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Doha International Book Fair

18 March 2019

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.

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.

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.

Held under the patronage of the Emir of Qatar, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the 29th edition of Doha International Book Fair was held from 29th November 2018 to 8th December 2018 at Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre under the theme 'Doha, A City of Knowledge and Conscience'.

Organized by Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Doha International Book Fair is the largest international book fairs in the region, involving widespread participation from various countries around the world. It is a platform to exchange cultural diversity and a space to inspire dialogue and share knowledge. About 427 publishers from 30 Arab and other countries participated in the 10-day fair in 2018. Out of these, there were 287 Arabic book publishers, 68 children’s book publishers and 17 educational book publishers. A total of 25 publishing houses have installed 791 book stalls.

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
Website: https://29.dohabookfair.qa/en/
Doha exhibition center Tel: +974 4499 7499

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.