Posted on January 09, 2015

Celebrating its Silver Jubilee, the 25th Doha International Book Fair (DIBF) opened its doors to the public at the Qatar National Convention Centre on Wednesday, said Qatar Tribune. A host of literary-oriented events and activities along with a 'hundred thousand titles' are on display at the fair.

The fair was inaugurated by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs HE Ahmed bin Abdullah al Mahmoud and Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage HE Dr Hamad bin Abdul Aziz al Kuwari in the presence of a number of officials, VIP guests and diplomats, who accompanied the Deputy PM on a tour of the book fair. The fair is hosting more than 500 publishers from nearly 30 different countries, more than 80 of which are participating for the first time, this year. Collectively, the fair will feature more than 109,000 books at its display stalls, with around 97,000 titles in Arabic and close to 11,500 titles in English and other languages. 

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Alongside Qatar and the GCC nations, exhibiting countries include Germany, the US, the UK, Turkey, Jordan, Sweden, France, South Korea, Malaysia, Austria, Holland, Japan, India, Iran, Tunisia, Algeria, Syria, Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt. As part of the Qatar-Brazil Year of Culture, Brazil is the guest of honour at the 25th edition of the fair. Promising to be unprecedented in many respects, the fair will host a number of forums and activities throughout its duration that mainly focus on Arab culture, in addition to the Doha Cultural Festival, which will be held on the fair's sidelines, for the first time since 2009. 

The accompanying events include an art exhibition, a play titled 'Saqr Quraish' held at the QNCC theatre at 8pm, a poetry evening by Ahmed al Shahawi, seminars and workshops as well as a range of activities designed exclusively for children. More than a dozen forums and seminars will be the highlight of the book fair's 25th edition, including Youssef Thanoon's کHistory of Arabic calligraphy' on January 11, Ahmed Abu Dahman's 'Literature and bridging nations' on January 15 and Dr Aisha al Mannai's 'Qatar's efforts in cultural dialogue' on January 17.

On January 12, a forum conducted by Dr Khaled Azab, Dr Sherrif Shahin and Ahmed Rashad will shed light on the on-going fight for supremacy between print and electronic media and the debatable 'demise of the library'. Running till January 17, the fair is open to visitors from 9am to 1pm and from 4pm to 10pm everyday, except for Fridays, during which visitors are welcome between 4pm and 10pm.