Doha Holds 29th International Book Fair from Nov 29 to Dec 8

From November 29 to December 8, Doha will host its 29th International Book Fair, with the theme, “Doha, a City of Knowledge and Conscience.” This event is organized by the country’s Ministry of Culture and Sports, specifically the Qatar Cultural and Heritage Center, and will have Russia as the guest of honor, in lieu of the Qatar-Russia 2018 Year of Culture.

With this event, Doha hopes to spread awareness regarding the importance of sharing knowledge and culture. The Doha International Book Fair emphasizes the importance of celebrating one’s culture and learning more about other cultures, as well.

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What to Expect in Doha’s International Book Fair

Here’s what you can expect from the 29th Doha International Book Fair.

1. Doha International Book Fair Website

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Screenshot of Doha Book Fair Website

If you would like to know more about this event, there is a website you can access. It has a detailed map showing the various publishing houses participating in this event. Through this website, you can also browse for the books that are available in the fair. The website also provides information about the different lectures, workshops, and seminars that will take place.

2. More than 400 Publishers

The Doha International Book Fair will be joined by 427 publishing houses coming from 30 countries. The event, backed by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, will be held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), which is close to the City Center Mall. The event’s main director is Jassem Al Buainain.

During the previous book fair, there were 355 participating publishing houses. This year, there are also more fair stands, 975 to be exact. Last year, there were only 760 stands.

3. Russia – Guest of Honor

According to Al Buainain, during this International Book Fair, visitors will learn more about the culture of Russia, and read more about Russian literature. There will be a presentation that will showcase the best publishers from the country. Classical Russian literature, culture, and art will also be presented.

4. Book Fair Schedule

The Doha International Book Fair will start on November 29 and end on December 8, 2018. It will be open from 9 am to 9 pm, except during Fridays, when it opens from 4 pm to 10 pm. On Thursdays, the fair will be open from 9 pm to 10 pm. Some of the amenities during the event include QNB ATMs and bank branches, retail and F&B, digital information kiosks, free Wi-fi, facilities for persons with special needs, and more.

While you’re in Qatar enjoying the Book Fair, it’s also worth noting that the weather can be harsh. Here are some great tips for taking care of your skin while in Qatar.