Wednesday 7 December 2011

Doha set to stage mega book fair

Hundreds of publishers and bookshops from some 24 Arab, Asian and Western countries will take part in the 22nd Doha International Book Fair on December 12 to be organised by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage at the Doha Exhibition Centre, it was announced at a press conference on Tuesday.

The fair, being organised by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage under the patronage of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, will be inaugurated by HE the Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kuwari.

In all, some 456 participants from Qatar, Austria, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Turkey, Japan, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Iran, India, the US, Lebanon, Tunisia, Algeria, Kuwait, Bahrain, Morocco, Sweden, Sudan, Syria, the UK and France, will bring latest editions of books published in their respective countries.

Costs of books will range from QR5 - QR500 at the fair.

Apart from books, top writers from the Arab world will share their experiences with participants throughout the event.

Iran is the “owner participant” of the fair this year.

Ministry of Arts secretary general Nasir al-Khalifa, Ministry of Culture secretary general for awards (science, cultures and literature) Saoud al-Ghanim, exhibitions director and national library director Abdakkah al-Ansari and finance department director Jabril al-Humeidi and other senior officials attended the meeting. 

(Source: Gulf Times)

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