Minister’s Speech



The Doha International Book Fair is witnessing a qualitative leap in recent years. It has become a place to the love of knowledge in all its varieties and an encouragement to search for it, through serious contributions by distinguished publishers, and a great interaction between intellectuals from Qatar and abroad.

This new edition comes to reinforce raising societal awareness, giving science its central role in defining human behavior, by motivating thinking abilities. Also to enlighten minds with what they need from the perceptions that can change the human lifestyle to better, and renew the civilized contribution based on respecting the diversity between peoples’ cultures.

It also (this edition) seeks to develop the publishing profession by establishing the Doha Fellowship Program for Publishers, as well as hosts France as an honorary guest of the exhibition, within the framework of the cultural year Qatar-France.

Hosting France comes in framework of the role that the era of French Enlightenment played in developing human values ​​and enhancing human perceptions about its dignity and the exercise of its freedom, which are perceptions in which all civilizations undoubtedly contributed in it.

HE Salah bin Ghanim Al Ali

Minister of Culture and Sports