As a champion of Qatari authors and as a dedicated platform for Qatari narratives, Hamad bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press) is excited to launch a long list of books that are 100% made in Qatar at this year’s Doha International Book Fair. Spanning across all genres, from children’s to fiction and non-fiction, the number of books published by HBKU Press written by Qatari writers is on the rise. The world-class publishing house helps local authors highlight the local narrative, nurture their talents and provides them with an established platform from which their voices can be heard.

Teach with words; love with books

Qatari author Muneera Saad Al Romaihi is known for tackling sensitive topics in her children’s books and her third book is no exception. The author of best-sellers Khayal Manal (Manal’s World) and Majid Al Ghadeb (Angry Majid), will release Ana Ushbeh Al Qamar (I Look like the Moon) where she confronts the poignant subject of brave children battling for their life: cancer.

First-time author Jameela Sultan Al Mass Al Jassem published two books with HBKU Press that will launch at the fair. Rehlat Riyal (The Riyal’s Journey) and Alamatni Namla (The Ant Teacher) highlight themes of compassion and empathy through imaginative adventures that are sure to entertain.

Shaikha Al Zeyara, an established Qatari author publishing for the first time with HBKU Press, brings to life a tale based on traditional stories passed down from generation to generation explaining the legend of how the sail was invented in Qatar in the book titled Sultan Al Baher.

And in a first for HBKU Press, thirteen-year-old Al Maha Al Delaimi becomes the youngest author ever to publish with the publishing house. Fuelled by her drive to help others and to make the world a better place, her book ‘Values for a Better World’ explores how every child can change the world by starting with small changes in themselves and around their community.

With regard to educational materials, two new series were commissioned by HBKU Press to teach children vocabulary relative to the local environment. Silsilat Min Be’ati introduces children aged 4-6 to simple linguistic concepts with the intention to develop the readers’ vocabulary and to enhance their skills in distinguishing between colours, shapes, games, and foods. Similarly, Silsilat Dawrat Hayat Alka’inat introduces children of the same age to simple scientific information about the stages of the life cycle of some organisms found in their environment.

Book launch: Doha International Book Fair (DIBF) 2017
29 November – 5 December, 2017
Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, Saturday to Thursday 9 am – 10 pm, Fridays 4 pm – 10 pm

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