HE Minister of Culture Sheik Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al-Thani and HE Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance of the Iranian government Dr. Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili visited the Tehran International Book Fair yesterday.
The two ministers reviewed a number of booths of the exhibition and toured the pavilion of the State of Qatar organized by the Ministry of Culture, bearing in mind that Qatar is the guest of honor for this session.
Qatar’s attendance at the 33rd Tehran International Book Fair comes amidst participation by 32 countries. The fair, which will run until tomorrow, will be held under the slogan “With Health We Are Healthy” with the participation of 170 foreign publishers, including 5 Qatari publishing houses: “Dar Al-Watad, Dar Nebja, Dar Rosa, Publishing House of Qatar University, Dar Hamad Bin Khalifa Publishing University”. The Qatari participations include a variety of publications that contribute to enriching the knowledge of readers and meet the aspirations of intellectuals in various knowledge sciences, including novels, law, social and humanitarian sciences, as well as distinctive publications such as children’s books and books.
Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili said that the Tehran International Book Fair is a new start for cultural cooperation between Qatar and Iran, noting that in light of the broad cultural cooperation between the two countries, Qatar will be the guest of honor at the fair this year.
The exhibition’s president, Yasser Ahmednoud, said, Qatar is a guest of honor “because of its shared cultural and religious commonalities and literary similarity in publishing” with Iran.
The fair began with the participation of 2,800 publishers, including 1,700 through exhibition booths, 1,100 in cyberspace, 170 foreign publishers, and more than 50 guests. The 33rd Tehran International Book Fair is taking place after a three-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic and is considered one of the largest international book fairs.