The Ministry of Culture and Sports announces that it has decided to hold the 30th edition of Doha International Book Fair (DIBF) from 9 to 18 January, 2020.
The new edition of (DIBF) will be held under the supervision and organisation of the Qatar Center for Cultural and Heritage Events. The center is keen to utilize all its potentials to ensure the success and excellence of the upcoming edition of the exhibition, which coincides with the completion of its third decades.
The change of the date of DIBF has come following a comprehensive review of events in the country and their schedules. This is to avoid clashes between these events, in particular with the celebrations of National Day, December 18, and World Cup which will be host by Qatar in December 2022, as well as the timing of exams in public and private schools.
The new date will coincide with the launch of the cultural year Qatar-France 2020, which will give a greater chance for a significant presence of French participants in the fair and its diverse cultural presence.
In addition, the Ministry of Culture and Sports decided to allow the various sectors of society, especially those interested in reading and obtaining knowledge, to visit the book fair which is also an annual forum for writers, publishers and distributors and their customers of intellectuals, students and friends of books from all walks of life.
The exhibition will last for 10 days, same as the previous versions, to give exhibitors a great opportunity to experience a distinctive cultural experience and to allow publishers to showcase their diverse publications, especially new ones.
The Doha International Book Fair is one of the most important platforms of direct communication between authors, publishers, and intellectuals for learning about what is new in the field of knowledge industry, as well as reflecting the state of the cultural landscape in the country.
The (DIBF) is one of the largest international book fairs in the region and enjoys great prestige witnessing public turnout from Arab and foreign countries. The number of visitors every time has been increasing since the launch of its first session in 1972.
Every year, the exhibition witnesses a great revival at various cultural and literary levels being an outstanding cultural event that attracts attention of intellectuals, academicians and media circles.
According to the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the next edition of the Doha International Book Fair will be different from the previous editions and distinguished due to the expected wide participation of Arab and foreign publishing houses.
In addition to the diverse range of books, cognitive media, and e-books, the event will host various workshops and seminars that will enrich the cultural movement accompanying the exhibition.
The (DIBF) is an important annual event for Qatari intellectuals,, publishers and their counterparts in Arab world and beyond. As publisher, authors and readers meet to express their common aspiration to develop both Arabic and human culture. The event also provides an opportunity for building a qualitative relationship between cultures and fostering common cultural values within the framework of dialogue, differences and mutual respect.
In this context, the Doha International Book Fair (DIBF) is not just a market for selling books or running business, but rather a platform for cultural and knowledge exchanges between all parties, making it a renewed call for dialogue and listening to others and thinking freely and deep on different issues of the books industry and their contents.
Meanwhile, DIBF has been held every two years since 1972, and in 2002 was decided to be held every year and since then it has gained a great international position, especially managing to attract largest and most important publishing houses in the world.
Doha International Book Fair 2020 at a glance
· The book fair will be held under the supervision and organisation of Qatar Center for Cultural and Heritage Events
· The Doha International Book Fair (DIBF) will kick off on January 9, 2020
· The fair lasts 10 days with a new look and contents in its 30th session
· The new version of the exhibition coincides with the cultural year “Qatar – France 2020”
· The new date came after a comprehensive study of events schedule and schools examinations
· The book fair gives a great opportunity for visitors to experience the distinctive cultural experience and allows publishers to present their publications
· The fair will witness widely participations of Arab and foreign publishing houses