Doha, State of Qatar _____ 2017: The Social and Sport Contribution Fund (Daam), sponsors the 28th Doha International Book Fair (DIBF) being the official partner and key supporter of the Fair organized by the Ministry of Culture and Sports. The Fair will start on 29 November in Doha Exhibition and Convention Center as part of the Fund's constant efforts to promote and spread culture among the Qatari society individuals.
The DIBF will be organized this year under the slogan "Towards a Conscious Society" in a message from the Fair officials that stresses that the ultimate end of reading is to enrich awareness among the society's individuals and promote intellectual, cognitive and academic development in it. The Fair enjoys an Arab and international interest. Around 355 publishing houses from 29 countries will participate in DIBF whose activities will continue up to 5 December.
In a statement about this occasion, His Excellence Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al Thani, Daam Chairman, stressed that Daam will continue to support such cultural initiatives out of its role and mission that aim to empower the Qatari youth and encourage them to arm themselves with culture and knowledge tools which give them a chance to compete and excel at regional and global levels."
He added that "the human element comes on top of the priorities of development plans in the State of Qatar, which believes that the human being is the foundation and engine of development and that's why human resources development in all its feature, especially culture and knowledge ones, were stipulated under the four key pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030 that aims to build a knowledge-based economy in Qatar by the hands of its citizens who are able – with their knowledge, culture and experience – to guarantee a more prosperous future for the state and people of Qatar.
His Excellence Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports, announced organization of the DIBF activities in a press conference held at Qatar National Theatre on 26 November and said that the slogan of the fair is derived from the Ministry's vision "towards a conscious society with authentic conscience and healthy body" indicating that the German Culture is a guest of honor as a part of the activities of Qatar- Germany Year of Culture 2017. He also said that the DIBF visitors will enjoy a cultural program provided by the French Pavilion and extensive participation by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism and many Turkish publishing houses. Moreover, China, Iran, India, Malaysia and other countries will have remarkable participations in this Fair. A cultural program will take place in the 28th Book Fair where a constellation of intellectuals and thinkers from Qatar and the Arab World will participate in as well as foreign thinkers.
It is worth noting that the Social and Sport Contribution Fund (Daam) has laid the foundations of many projects during the last years including culture, education, health, sport and social development projects. Thanks to Daam sponsorship, these projects contributed in constructing and expanding various public utilities in many government sectors. The Daam`s support of these projects and initiatives comes out of the sincere national impulse and full awareness of the importance and vitality of its strategic role in supporting anything that might improve the life of the Qatari society.
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