All photos by Navin Sam
The 25th annual Doha International Book Fair has gotten well underway at the Qatar National Convention Center this weekend.
According to photographer Navin Sam, there were a record number of titles this year, though the vast majority of the material on sale was in Arabic.
In addition to new and used books, vendors are selling old manuscripts, maps, electronics, religious texts, children’s titles and other items. A small children’s area is set up for coloring and other activities, and various book talks are being given this weekend.
The fair didn’t appear too crowded late yesterday afternoon, but those who plan to stay a while should wear comfortable shoes (QNCC is massive) and may want to pack some snacks.
No food is on sale in the exhibition hall, though there were light snacks available for purchase at small cafes around convention center.
The book fair runs through Jan. 17. From Saturdays to Thursdays, it will be open from 9am to 1pm and from 4pm to 10pm. On Fridays, it will be open from 4pm to 10pm. For more information, see the official website here.
Have you checked out the fair yet? Thoughts?