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31st Doha International Book Fair to begin on January 13

The Ministry of Culture and Sports announced yesterday that the 31st Doha International Book Fair will be organised from January 13 to 22, 2022.

The event will be organised under the supervision and organisation of the Qatar Cultural and Heritage Events Center of the Ministry of Culture and Sports. The US will be the Guest of Honour at the Doha International Book Fair under the framework of the Qatar-US Year of Culture 2021. 

The exhibition is considered as one of the most important and largest international cultural events in the country. 

The organising committee of the exhibition decided from today to start registration for participation in upcoming edition, while November 1, 2021 will be the last date for receiving applications for the participation.

The committee also said that November 18, 2021 will be the last date for receiving subscription fees, and November 15, 2021 will be the last date for receiving delegates’ passports.

Publishing houses, libraries, cultural institutions, research centres, associations, universities, international organisations and ministries can apply for participation through the exhibition’s website www.dohabookfair.qa.

The exhibition’s organising committee has set several rules for participation in the Doha International Book Fair, such as exhibiting items should not be against Islamic faith and principles, values and customs of Qatari society.

Also books’ prices should be in Qatari riyals, after deducting the prescribed percentage of 25 percent, and the exhibitors must adhere to the prices listed in the data that was filled out by them. 

The exhibition committee has the right to monitor selling prices and intervene in case the prices do not match with what were mentioned in the data listed by the authorities, and can take whatever measures it deems appropriate against violators. The participant is obligated to put the price on all books according to the price list that has been approved by the exhibition committee.

The previous edition of the Doha International Book Fair witnessed a large participation of Arab and foreign publishers, and around 320,000 people visited the fair. Also over 210,000 books have been sold in the 30th edition of the Doha International Book Fair. The number of the pavilions of Arabic books is 559, represented by 228 publishing houses, and the number of foreign pavilions is 91 pavilions represented by 35 foreign publishers. 

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