The Indonesian Embassy in Doha is participating for the first time in the Doha International Book Fair (DIBF), inviting several publishers to present Indonesian literary treasures.
Indonesian Ambassador Ridwan Hassan
Center (DECC), is one of the largest and oldest book-related events in the region and is held annually under the patronage of His Highness Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. This year, DIBF launched “Knowledge is light” as a slogan that reflects the Islamic tradition of reading and learning.
“Books and literature play an important role in our diplomatic relations, especially when it comes to personal contacts, so we are delighted to be a part of this event,” Indonesian Ambassador Ridwan Hassan said in a statement. .
According to the Embassy, there are many manuscripts and books from Indonesia that have yet to be explored by Middle Eastern readers and publishers.
In addition, the Embassy noted that Qatar also possesses many insightful books which could also be of benefit to the Indonesian people in many ways. In this case, the translation of these books would be a bridge of understanding between Qatar and Indonesia.
“As the strong relationship between Indonesia or Nusantara and the countries of the Middle East has lasted for centuries, the books can be windows for both parties to see and understand how deep, rich and diverse our relationship is. “, said the envoy.
The Embassy sent around 100 titles on multiple subjects, literature, religion, politics and children’s books, as well as fiction and non-fiction books and novels for DIBF.
Regarding the nomination of Indonesia as a partner country for the Cultural Year of Qatar in 2023, the Embassy sees it as an opportunity to bring about cultural cooperation between the two countries.
“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”, added Hassan.