a figure which exceeded all expectations. Officials also set 10-13 October 2016 as the dates for the Katara Festival for the Arabic Novel, allowing its jury panel ample time to carry out their work effectively. Panelists will conduct careful review of the novels presented for the contest, and subsequently provide fair evaluation.
During a press conference held on Sunday at the Cultural Village – Katara, Dr. Khalid al Jaber, president of Katara Cultural Forum, addressed attendees on behalf of of Katara's General Manager His Excellency Dr. Khaled bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti and stated that this edition of Katara Arab novel prize is distinguished for the amazing quantity of participants and expressed satisfaction with the submissions, including a diverse range of both published and unpublished novels, as well as research studies.
Spokesperson during the press meeting stressed that the volume of participation this year is a clear indication of the level of interaction this festival has stoked amongst the literary and cultural intelligentsia, not to mention the unrivalled success of the initiative.
The festival in its second edition managed to attract novelists and researchers from all over the Arab World, receiving submissions from literally every country from Oman to Morocco. This proves once again that the Katara prize for the Arabic Novel is a contest for all Arabs.
During the press conference, Katara announced the addition of a new category for the festival. The grouping aims to honour studies by awarding an additional prize for submissions related to research, evaluation, and novel critique in order to encourage researchers to advance and refine the historical accuracy and potency of Arabic novels.
Addressing attendees, spokesperson shed light on the fact that Katara's continued collaboration with the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) to furthermore strengthen the festival. These efforts stem from the growing significance of the Arabic novel in addition to Katara's perseverance to support the art form and its adherents by promoting their work within Qatar, the Middle East and beyond. Katara officials spoke highly of Katara's work with (ALECSO) with particular attention paid to the organization working closely with the jury panel for the second edition of the festival.