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HE the Minister of Culture and Sports Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser al-Ali yesterday announced the details of the book fair, themed “Doha, A City of Knowledge and Conscience.”
The minister said:
“Over 130 years ago, the generation of our forefathers, led by the late Sheikh Jassim bin Mohamed bin Thani, had recognised the importance of books. Despite the difficult circumstances, he and his generation attached particular importance to books, not only to their people in Qatar, but throughout the whole region.”
He pointed out that the Qataris have always been keen to uphold those values established by their predecessors no matter how challenging and difficult they were.
Jassem al-Buainain, director, Doha International Book Fair, noted that the Russians will be the guest of honour of the exhibition in the framework of the cultural year “Qatar-Russia 2018”.
The exhibition, being organised by the Qatar Cultural and Heritage Center of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, is located on an area of 29,000sqm, the largest ever since its inception in 1972. “The number of pavilions reached 975 suites, an increase of 215 suites from last year, while the number of registered books is over 121,900, with special attention to children’s books,” he said.
He said the exhibition would provide a number of services and facilities for visitors, by placing a number of information desks outside and inside the exhibition halls and volunteers under the name “Ask me” to answer queries, in addition to providing cultural cafes and free car parking.
HE the Minister al-Ali announced the start of the renovation of the Qatari Book House in order to be the cultural beacon of the researchers while preserving it as an archaeological building.
The book house is the oldest public library in the Gulf region since its establishment in 1962.
The website of the Doha International Book Fair (https: ///29.dohabookfair.qa/) has also been launched.
It offers a detailed map of participating publishing houses with the possibility of searching the titles of books and identifying the cultural events accompanying the exhibition including lectures, seminars and workshops as well as an application for smart phones through which to identify all information related to the exhibition.
The minister stressed that the vision of the ministry since 2016 has been to support the private sector especially in the field of publishing and the number of Qatari publishing houses have now reached six.
On the book fair coinciding with the examinations in schools and the expected impact on the exhibition as a result of this, the minister expressed the hope that the timing would not affect the number of visitors to the
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