The 30th edition of the Doha International Book Fair (DIBF) was held from January 9th to 18th, 2020 in its namesake city. Under the patronage of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the Qatar Center for Cultural and Heritage Events supervised the DIBF. The date coincides with the launch of the Year of Culture Qatar-France 2020, an initiative of the Ministry of Culture that aims to celebrate the unique history and relationship between Qatar and a given partner country.
The DIBF is one of the largest international book fairs in the region and enjoys the prestige of hosting people from across the globe. Attendance has increased steadily every year since its inauguration in 1972.
Originally, DIBF was held every two years, but in 2002 it became an annual event. Since then, it has become more renowned, attracting some of the largest and most prestigious publishing houses in the world. The exhibition was ten days long, in order to give visitors an excellent opportunity to experience all of DIBF and to allow publishers to showcase their diverse publications.
Three hundred thirty-five publishing companies, as well as several embassies of countries including the USA, Japan, Palestine, Kyrgyzstan, and the Philippines, were housing 797 pavilions. In total, 31 countries participated in this edition of the Doha International Book Fair with the first time participation of Belgium and Australia, along with the guest of honor, France.
(Image Source: US Embassy in Qatar)
Image is from 2019 book fair