Doha International Book Fair to commence on Thursday


The 29th edition of the Doha International Book Fair (DIBF) will start on Thursday 29th November 2018 with the participation of 427 publishing houses representing 30 countries around the world.

The event will be held under the patronage of Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) next to the City Center Mall and will conclude on December 8, 2018.

HE the Minister of Culture and Sports Salah bin Ghanem al-Ali on Saturday announced the details of the book fair, themed “Doha, A City of Knowledge and Conscience.”

Director of the Doha International Book Fair, Jassem Al Buainain, said that 30 countries are participating in the 29th edition of book fair, and the focus is on specialised publishing houses in children’s books and young people that “achieve our vision to create a conscious generation”.

Jassem Al Buainain, also said the number of publishing houses is 427, while this number was only 355 in the previous edition. “The number of booked stalls at the Fair stands at 975, while there were 760 stalls in the previous edition,” he said.

Book Fair Timings

The Fair will be open from 9am to 9pm except on Friday when it will be open from 4pm to 10pm and the Fair’s timings on Thursday will be from 9am to 10pm.

The exhibition, being organised by the Qatar Cultural and Heritage Center of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, is located on an area of 29,000sqm, the largest ever since its inception in 1972.

This year, the Fair includes around 121, 900 titles, while there were 85,000 in the last edition.

“The number of cultural, artistic and entertainment activities will reach 272 during this year’s Fair, including 25 cultural and intellectual seminars and 28 workshops in various fields, as well as poetry evenings by selected Qatari and Arab poets,” Al Buainain added.

More details of the fair can be found on

Published on 25 November 2018

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