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5 Things You Can’t Miss at the Doha International Book Fair-Doha News

The 31st edition of the annual book fair is held in the capital of Qatar, with 335 publishers in booths boasting local and international culture.

The Doha International Book Fair kicked off on January 13th at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, hosting 335 publishers and prominent Qatar organizations from around the world to celebrate reading, art and culture. The 10-day event includes daily seminars and lectures, as well as art and writing workshops.

Qatar reading
Qatar Reed features an interactive booth that blends both writing and art. Some artists were invited to pick their favorite citations from famous books and turn them into corresponding artwork.

At the booth, we encourage visitors to ask “Why read”, write down the value gained from reading, and then post the answer on the board. Visitors can also enroll in Qatar’s reading program or create new reading packages.

US Embassy to Qatar
One of the more eye-catching booths belongs to the US Embassy. The booth will guide visitors through a walkway to a space-themed room with stars and astronauts, displaying the book fair slogan “Knowledge is Light.”

US Embassy booth at Doha International Book Fair

The booth sells over 7,000 books, both fiction and non-fiction for children and young people. This is part of the cultural year of Qatar and the United States, and there is cooperation between the two countries in cultural exchange.

Qatar Museums
The Qatar Museums offers a variety of publications related to Qatar’s history and culture, as well as Islamic art, archeology and Orientalism. Some of the titles are related to the current exhibits of the Qatar Museums, such as Dior and Jeff Koons.

Artist workshops will also be held at the booth, where participants will have the opportunity to create their own artwork while talking to artists about their work and techniques.

Embassy
Several embassies contribute to the literary diversity of the fair. The Russian, Philippine and Japanese embassies are just a few of the booths where you can buy books from each country and learn about their culture.

For example, the Korean Embassy shows how to make Ddakji, a popular origami flipping game on the Netflix show “Squid Game.” In addition, 31 countries are represented by several publishers attending the trade fair, allowing you to choose from a wide range of books.

Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU)
The HBKU Press booth is a great starting point for finding local publications. It features a variety of new books in both Arabic and English, produced over a two-year period.

You will also have the opportunity to attend the author’s signature, recent signature feature writers such as Matthias Krug (a girl who dreamed of climbing Mount Everest) and Dr. Reem al-Ansari (what you need to know about white-collar crimes). We have a lot.

HBKU stalls at Doha International Book Fair

The Doha International Book Fair was launched in 1972 and has since become one of the largest and oldest book fairs in the region.

Held annually, it hosts publishers around the world, with the first edition starting at around 20 units and by 2022 335 units from 31 countries. Book fairs regularly select the country as the “Guest of Honor”. France holds the title this year.


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