Yesterday, Minister of Culture HE Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al Thani and Italian Ambassador HE Alessandro Prunas presented two Italian books translated into Arabic language during the 31st Doha International Book Fair at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC).
The 31st Doha International Book Fair (DIBF) 2022 is seeing a good influx of visitors as the fair is a special opportunity for book lovers.
This year’s book fair is the largest compared to previous editions in terms of participation from countries and publishing houses as well as the availability of many important and rare books. The show will continue until January 22 at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Center (DECC).
The representatives of the various publishing houses expressed their satisfaction with the level of participation and the dynamics of sales since the average daily sale is around 30 books per kiosk and can increase according to the types of books and the publishing houses. .
The Qatari Forum for Authors launched a number of books on Sunday, including “Qatar-USA: A Half-Century Journey”, co-authored by prominent Qatari scholar, researcher and media personality Dr. Khalid Al Jaber, who is also a former Peninsula Editor-in-Chief and former US Ambassador, HE Patrick Nicholas Theros. The book, published in Washington DC, which contains 10 chapters and 232 pages, recounts the historic growth and development of relations between Qatar and the United States over the past decades.
Dr. Khalid Al Jaber, prominent Qatari scholar, researcher and media personality and co-author of the book Qatar-USA: A Half-Century Journey, at the launch of the book during an event at the Doha International Book Fair.
It refers to a comprehensive review of the various areas of cooperation and partnership in the political, defense, economic, educational, cultural and humanitarian fields between the two friendly countries. The book tells, in the first chapters, the first relations between Qatar and the United States, from the beginning of their formation during the period of 1934 until the launching of the diplomatic mission in Doha in 1972.
One of the important pavilions that received a large number of visitors, especially girls and young people, is the United States Embassy pavilion in the exhibition. It presents many titles including books on history. children’s books and language learning titles are also available.
‘Sons and Soldiers’, ‘Speak Business English Like an American’, ‘English Made Easy’, ‘8 Steps to Paying Less for College’ are some of the books on sale at the American Pavilion. “Watch us at this year’s Doha International Book Fair for a wide selection of novels and books in English! What’s your favorite novel?,” the Embassy tweeted.
“The turnout has been good from opening day until now. Every day we sell 20 to 30 books. We have a collection of children’s stories and games to develop the memory of children aged 15 and under,” said Ahmed, the representative of one of the Syrian pavilions selling children’s books and toys.
Ahmed also said that families place a high priority on children reading and buying books for them and that is a good thing.
Commenting on children’s books at the Fair, he noted, “Perhaps children’s books get more visitors than other books, as I noticed, followed by novels and the like, in addition to religious books. “
For his part, another representative from one of the Egyptian pavilions commented, “The novels are in high demand, and their price starts from QR 60…sales are good so far.”
Turkey’s Ambassador to Qatar, HE Dr. Mustafa Goksu also thanked the Ministry of Culture for organizing this exhibition despite the COVID-19 pandemic. “I congratulate all those who contributed to the success of this exhibition. It brought together all lovers of reading and books in one place.
The current edition of the exhibition is characterized by the wide participation of various state institutions, through the establishment of reading workshops and various cultural events, in addition to the participation of many cultural institutions that work to enrich the intellectual and cultural content of the exhibition, which encompasses all segments of society of different ages and languages.
The exhibition is experiencing a large influx of visitors from the Gulf, Arabs and foreigners.
With the participation of 37 countries and 430 publishing houses, the event is organized by the Ministry of Culture represented by the Qatar Cultural and Heritage Events Center, under the slogan “Knowledge is light”.