative Arabic bilingual dictionaries; and "Alif Baa El Tabkh", and "Halwayat El Alam Fi Baytik", the most popular Arabic cookery books in the world.

Dar El Ilm Lilmalayin is also a leading participant in Arab and international bookfairs. In 2000, it participated in 41 bookfairs in 15 countries. Its inventory of Awards of Excellence in these fairs is unrivaled.



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Since 1990, Dar El Ilm Lilmalayin has been a pioneer in electronic publishing technologies, including computer software, CD-Rom, and online services.

It published the first best selling Arabic electronic book (Al Mawrid dictionary). Furthermore, it is the first publishing house to set up a Web site on the Internet in 1994. In 1998, it helped produce an electronic handheld Arabic Dictionary with Franklin.

Dar El Ilm Lilmalayin has made several contracts with European and American publishers to acquire translation rights, and published first-rate Arabic editions of a large number of titles.




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