HE the Prime Minister Inaugurates the 32nd Edition of the Doha International Book Fair

12 June 2023

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, inaugurated the thirty-second edition of the Doha International Book Fair on 12 June, under the theme “With reading we rise”. The event, which will last until 21 June, is being held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center and under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture. In total, 37 countries are participating in this year’s edition, all of which are represented by more than 500 publishers.

The Fair’s programme offers visitors a series of lectures, seminars, reading workshops, poetry evenings, book signings and other cultural activities, with influential thinkers, writers and critics participating.

Since 2010, the Doha International Book Fair has designated one of the participating countries as honourary guest. This year, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was chosen for this title.

The inaugural Doha Book Fair took place in 1972 and continued as a biennial event until 2002, when it transitioned into an annual gathering.

Thanks to its success in hosting several nations as honourary guests —including but not limited to the US, Turkey, Japan, the UK, Russia—the Book Fair has earned a distinguished global reputation which has helped in attracting the world’s largest publishing houses.

As a platform that enriches local, regional and international cultural landscapes, the Doha International Book Fair forges connections between writers and readers. This aim aligns seamlessly with the Qatar National Vision 2030, which aims to advance the knowledge economy.