Floating book fair opens today

February 21, 2011 - 10:41:11 pm

By Fazeena Saleem

DOHA: To support education and international understanding through relief work, ‘Logos Hope,’ world’s largest floating book fair will be opened for the public today, at the Doha Port. It will offer books on different subjects for prices lesser to normal book shops.

This floating book fair which support aid and relief projects was officially opened yesterday by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari.

“We are glad to receive this ship and see many cultures and countries represented by young volunteers,” said Al Kuwari referring to the 50 different nationalities represented on board.

Logos Hope with 5,000 tittles in various subjects will be open to the public from today to February 28 between 2pm and 10pm. The ship will be berthed at Berth No. 8 at the Doha Port.

Tickets cost QR2, and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. All visitors will be required to present their Identity Cards, and use the shuttle bus service to transit to and from the ship.

“People on board are not rewarded by salaries but through making changers in others’ lives We look forward to people in Qatar to come and meet our international crew on board,” said Captain Dirk Colenbrander, Master of Logos Hope.

Books available in Logos Hope cover a range of subjects including science, sports, hobbies, family life, children’s titles, academic texts, dictionaries, atlases and more catering every one.

“Our books are cheaper than any book stand. The prices vary from QR5 to QR150. There is special offer of three books for QR15. The average price is between QR 15 and 20,” said Johan Zandbergen, Bookshop Manager on the sideline of the official book fair opening.

The rest of the Visitor Experience deck is also open for the public to explore. From the Welcome Area, which introduces the new vessel through a short movie and interactive displays, to the International Café, which has ice cream, drinks and snacks for sale, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Two days of this seven day fair will be also devoted for varies entertainments. February 25 will be an open ship day, offering international displays, music, face painting, dramas.

Following on February 26, this floating book fair will present a night of live music and entertainment with an international twist.

Guests will also have the opportunity to meet crewmembers and enjoy light snacks in a coffee-house atmosphere. Tickets cost QR10 and will be available on board.

Logos Hope is owned by GBA ships eV, a non profit organisation based in Germany which operates four ships that sail around the world bringing knowledge, help and hope at 1,400 port visits in 162 countries and have welcomed over 40 million visitors.

It hosts floating book fairs with a vision to provide high quality education, express love to those in need, promote peace by embracing diversity and guide people toward a purposeful life.

People in Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, Liberia, West Africa, Guyana, Sudan East Timor and West Africa have been benefited from this charitable ship.

The Peninsula