The 31st Doha International Book Fair kicks off on Thursday

Doha: With the participation of 37 countries, the 31st Doha International Book Fair 2022 will begin Thursday January 13 at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Center (DECC).

Organized by the Ministry of Culture represented by the Qatar Cultural and Heritage Events Center, under the slogan “Knowledge is light”, the book fair will continue until January 22. The fair will open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the week, except Friday when it will be open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

No less than 37 countries will participate in the book fair. The number of direct publishers has reached 430, while the number of agencies is 90.

The book fair will present the human journey of exploration and learning. The exhibition will present the most recent and recent publications which reflect the creative and thoughtful knowledge of man in all fields.

Doha International Book Fair Director Jassim Albuenain said the 31st Doha International Book Fair comes amid great expectation from readers and intellectuals alike as the fair covers all segments of society of different ages and languages.

Albuenain, who is also director of the library department at the Ministry of Culture, said it was the first such book fair to be held in Qatar, as well as at the GCC level, stressing that it was is an excellent indication that Qatar has a long history of culture, and that it is continuing its attempt to disseminate culture and knowledge.

Albuenain said that the United States of America will be the guest of honor at the next edition of the fair, as part of the Qatar-United States Year of Culture 2021, demonstrating culture and intellectual productions American.

He added that state institutions will participate widely in a partnership with them, through the establishment of reading workshops and various cultural events.

Albuenain said the Culture Ministry provides support and facilities to publishing houses participating in the exhibition, such as customs clearance and agency fee waivers. These facilities aim to support publishers in the dissemination of culture and exposure and in the development of the publishing industry.

He said that Qatari publishing houses such as Dar Al Thaqafah Printing Press, Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press, Katara Publishing House, Qatar University Press, Rosa Publishing House, Zakrit Publishing House, Dar Al Watad for Publishing and Distribution, Dar Al Sharq Printing, Publishing and Distribution, Nabja House for Publishing and Distribution and Nawa Publishing House will have distinguished participation in the book fair.

The Ministry of Culture has supported publishing houses by exempting them from the financial cost of renting pavilions and the cost of services provided by exhibition halls.

Regarding the participation of the CCG and Arab countries, the official confirmed the participation of the General Secretariat of the CCG, the Ministry of Heritage and Culture of Oman and the Sharjah Book Authority, in addition to the participation of the ministries of culture of the Kingdom of Morocco. , Algeria, Sudan and Egypt represented by the Egyptian General Book Organization and the Egyptian National Library.

He said that each edition of the book fair presents new things to attract publishers and visitors internationally. Albuenain said that US publishing houses will participate in the fair for the first time and that the Italian Embassy in Doha will participate with a special pavilion showcasing children’s books and setting up special activities for them, in addition the participation of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the most important children’s book fair in the world.

He added that there will be an active participation of the embassies of Palestine, Syria, Japan, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia and Russia, as well as the participation of the Republic of Azerbaijan represented by the Ministry of Culture.

In accordance with the precautionary measures and in application of the protocol of the Ministry of Public Health, the director of the corporate communication department of the Qatar Center for Cultural and Heritage Events at the Ministry of Culture Maha Mubarak Al Mohannadi stated that all the measures precautionary and preventive measures will be implemented to ensure the safety and health of visitors and exhibitors.

She said entry and exit procedures for visitors will be monitored to allow visitors up to 30 percent of the book fair’s capacity.

Maha added that health precautionary measures must be observed according to the standards of the Ministry of Public Health, such as wearing masks, maintaining a correct spacing distance (one meter between each person and disinfecting the hands). ).

She said entry will be by pre-registering visitors via an electronic link, and that visitation of the exhibit will be limited to those vaccinated, including children 12 years and older, who have completed 14 days after having taken the second dose or recovered from COVID-19 for a period of at least 12 months. It is also mandatory for all visitors to show the Ehteraz app.

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