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Doha International Book Fair

Wherever the visitors go in Doha they can take notice of “Qatar national vision 2030.” The country is organizing itself for the transfer from a carbon-based economy to a knowledge based economy. Literacy is already 97%, but Qatar government plans for 100%. Doha International Book Fair of the current year will be organized during this period of witnessing many changes at the national and regional level.

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Therefore, every year Doha book fair includes new titles reflecting hopes, visions and preparations for the future and self development. Besides, writers, artists and intellectuals visit this cultural event with great passion to discuss the works of the Arab artists, authors and poets.

Every year the book fair is getting bigger and better under direct sponsorship from the Emir of Qatar. In 2012, nearly 419 publishing houses from 27 countries took part in the event and this increased to 29 countries in 2013 featuring 22,000 books.

December is the time to get the must-read list together this year for the book worms and head down to the Doha International Book Fair to get some top new picks to read over the holiday season. Meanwhile, the 24th annual fair took place at the Doha International Exhibition Centre from Wednesday 4 December to Saturday 14 December 2013. Last year fair featured a special British theme in celebration of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture, bringing over 400 titles from seven leading publishers and side events centered on a UK pavilion which also included British book exhibition, film screenings and author panels.

How to Go?

The international book fair is organized at Qatar International Exhibition Center in the West Bay Lagoon (near Intercontinental Hotel).

Doha International Book Fair

Area: 10.000 square meters
Days Open: 11
Fees for Participation: 150 USD per square meter, No fee at the entrance
Organizer: Department of Public Libraries - National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage
Address: P.O. Box 205 Doha Qatar
E-mail: qanaly@qatar.net.qa
Doha exhibition center Tel: +974 4499 7499

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