Doha: The Indonesian Embassy will participate for the first time ever in the 31st Doha International Book Fair, which will take place January 13-22 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in West Bay.
Indonesian Ambassador HE Ridwan Hassan said: “Books and literature play an important role in our diplomatic relations, especially when it comes to people-to-people contacts. We are therefore delighted to be part of this event.
Further, he added that “books can be windows for both sides to see and understand how deep, rich and diverse our relationship is”, referring to the close ties between his country and the countries of the Middle East. East. Many manuscripts and books from Indonesia that have not yet been explored by Middle Eastern readers and published will be on display during the exhibition.
To showcase Indonesia’s literary treasures, the Embassy invited over a dozen publishers and sent hundreds of titles on multiple topics, ranging from literature, religion, politics, and children’s books, from fiction and non-fiction books to novels.
Ambassador Hassan revealed that the book fair is a prelude to the launch of the Qatar-Indonesia Year of Culture next year, which will take cultural cooperation between Indonesia and Qatar to the next level.
“We are very happy to be the partner country of the Year of Culture 2023. Our participation in this book fair would be a perfect warm-up before the start of the Qatar-Indonesia Cultural Year in 2023”, he explained.
Qatar Museums runs this cultural exchange program aimed at making Qatar known to an international audience.
Through a variety of exhibitions, festivals, competitions and events, the programs promote mutual understanding, recognition and appreciation between countries. Thirty-seven countries will participate in this year’s book fair and a total of 430 publishers and 90 agencies.
It bears the theme “Knowledge is light”, which reflects Islamic tradition, emphasizing learning from the beginning of creation until God’s command to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to read and transform people in tribes and communities so that they can interact. and learn from each other.
The fair will open from 9 a.m. and will continue until 10 p.m. all week, and on Friday, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.