The Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Centre (Fanar) has impressed the visitors and tourists during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 while presenting the beauty of Qatari Islamic culture.
Under the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf), Fanar functions with a vision to showcase the Qatari Culture. It runs many programmes, events and activities to introduce Islamic culture and Qatari architecture to the communities in Qatar and tourists in addition to other educational and awareness programmes.
A statement from Awqaf said that Fanar, during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, was visited by a large number of visitors, including international dignitaries, who praised its efforts in introducing Islamic culture and Qatari architecture.
According to official statistics, Fanar was visited by 10,000 persons whereas the exhibition by Fanar at the Imam Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab Mosque attracted 12,000 visitors. The number of visitors to the virtual reality event by Fanar at Katara reached 9,900 while the centre's pavilions in Ras Abu Fontas, and Lusail were visited by 3,000 persons. A total of 81,000 various gifts were distributed to guests and visitors while 100,000 books were distributed in different parts of the country.
During the World Cup, a delegation from the Japanese imperial family visited the Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab mosque, where the dignitaries were received by Dr. Saleh bin Ali al-Marri, director of Fanar and a number of the centre's employees. At the end of the visit, the officials presented a painting in Arabic calligraphy in the name of the family and created by Obeida Al-Banki, an international calligrapher. Also, the mosque was visited by several dignitaries from across the world including Colombia's former President Ivan Duque and a number of bloggers.
Fanar has currently started registration for Arabic courses for non-native speakers. This comes within the framework of the centre's interest in teaching the language to non-Arabic speakers among the communities in Qatar.
The Arabic language courses are currently attended by 176 male and female students follow curricula prepared by Fanar and developed by a group of experts. The classrooms have smart teaching aids that allow a variety of applications by teachers and student.
In addition, the programme receives diplomatic missions operating in the country, in co-ordination with the relevant authorities. Courses are expected to be held for diplomats of a number of countries including Angola, Pakistan, Chad, Mozambique, Moldova, and Malawi. The Arabic language courses programme has succeeded, for nearly 14 years, in attracting thousands of non-Arabic speaking students.
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