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Speaking of Books and Doha: Doha Book Fair Opens

Doha International Book Fair opens
Web posted at: 12/31/2009 1:50:32
Source ::: The Peninsula /
By Nasser al Harthy

The Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, opening the 20th Doha International Book Fair yesterday.

DOHA: The 20th Doha International Book Fair with France as the Guest of Honour was opened yesterday by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari.

Some 420 publishers from 24 countries are taking part in the exhibition, which the minister said, was much larger than previous editions of the fair.

“Book fairs in Qatar are always special and these are occasions we take care of every year,” Al Kuwari told reporters during the the opening.

“We wish that every event becomes better than what it was the year before. We have the participation of more publishers — either Arabic or foreign — and for the first time France is taking part in a big way.”

The minister also expressed his appreciation for the participation of publishers from all Arab countries and invited participants and visitors to take part in events on the sideline of the fair, especially seminars related to French and Arab cultures.

Al Kuwari added that he will address a news conference on Monday to talk about events which are going to be organised as part of ‘Doha, the Capital of Arab Culture 2010’ events.

France has brought in eight publishing houses in a massive 240 square meters pavilion, just near the entrance of the exhibition centre.

Actes Sud, a major French publishing house which has the copyright and translates the works of Arab authors into French is one of major participants at the book fair.

Some of prominent French publishers like Albin Michel, La Martiniere, Editions du Louvre, Connaissance des Arts and Dargaud are featuring over 2,000 French comics, magazines, novels and classic authors’ books.

December 31, 2009 - Posted by | Books, Doha, ExPat Life, Living Conditions


  1. wow! that sounds good! Theres such a dearth of such events around here. Hope it catches on…and sort of becomes a regular thing. People / children badly need to be acclimatised, or rather led by hand and led into this awesome world of books/reading…sigh…a long road indeed as of now! 🙂
    Thanks for the wishes, and wishing you the same too, and it indeed seems to have started on a right ‘bookish’ note!!(in qtr) 🙂

    Comment by onlooker | December 31, 2009 | Reply

  2. Onlooker, I am SURE there is a Kuwait book fair, it also seems to be that there has been a lot of controversy about censorhip of all the books during the book fair, and that some books arrive and never see the light of day. I believe Virgin also had problems with censors arriving in the store and shutting things down because they objected to different books.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 31, 2009 | Reply

  3. Same as previous years no changes , thousands of islamic religious books, and two to three corners for the english books , no Accounting books at all.

    Comment by SAUD | January 1, 2010 | Reply

  4. Any children’s books, Saud? We were hoping to go today or tomorrow, but it doesn’t sound like there is much of interest to us. . .

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 1, 2010 | Reply

    • a few of it in english but not worthy

      Comment by SAUD | January 1, 2010 | Reply

  5. Thanks, Saud, if it’s that bad, we’ll give it a miss. 😦

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 2, 2010 | Reply

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