Yesterday, Thursday, the activities of the second edition of the Qatar University Book Fair 2024, which was organized in collaboration between Qatar University Press and the Qatari Publishers and Distributors Forum at the Ministry of Culture, concluded.
The exhibition lasted 5 days, with the participation of 39 publishers, research centers and publishing houses, in addition to 5 contributions from universities and research and publishing centers from 8 Arab countries. It witnessed many cultural events, which brought together writers and creatives from within. and outside the State of Qatar, and enjoyed the attendance of large numbers of spectators.
The activities of the exhibition included scientific sessions and intellectual seminars which were the center of attention of researchers, thinkers and academicians. It discussed a range of issues related to cultural and heritage matters, and also included cultural and artistic aspects, such as: the art of Arabic calligraphy and the artwork “Read” presented by Qatari artist Bashir Ali Al-Badr, in addition to writing And organizing workshops for those interested in learning the art of creativity.
At the conclusion of the exhibition activities he said: Director of Qatar University Press Dr. Fatima Al-Suwaidi organized this cultural event in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and holds it annually, emphasizing that it represents an intellectual, scientific and heritage celebration. “We are keen to see it grow and develop year after year, and we want to expand its horizons to include a large number of universities, scientific research centers and Gulf and Arab publishing houses, including many of the Arab countries. One is to include a guest of honor who contributes to supporting Qatar University's strategies in spreading Arab and Islamic culture, caring for cultural heritage, protecting it, preserving it, introducing it and promoting cultural and “Enhancing Intellectual Security.”
Dr. Fatima Al Suwaidi explained that the “Remains” programme, which was launched by the House during this year's exhibition, seeks to shed light on forgotten aspects of Qatar's heritage, including the material, artistic, architectural, cultural and intellectual Includes monuments. , such as: the works of the most important ancient Qatari poets and writers; Reviving this heritage, spreading it across the horizon, and perpetuating its memory in the souls of young people and new generations.
He further added, “We started this year with a special session on that unique archaeological city (Al-Jubara: World Heritage City in Qatar), on which the House will celebrate by releasing a scientific travel book in Arabic and English in collaboration with Attention was paid to the Qatar Museums, to which 24 scholars and explorers contributed in the field of heritage and antiquities.”
On his part, he informed Director of Katara Publishing House Amira Ahmed Al-Muhanadi expressed her joy at the success achieved, with the House's participation in the Qatar University Book Fair for the second time, and praised the good organization and diversity of the external events and participation, in addition to the excellence and beauty. Design, because the pavilions were arranged in such a way that visitors could move between them and see them easily.
In turn, A confirmedCEO of Rosa Publishing House Dr. Aisha Al-Kuwari, Sadan Qatar University is keen to continuously participate in the book fair. Due to its immense importance and the impact it has on students, researchers and academics on campus, he called for it to be organized annually.
Dr. Aisha Al Kuwari explained that the exhibition “this year saw diversity and growth with the participation of many Arab countries, which enhances the exchange of experiences between publishers and contributes to enriching the knowledge content available to students.” gives.”
He stressed the importance of this diversity in meeting students' needs for diverse sources of knowledge, and pointed out that Dar Rosa participated in several cultural events this year, including launching new books and organizing cultural seminars.
For her part, Dr. Rafia Ghobash, Founder of the Women's Museum in Dubai, said: “The Center for Women's Studies affiliated with the Women's Museum participated in its publications that address women's issues, and these publications also included the Encyclopedia of Emirati Women. Is. Major title, “Noting the presence of the Center at the exhibition among scientific, cultural and educational institutions. We were honored by the presence of visitors to our pavilion and the signing of numerous publications issued by the Center.”
It is worth noting that this year's edition of the Qatar University Book Fair was attended by many parties from the Arab world, including: Sultan Qaboos University from Oman, Emirates University, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Center for Saudi Research and Knowledge Communication from the Arab Kingdom, and East Africa House from Morocco, the Center for Women's Studies, the Juma Al Majid Center for Culture and Heritage from the Emirates and the Nahd Center from Kuwait.
A number of entities from within Qatar also participated, notably: Qatari Ministry of Endowments, Qatari Documentation House, Sheikh Hamad Prize for Translation and International Understanding, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ansari Academy for the Quran and its Sciences, Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed Center for Historical Studies, and Al-Noor Center for the Blind.
In addition to the participation of several Qatari publishing and distribution houses, including: Hamad University Press, Lusail University Press, as well as Katara Publishing House, Rojava House, and Dar Al-Watad, as well as the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, Dar Al -Shark, Kalimat Library, and Educational Katatib. Alif Library, and others.
The exhibition organized several seminars, workshops, various cultural lectures and sessions to launch new publications.