Qatar National Library is participating in Europe’s first Arabic book fair, held via the European virtual platform specialising in Arabic book exhibits, ongoing until 4 September. The event started on 20 August. 

The Arabic Book Fair in EU is the first event of its kind to take place entirely virtually, organised by publishers Nordk Digital World and Dar Lusail Publishing, in collaboration with the website, which sells Arabic books to the European market.

Arabic fairThe Library’s involvement in the cultural programme that is held on the sidelines of the fair will include a lecture that discusses their efforts to support the preservation of documentary heritage, looking at future projects in countering the trafficking and illegal circulation of heritage items in the Middle East and North Africa region and neighbouring countries.

Staff from the Library will also offer information on Qatar Digital Library, a lecture on Qatari history, as well as a storytelling session from the Children and Young Adults team.

The fair is in a virtual environment, allowing visitors to roam between participating publishing houses displaying over 27,000 books. It encourages intellectual diversity between East and West, featuring distinguished guests from Sweden, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Algeria, Morocco, Turkey, Netherlands, and Britain, in addition to Qatar.

The cultural programme also feature lectures by Arab writers, authors and thinkers, in addition to seminars on translation and publishing, and ways to activate cooperation between the Arab region and Europe with regards to Arab culture. It will also feature seminars on the importance and mechanisms of teaching Arabic to children in Europe.

According to the Library’s Head of Science Amani Saleh Alyafei, they are delighted to play a key role in this one-of-a-kind event. The fair features a distinguished cultural programme in partnership with a host of important research centres, specialised institutions and other Arab book fairs.

Qatar National Library facilitates knowledge acquisition by safeguarding the past, embracing the present, and helping to define the future. Being a part of such a dynamic event using the latest modern technology is vital – as is our support for initiatives which reveal Arab culture to European audiences and encourage intellectual diversity wherever possible.

Thousands of titles for hundreds of Arab publishing houses will be available to virtual visitors. The fair will support the spread of Arab culture in Europe, including the launch of a coveted prize for Arab young writers in Europe, as well as a number of initiatives on book publishing and distribution in Europe.

The Arabic Book Fair in EU is run in collaboration with:

  • Copenhagen Arab Book Fair
  • Arab Center for Research and Policy Study
  • Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding
  • Al Jazeera Center for Studies
  • Media Sponsor: Combs Media Network

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