Organizers of Qatar’s 25th international book fair have promised an “unprecedented” range of offerings when the event kicks off on Wednesday, Jan. 7.
The venue will be the Qatar National Convention Center near Qatar Foundation (the location is incorrectly stated on the official website in English).
To commemorate the fair’s “Silver Jubilee,” several additional events have been added to the regular lineup, including an art exhibition, a play, cultural activities and special activities for children, Hukoomi states.
The government portal added that the Doha Cultural Festival will also be held at the same time, an event that was apparently last organized in 2009.
During that festival, several music, poetry, theater and dance events are usually held to promote the culture and heritage of Qatar.
Each year, publishers from more than two dozen countries flock to the book fair, setting up displays of tens of thousands of titles in various languages.
While Arabic book remain among the most popular items available, the number of English titles has been growing in recent years.
It is not clear if this year’s book fair will feature an international theme. Last year, the UK was the “guest of honor” as part of the country’s year of culture tie-up with Qatar.
UPDATE: The Peninsula reports that Brazil will be this year’s guest of honor.
The book fair goes until Jan. 17.
From Saturdays to Thursdays, it will be open from 9am to 1pm and from 4pm to 10pm. On Fridays, it will be open from 4pm to 10pm.
Do you plan to check it out? Thoughts?