Mr Fakhrî Karîm is the chief editor of the Dâr al-Mada publishing house in Damascus, which was founded in the early 1990's with the aim of enriching the Arabic-speaking world with literature translated from many foreign languages. Their publications include a Nobel series featuring all Nobel price-winners in literature as well as a series of women's and children's literature and a series devoted to the great thinkers within politics, art and culture. The publishing house has initiated a project entitled Free Books with all Newspapers. In the course of the first three years, 36 books have been published including the new edition of Hans Christian Andersen's tales. The al-Mâda Foundation, of which Fakhrî Karîm is president, has also initiated a number of Arabic art centres, a TV channel and an annual cultural festival featuring a wide range of events.