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Bloomsbury, working in concert with the Qatar Foundation, has launched a publishing operation in Doha. Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP) will publish in both English and Arabic, focusing on books of 'excellence and originality' in both the trade and educational/academic spheres. Titles will be published around the world by Bloomsbury and translation rights sold where appropriate.
Nigel Newton, Bloomsbury ceo, will be chairman of the management committee, and Kathy Rooney, joint md of Bloomsbury Verlag, will have primary responsibility for its operation. An md and publishing director, both based in Doha, will be recuited locally, and it is envisaged that a staff of 12 to 16 will work out of the office there.
It is expected that the company will publish about 100 books, half English, half Arabic. - 15 October 2008
BQFP, sitting alongside Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ), was Qatar's first publishing house. It published more than 200 titles; its authors won awards including the First Book Award at the Edinburgh International Festival of Literature, a high commendation at the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation, and Best Story at the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature. BQFJ launched the Middle East's first open access academic research platform, QScience.com.
The arrangement came to an end in 2015, when the Qatar Foundation launched its own imprint, Hamad bin Khalifa University Press.