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Posted On: 26 June 2019 03:30 pm
Updated On: 26 June 2019 03:43 pm

Three places to publish written works in Qatar

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Writing is a skill that is developed with practice and, sometimes, you end up writing something that you want to share or have published. It is difficult to get published almost anywhere as each publisher is looking for something different, but that doesn't mean that people should stop trying.

In Qatar, writing, reading and knowledge have always been a core value to carry on for generations. This is why it is important to be able to publish people’s work from across the Middle East, to further knowledge and understanding of the region.

Here is a list of three places in Qatar where you can publish books or academic materials.

1. Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Press

HBKU Press
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Established in 2010, the HBKU Press aims to “promote the love of reading and writing by helping to establish a vibrant scholarly and literary culture in Qatar and the Middle East.” They publish fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children. Alongside this, they publish academic and reference material for schools and they also translate books from across the world. The majority of the books are in either Arabic or English.

HBKU Press has a workflow which is responsive, and keeps the authors continuously informed and up-to-date throughout the publishing process. It is also responsible for ensuring the research publication is provided the widest possible dissemination and distribution. There are a few conditions that apply to individual works, for example, academic papers and articles are expected to be published on the website free for the public.

Here are some of the benefits you can acquire through publishing with them:

  • Authors will keep full copyright of their work through the Creative Commons license.
  • The editing of articles will be done by experts in the field of research.
  • The work will be peer reviewed rigidly to ensure its quality.
  • The work will be preserved and archived.
  • The opportunity to work with a highly experienced publishing team.

What is also great about this publication is their open access approach for distribution. Since they are featured in multiple book fairs around the world, it allows local and Middle Eastern authors to gain more exposure. Check out their website and begin contacting them through their E-mail below.


Location: Education City Student Center (Multaqa), Qatar Foundation, Doha - Qatar
Tel. (editorial): +974 4454 2431
E-mail (editorial): [email protected]
Tel. (sales): +974 4454 3098 / 4454 2356
E-mail (sales): [email protected]
Tel. (communications): +974 4454 2433
E-mail: [email protected]

2. Open Access at Qatar National Library (QNL)

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Through a fund or a voucher, academic writers can have the chance to be featured in one of the Open Access Journals. QNL offers an Open Access Author Fund where the Library will be responsible for paying the article processing fees. For the Open Access vouchers, the Library’s voucher vendors will give vouchers to authors deemed eligible in order to help get them published in one of their Open Access journals.

This initiative was put into place to support Qatar-based research and is open to students, faculty, researchers and staff from any higher education institute. You can start applying for the fund through filling out the request form.

For more information on the objectives, eligibility and the different kinds of Open Access journals click here.


Location: Education City, Qatar Foundation, Doha - Qatar
Tel: +974 4454 0100
E-mail: [email protected]

3. Dar Roza Publishing

Image Credit: Dar Roza Publishing

An Arabic publication with a Qatari vision, Dar Roza wants to help serve authors inside and outside of Qatar with the means to advance the cultural knowledge of Arab readers that is in accordance with Qatar’s National 2030 Vision. They mainly focus on developing and guiding Qatari authors to help support and push Qatari and domestic innovation.

They also help with distributing the works of the author and in overcoming any obstacles with their work. In order to begin the process, there is a form that needs to be filled on their website (you will need to scroll down a little to get to the form on the page.)

Conditions for publication

  • The manuscript must be in Arabic.
  • The manuscript should not have been published previously and issued by any party.
  • Dar Roza does not adopt the policy of monopoly, but rather the policy of the specific agreement.
  • Dar Roza will bear the costs of printing and distribution in exchange for a fixed contract to be determined by it.
  • Dar Roza accepts the books that were printed on the account of the private author to be published and distributed by it, in accordance with a contract concluded between the parties.
  • Dar Roza has the right to participate in all international exhibitions held inside and outside Qatar.
  • Dar Roza accepts correspondence and inquiries about any point not mentioned.
  • The author does not charge any fees for printing the book in accordance with the contract between the parties


Tel: +974 3322 1106
E-mail: [email protected]

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