The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is launching its own publishing house, bringing its partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing to an end.
The new enterprise, Hamad bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press), will be based in Doha and publish children’s books, fiction, academic titles and education books in English and Arabic.
In a statement, QF said both parties decided to bring Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation (BQF) Publishing to a close because they had achieved their goal of “establishing a strong publishing framework in Qatar”.
Bloomsbury said: “As indicated in our Interim Statement in October, the contracts for Bloomsbury to provide Qatar Foundation with publishing services to enable knowledge transfer to QF to have a self-sufficient publishing company reach the end of their term this month. We are now handing over to the strong local team we developed having completed this mission, who will continue to publish on the foundations established. QF now has the tools, knowledge and experience to take the reins and fully run its publishing house.”
Created in 2008, BQF comprised the publishing house Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP) and the academic research publishing Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ).
During its time BQFP published more than 200 books, including fiction, non-fiction and art, and was responsible for the ‘Ready, Steady, Read’ reading scheme.
The BQFJ was responsible for launching the Middle East’s first open access, academic research platform, QScience.com.
The work of both BQFP and BQFJ will be incorporated into HBKU Press.