The 8th edition of the Mahaseel Festival is set to start from Sunday at the Cultural Village Foundation Katara.It is organised by Katara in co-operation with the Ministry of Municipality and the Qatari Farmers' Forum from February 25 to April 15.Salman al-Nuaimi, head of the organising committee of the festival, expressed his happiness that the eighth edition coincides with Katara hosting Halal Qatar Festival. He noted that the festival provides Katara visitors with a distinctive marketing platform where the finest Qatari crops and agricultural products, including vegetables, honey, local dates, meat, eggs, poultry, are showcased from 9am to 9pm daily.He pointed out that the new edition is witnessinga growing participation from Qatari farms, apiaries, and national food companies, attracting 24 local farms, eight nurseries selling ornamental plants and flower seedlings, alongside 10 national companies specialising in food, poultry, meat, dairy products, eggs, and juices.He stressed that the annual launch of the festival reaffirms Katara's commitment to supporting agriculture, animal wealth, national food products, and encouraging Qatari farmers. He noted that the festival represents a qualitative leap in supporting the national economy and the agricultural sector in Qatar, creating an incentive to invest in crops and food products, in addition to providing a marketing platform for selling vegetables, honey and dates that Qatar is renowned for, at good prices. It also serves as a promotional and educational platform to introduce Qatari agricultural production and related food industries.Al-Nuaimi pointed out that this edition of the festival includes a variety of accompanying activities and distinguished cultural events that would enhance public awareness of the importance of agricultural and food production, as well as animal wealth. The festival also supports producing families, through giving them a platform to display their traditional popular dishes and handmade products and crafts.
Local products of vegetables are set to be able to supply the increasing demand for vegetables during the holy month of Ramadan this year, as it coincides with the peak of the production season of local farms, a number of local farm owners stressed.Speaking to local Arabic daily Arrayah they said that the local agriculture season is coming closer to its peak, and larger amounts of vegetables are expected to hit the local market soon. They pointed out that demand on certain types of vegetables during Ramadan often increases by 50% compared with other times of the year, especially demand for tomatoes, cucumber and other leafy vegetables.Mohamed al-Kaabi pointed out that his farm produces a good number of vegetable types including capsicum, cucumber, strawberry, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and others. He said that his farm will continue to supply its products to the local market in various ways during Ramadan. He said that he adopts two different marketing methods simultaneously. He opens the gates of his farm on weekends for shoppers to pick themselves their needs, and the rest of the weekdays, his workers pick the vegetables and take them to the marketplace.Ali Nuh al-Mutawa said that he markets his farm products through various outlets, with last year's production amounting to 100 tonnes of vegetables and he expected to surpass this amount, this year. He said that at the start of Ramadan demand for vegetables increases by almost 50% and this goes down as the period ends. Accordingly, his farm is ready to cater for such a demand.Dr Rashid al-Kuwari said that due to the timing of Ramadan this year, local vegetables would be naturally available at the market as most local farms are currently in their peak production. He said that his farm has so far produced around 400 tonnes of various types of vegetables.Eng Abdulrahman al-Obaidan said that production this year is set to increase to meet the rising demand. He said that his farm adopted early season planting to be able to supply the necessary amounts during the holy month.
The First Youth Entrepreneur Forum concluded at Katara – the Cultural Village on Friday.The forum was organised by the Youth Entrepreneur Club under the auspices of the Ministry of Sports and Youth and Qatar Chamber (QC), with the participation of representatives of government and private institutions and dozens of entrepreneurs.Over the course of two days, the forum reviewed successful experiences in entrepreneurship, establishing small companies, and transforming creative ideas into actual projects.The working sessions included panel discussions and presentations from the founders of successful companies, where attendees shared their experiences, projects, strategies, as well as the challenges they faced.Youth Entrepreneurs Club president Ibrahim Khaled al-Sulaiti said in remarks to the Qatar News Agency (QNA) that the first edition of the forum was successful in achieving its goals inspired by the Qatar National Vision 2030 in aspects related to youth and entrepreneurs, by supporting projects, encouraging and developing partnerships, and strengthening connections.He pointed to the great support provided by HE the Minister of Sports and Youth Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani to empower Qatari youth and support entrepreneurs, the support provided by the Qatar Chamber to stimulate the business environment, and the contribution of Qatar University and the Scientific Club in promoting knowledge and science.Al-Sulaiti reiterated the club's commitment to creating a supportive environment that contributes to realising the visions and dreams of young entrepreneurs in Qatar, and working to create a platform that enables them to realise their dreams and highlight their full potential.Acting Qatar Chamber director-general Ali Saeed Bu Sherbak al-Mansouri expressed the body’s keenness, as a representative of the Qatar private sector, to support entrepreneurship, and noted the co-operation agreement the Chamber recently signed with the Youth Entrepreneurs Club to regulate the relationship between them in support of entrepreneurship.
Ooredoo Group is gearing up for a prominent presence at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024, the world’s largest and most influential connectivity event, set to be held from February 26-29 at Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain. This year, Ooredoo, according to an official statement, is actively taking part in the exclusive Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA) Ministerial Programme, the world’s leading forum for policymakers and global industry leaders from across the mobile ecosystem and adjacent industries.MD and Group CEO Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo will deliver the opening presentation at an invitation-only roundtable discussion, hosted by Ooredoo and managed by GSMA. The roundtable will explore ‘Achieving 5G: Creating the Environment for Success, A Closer Look at the Supply-Side Inputs’.To open the Ministerial Programme proceedings, Deputy Group CEO, Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulla al-Thani, will share insights on harnessing 5G's potential as a panellist in the ‘Five Years of 5G: Insights for Policymakers’ session on the Ministerial Stage.As a keynote speaker at the opening day of the MWC Ministerial Programme, ITU Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin will announce new Partner to Connect (P2C) pledges in which Ooredoo is strongly engaged. A delegation of senior executives from Ooredoo will join MWC 2024, participating in high-level dialogues with industry counterparts and world-leading partners to explore new business relationships and partnership opportunities.Ooredoo's presence at the Mobile World Congress 2024 underscores the company's longstanding commitment to innovation and technology leadership within the telecommunications industry. This year’s key themes include 5G and Beyond, Connecting Everything and Humanising AI.
The Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) has played a vital role in ensuring the continued uninterrupted operation of electrical stations during the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023.Kahramaa said in an official statement Qatar hosted several sporting projects without reporting accidents or interruptions at electrical stations in sports facilities and stadiums in the country.“The AFC Asian Cup matches were also smooth in operation, as Kahramaa excelled during the tournament and completed it without any interruption in service of the main and sub-networks feeding the stadiums throughout the tournament,” the statement said.“The tournament was exceptional in terms of organisation, attendance and events and it was reminiscent of the glorious achievements by Qatar while hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” it noted.“Kahramaa network was the main source and reserve supply for all loads for such tournaments. The corporation provided its best services, with professionalism and high quality around the clock with utmost efforts to make the tournament a success. This is considered an achievement in the sports history of Qatar,” it said.It’s worth noting that, for the first time, a team of creative and qualified Qatari female engineers was formed to monitor operational proceedings. This indicates Kahramaa’s role, its interest in its human capital and its role in supporting the staff to provide the best that befits the institution.The technical teams worked around the clock with outstanding performance, with commitment and sincerity.Kahramaa also maintained the highest rates of productivity and efficiency during the tournament. Nearly 28,000 calls were dealt with. Engineers and inspectors were ready to serve throughout the tournament period. All technical teams were also fully prepared to deal with all reports and emergency malfunctions to maintain network reliability with the response and quality of work that befitted the continental event.
The United Development Company (UDC) has announced the launch of The Pearl Food Festival, to be held at Porto Arabia (18-28 La Croisette) from February 27 to March 5.Sponsored by Qatar Airways, The Pearl Food Festival promises an eclectic celebration of local and international cuisines.This event underscores UDC's commitment to positioning The Pearl Island as a vibrant epicentre of culinary excellence, catering to diverse palates and offering a spectrum of gastronomic experiences for all attendees.The Pearl Food Festival will feature an extensive array of dining options, ranging from upscale fine dining to casual eateries, to provide festival-goers with an unforgettable culinary journey.The UDC has designed a unique festival layout, seamlessly blending the waterfront ambiance with the dynamic casual dining atmosphere.Stretching along the picturesque boardwalk from 18 to 28 La Croisette, the festival will showcase a diverse array of F&B retailers sourced from The Pearl Island, Doha, and beyond.Guests can indulge in an al fresco experience, relishing an eclectic mix of culinary delights amidst the scenic backdrop of The Pearl's waterfront setting.With nearly 30 booths positioned across four thematic zones along the boardwalk, attendees can explore a range of food and beverage concepts tailored to their preferences.In addition to its culinary delights, The Pearl Food Festival will offer a wealth of family-friendly entertainment, including bouncy castles, beloved cartoon characters, roaming performers, face painting, game booths, and dedicated seating areas for families to relax and enjoy the festivities together.The festival will be open from Saturday to Wednesday between 4pm-11pm, and Thursdays and Fridays between 4pm-2am.
Malabar Gold & Diamonds has organised a blood donation drive at its showroom in Barwa village in association with the Hamad Medical Corporation.The blood donation drive was conducted by the brand’s ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) wing.Malabar Gold & Diamonds encouraged their staff to be a part of this effort for the wellbeing of the community.A total of 82 donors, including 25 staff members from Malabar Gold & Diamonds, participated.“Malabar Gold & Diamonds has always stood for the collective growth of the society,” said Malabar Gold & Diamonds Qatar regional head Santhosh TV.“The ESG initiatives that we regularly take up in all our regions of operation is something we are extremely proud of,” he said. “By associating with like-minded organisations such as the Hamad Medical Corporation, we are making significant breakthrough in reminding the residents of the country the role individuals can play in saving and improving human lives.”
Aston Martin has unveiled the Vantage GT3 alongside the new Vantage road car, Alfardan Luxury Motors Company said in a statement issued in Doha.Vantage GT3 will contest world’s greatest GT series, including the FIA World Endurance Championship, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Fanatec GT World Challenge, it was explained.Vantage GT3 is the first product of collaboration between Aston Martin Racing and Aston Martin Performance Technologies. Re-worked aerodynamics and revised suspension are developed to maximise performance potential in the hands of both Pro and Am racing drivers.Vantage LMGT3 FIA World Endurance Championship contender follows the ultra-successful Vantage GTE, which scored a remarkable 52 class wins and 11 world titles between 2012 and 2023. Three new Vantage GT3s are already competing, with several more to debut over the next month in the hands of an impressive global roster of partner teams, with 30 projected by the end of 2024 season.Timed to coincide with the international debut of the new Vantage road car, the new Vantage GT3 mirrors the latest showroom model’s intensified performance, sharpened dynamics and eye-catching style, translating those qualities into a formidable new GT racer and starting the next chapter in Aston Martin’s illustrious motorsport history.Marco Mattiacci, global chief brand and commercial officer of Aston Martin said: “Simultaneously revealing the new Vantage and Vantage GT3 race car underlines Aston Martin’s commitment to building the world’s finest sports car, and then proving its capabilities on-track.The Vantage GT3 is a comprehensive evolution of the ultra-successful and recently retired Vantage GTE and GT3 cars, which made their debuts in 2018. Sharing their mechanical architecture – and that of the new Vantage road car – the Vantage GT3 is built around Aston Martin’s proven bonded aluminium chassis structure and powered by its twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine. Boasting a dramatic, all-new nose-to-tail aerodynamic package, comprehensively revised suspension and state-of-the-art electronics, together they endow this latest-generation Aston Martin GT racer with world-beating potential.An extensive development programme – including a gruelling 30-hour test – was completed late last year with a combination of Aston Martin’s contracted professional drivers, plus selected amateur racers. All reported the new Vantage GT3 to be a super-fast-yet-forgiving machine with no vices and a usefully wide set-up window that’s perfectly suited to the unique demands and ultra-competitive nature of top-level GT racing.Visually the Vantage GT3 combines the striking design of the new Vantage road car with the extreme downforce-generating aerodynamics that make GT3 racing so popular with racers and fans alike. Extensive use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) achieved the desired targets for aerodynamic performance and efficiency – while remaining within the FIA’s downforce limits – and input from Aston Martin’s Design department ensured this pure function was matched by perfect form.Amongst the most striking aspects of the Vantage GT3 is the new nose, a large one-piece clamshell made from carbon fibre. A quick-release design to facilitate rapid removal and replacement in the event of mid-race accident damage, it houses a full-width laser light, and a shorter splitter; the effect of which moves the centre of pressure rearwards to reduce pitch sensitivity and aid stability. Large louvres in the top of the front wheel arches evacuate high-pressure air to reduce lift, with an even larger stack of louvres in the rear arches allowing high pressure to escape from the rear to reduce drag.Flying Lizard Motorsports, already a Vantage GT4 partner team, will now step up to the Vantage GT3 in the US. The machine, which has already been seen in action at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, will be fighting for victory at the Nurburgring 24 Hours, Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours and - most iconic of all – the 24 Hours of Le Mans later this year. The Vantage GT3 will also see action in a host of national GT championships around the globe – including the Japanese Super GT Championship and British GT Championship, the statement added.
QatarEnergy has honoured 64 employees for their long service and career milestones of 30, 35, and 40 years of service.The “My Legacy” recognition ceremony was held under the patronage of HE the Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, who is also the president and chief executive of QatarEnergy.In his remarks at ceremony, HE al-Kaabi thanked the dedication and commitment of the recognised employees, and noted QatarEnergy’s 50th anniversary and the huge transformations from Qatar General Petroleum Corporation (QGPC), into Qatar Petroleum, and then into QatarEnergy.“These transformations were not only in name but also in many of the activities that we are undertaking, making us a bigger and more ambitious organisation,” the minister said. “And today, we are reaping the fruits of this amazing growth because of all the hard work that you and our colleagues before you have put in, to keep the momentum on the road to further success.”HE al-Kaabi called on the honourees to continue passing the knowledge and the experience they have acquired to the younger employees and to make sure that the next generation of leaders are given the same opportunities, training, development, and mentorship that the honorees have received during their careers.He highlighted the priority placed on safety as a critical corporate culture and a central part of QatarEnergy’s DNA, saying: “The safety culture we have created in the energy sector and the reliability that characterises us today have all come with the hard work of all of you.”Concluding his remarks, HE al-Kaabi thanked the honourees and their families, whose support and sacrifices have enabled them to do the job and help ensure success.Nine of the 64 employees honoured during the ceremony have completed 40 years of service at QatarEnergy.
Qatar took part in the meeting of the Communications Group of the Global Coalition against ISIS, which was held in London.HE Special Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Faisal bin Abdullah Al Hanzab represented Qatar at the meeting.Addressing the two-day meeting, Al-Hanzab reiterated Qatar's continued and effective commitment within the international coalition as well as its support for the ongoing efforts to address the root causes of extremism and terrorism which, he indicated, requires the combined efforts of the international community and not just the member states of the coalition.He said that Qatar was among the founding countries of coalition, voicing the State's constant readiness to contribute to international efforts aimed at achieving security, stability and development.
Qatar will launch the third National Health Strategy later this year, announced HE Dr Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, Saturday while highlighting the transformation in healthcare in the country over the last decade.“As we close our 2nd National Health Strategy (2018-2024) which delivered positive changes to our patients, we look forward to launching our 3rd National Health Strategy later this year which will elaborate on the health targets set by the Third Qatar National Development Strategy (2024-2030) towards realising the Qatar National Vision 2030,” stated Dr al-Kuwari.The health minister was delivering the opening remarks at the 10th Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare taking place at Qatar National Convention Centre.Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, witnessed the opening ceremony of the forum, which is the largest of its kind in the region.As the forum marks its 10th anniversary, Dr al-Kuwari said that during the past 10 years of the Middle East Forum, Qatar’s healthcare system has undergone a remarkable transformation journey.She said : “Today we celebrate a decade of an inspiring, innovative and transformative collaboration between Hamad Medical Corporation and the Institute for Health Care Improvement (Boston) that has transcended borders and systems and that has connected thousands of healthcare leaders and practitioners from across the world with the singular aim of improving quality and safety for our patients and our healthcare workers.”“When most countries are used to steady growth, we have witnessed a phenomenal expansion in the health sector to match our population’s need and our country’s ambitions and plans. Our public and private sector beds have nearly doubled, and we have seen the addition of Sidra Medicine in 2016 and the Military Medical City Hospital in 2024. Our Primary Health Care Corporation opened 13 new state-of-the-art health and wellness centres, significantly improving primary care provision in the community,” explained the minister.“Today we celebrate our commitment to excellence and our wonderful journey which has led Qatar being recognised as a global benchmark for excellence and innovation. But more importantly today we re-affirm our unwavering ambition to deliver the best care possible for every patient, every time,” continued, Dr al-Kuwari.The minister highlighted that in 2023, Qatar had five hospitals rank among the top 250 academic medical centres in the world with two achieving top 100 ranking highlighting the commitment to combining patient care, medical research, and health education to achieve the best outcomes and experiences for the patients.Dr al-Kuwari also pointed to the resilience of Qatar’s healthcare combating Covid-19. “During Covid-19 our whole of government approach, the strength and resilience of our health systems and our wonderful healthcare workers ensured that we had one of the lowest fatality rates in the world and had close to zero hospital acquired Covid infections to patients and staff. These efforts have been recognised globally ranking Qatar’s Covid response amongst the best in the world,” she noted.“During the World Cup 2022, our state-of-the-art health services, our public health initiatives in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and our Healthy Cities accreditation made the Qatar 2022 World Cup one of the most healthy World Cups in history despite being at the tail end of the Covid-19 pandemic,” emphasised the minister.“Our training and improvement programmes now cover the whole sector in Qatar, with more than nine private sector hospitals participating in the improvement training and practical programmes in 2023. We have localised the online courses and are providing these in Arabic to make it accessible to all Arabic countries and are currently establishing training opportunities and partnerships for health providers within the Mena region,” added the minister.
A delegation from Qatar Charity continues the distribution of urgent relief aid to those affected by floods and landslides in northern Tanzania. The delegation is led by Jassim Abdullah al-Jassim, advisor to Qatar Charity’s CEO. The aid distribution, according to an official statement from Qatar Charity, was attended by Qatar’s ambassador to Tanzania Fahad Rashid al-Marekhi along with Tanzanian officials.The aid was transported by the two aircraft of the Qatar Emiri Air Force in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with each aircraft carrying 45 tonnes of aid. These included basic food and medical supplies provided by Qatar Charity.Al-Marekhi said this aid is aimed at strengthening and enhancing the distinguished and historical Qatari-Tanzanian relations. “It came to assist our brothers and sisters in Tanzania following the natural disaster that they have faced in the past days and months,” al-Marekhi added.Al-Jassim said this aid comes as a humanitarian response and fraternal duty to alleviate the suffering of those affected by this disaster, in coordination with local Tanzanian authorities.Queen Sendiga, the Regional Commissioner of Manyara expressed the gratitude to Qatar for the assistance. “We assure you that it will reach those most affected by the disaster,” she said."On behalf of the government led by Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan, we are extremely grateful to the State of Qatar for providing humanitarian assistance to the Tanzanian government," said Ummy Hamis Nderiananga, Deputy Minister, Prime Minister's Office. She thanked Qatar for this prompt humanitarian response.It’s worth mentioning that the Qatari aid will meet the needs of the local community. The project includes the distribution of urgent assistance to the most impoverished and marginalised families in the flood-affected areas of the Manyara region. The project aims to distribute food packages and essential supplies.Tanzania has been experiencing heavy rainfall since October last year, which caused mudslides that have claimed the lives of dozens, with hundreds injured. The floods have also destroyed various crops.
The second international conference of the Language Centre at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) under the title "Arabic as a Heritage Language: Issues and Approaches" kicked off Saturday with the participation of 50 researchers from Qatar and several Arab and foreign countries.The three-day conference offers new contributions in the field of Arabic as a heritage language through approaches that include issues of Arabic language learners inside Arabic-speaking communities as well as outside.The different sessions will be spread over three days discussing various topics that include: heritage language concepts, bilingualism and biliteracy, challenges of teaching Arabic as a heritage language, the efforts of parents, organisations and schools and their mandates, universities' role and the economic opportunities to teach a heritage language.In the opening remarks, Dr Alaa El Gibali, Director of the Language Centre, explained that the importance of this conference is not limited to the number of interventions scheduled on its agenda; but expands to the diversity of approaches and specialisations presented in the 51 interventions as it reflects a broad interest in this issue and a depth of knowledge associated with it.Dr El Gibali added that the conference is of particular importance due to the specificity of the category of heritage language learners and their needs that are elusive to many of the workers in teaching Arabic. The conference emerges as a platform that is hoped to provide effective solutions and theoretical answers that benefit those working in this field. It is believed to reflect positively on the motivation of heritage Language learners to learn the Arabic language or continue to learn it.The conference was opened with a lecture on the linguistic features of Arabic as a heritage and diasporic language, by Dr Elabbas Benmamoun, Professor in the Department of East Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and the Programme in Linguistics at Duke University, where he presented a summary of the empirical studies and research on heritage language explaining how this can be beneficial in meeting the particular needs of these learners. The first session included a number of research papers, starting with Dr. Saussan Khalil, Senior Teaching Associate in Arabic at the University of Cambridge, talking about "Creating a comprehensive and systematic approach to Arabic as a heritage language: curriculum, resources and training".It was followed by Dr. Hanada Taha, Director of the Zai Arabic Language Research Center and the Endowed Professor of Arabic Language Education at Zayed University, arguing that the pedagogical view is the most imperative in the students' competence of Arabic language education through her talk "Strangers in their Homelands,", while the presentation "Towards an Evidence-based Arabic as a Heritage Language Policy in Qatar Foundation Schools" discussed the linguistic policies supporting Arabic as a heritage language in the Arab Gulf States and Qatar as presented by Mohamed Mahgoub, an Education Researcher at Qatar Foundation's Pre-University Education, and Martine Elie, Head of Research and Evaluation at the Qatar Foundation's Pre-University Education.From her side, Dr. Rasha Elhawari, Senior Lecturer of Arabic in the Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics and the Director of the Arabic Programme at Concordia University in Canada, presented her research on the "Design and Implementation of an Arabic HLL Course: A Case Study from Montreal".The second session titled "Identity and linguistic policies" was moderated by Dr. Haider Saeed, the Head of the Research Department of the Arab Research Centre, on the Arabic language policies for Its inheritors: The legal context and the pedagogical perspective presented by Abdullah Abdullah, Professor of Law at Qatar University Faculty of Law, and Abdulazim Abdulazim Abdeladim, Assistant Professor of the Deanship of General Studies at Qatar University.Anouar Benyaish, an academic specialising in Arabic literature and language didactics in Morocco, gave a talk on "Arabic as a Heritage language and immunizing the cultural identity of minorities In the European Diaspora Countries", while both Carine Allaf, Senior Programs Advisor at Qatar Foundation International (QFI) and Tony Calderbank who works to expand access to QFI programmes throughout the U.K and Ireland, discussed how learning Arabic contributes to students from Arabic-speaking backgrounds' identity, and how Arabic language educators can best respond to support learning that is both relevant and meaningful Dr. Ashraf Abdelhay, Associate Professor of the Linguistics and Arabic Lexicography Program at the DI, highlighted the concept of "Arabic as a heritage language" beyond the colonial construction of language: A decolonial investigation.In a public lecture by Senior Academic Advisor and President Emeritus of the American Councils for International Education, and Emeritus Professor of Russian and Second Language Acquisition, Dr David Danson, he attempted to answer the question "What is the "Heritage Advantage" Evidence for Arabic, Chinese and Russian from the Long-Term Overseas Immersion Flagship Programs.The sessions of the first day were concluded with a third session entitled "Pedagogical Approaches," moderated by Dr. Fouad Al Qaisi, senior lecturer in the Language Center at the DI, where Dr. Alaa El Gibali, Director of the Language Center, presented his research paper on mixing language acquisition strategies for heritage language learners and building on data from the mother tongue in children's acquisition of classical Arabic. Professor of Arabic Language, Linguistics and Translation at the University of Leeds, Dr. Ruba Khammum, spoke about "New Pedagogical Strategies to Transform Arabic Heritage Learners' Language Acquisition Skills, Engagement and Proficiency Level". This was followed by the topic of utilizing the spoken regional varieties in the Arabic classroom: Teachers' perceptions, as deliberated by Rash Sulaiman, Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Linguistics, and Melissa Towler, a Postdoctoral Researcher for the University of Leeds investigating Arabic teaching in UK schools.The conference will continue on the second day with an opening session by Dr. Driss Cherkaoui, Associate Professor of Arabic in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, at the College of William and Mary, on "Teaching the Arabic Language to its Heirs: Challenges and Strategies". Along with the sessions to follow that bring together the competencies and the curriculum as Dr. Silvina Montrul, speaks about "Supporting Heritage Language Acquisition When It Matters Most".The evening sessions are dedicated to addressing case studies outside the Arab world, covering the reality of language inheritors in America, the Netherlands, France, Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Emirates, and Jordan. On the other hand, the last day's sessions will approach the issue of Heritage Language methodologically, and even consider the role of artificial intelligence in teaching Arabic.
Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), part of Qatar Foundation and Qatar’s premier hub and international destination for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, has announced its participation as a diamond event partner at the upcoming Web Summit Qatar 2024.Taking place from February 26-29 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC), the event is expected to convene more than 12,000 entrepreneurs, investors, and tech enthusiasts from around the world.As a diamond event partner of the conference, QSTP will host a dedicated pavilion at the event showcasing its comprehensive A-Z value chain of acceleration, incubation, funding and investment programmes for tech-startups.The QSTP pavilion will offer visitors an opportunity to learn about QSTP’s key role in fostering Qatar’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem by facilitating aspiring tech-preneurs to develop innovative products and services. QSTP-supported startups including Bonocle, Viavii, Classtap, and Skystruct will be showcasing their pioneering tech-based solutions at the pavilion.On February 27, the pavilion will stage the popular Demo Day of Cycle 14 of QSTP’s flagship programme, XLR8 from 4-6 pm.Demo Day marks the culmination of the 10-week training and mentorship programme that empowers aspiring tech innovators to transform their ideas into a validated, minimum-viable product. On Demo Day, XLR8 participants will pitch their innovative ideas to a live audience to attract potential investors and launch their startups.Moreover, QSTP will host a Startup Island that will see several other startups that are part of its ecosystem, such as Kanari.AI, Kamkalima, and Gamyra, exhibit their innovative products and services to attendees at the summit.QSTP-supported start-ups, EMMA Systems, VFarms, Wqtah, and Armony are selected as the four start-ups from Qatar to compete in the debut Web Summit Qatar PITCH competition. After the group stages of the competition on February 27, eight group-round winners will battle it out in the semi-final on February 28. Judges will select three top finalists who will then vie for the champion’s title on February 29.Essa al-Jamali, QSTP relationship manager, commented: “As a key enabler of technology development and entrepreneurship in Qatar, QSTP is proud to participate in the first-ever Web Summit in the region. This landmark event presents exciting opportunities for local and regional tech development enablers, rising startups and entrepreneurs to engage with global tech leaders and investors. We are particularly excited for the start-ups nurtured by QSTP to take centre stage at the PITCH competition, and represent Qatari tech and innovation at the summit and we wish them all the best.”QSTP programme manager - acceleration, Mohamed Zebian, will deliver a masterclass on February 28 at 1 pm on ‘Crafting the Perfect Pitch.’
Qatar National Library (QNL) hosted a cultural celebration within the activities of the Azerbaijan Cultural Week in Qatar.The activity, entitled 'The Poet of Three Languages', marked the 530th anniversary of Azerbaijan's legendary poet Mohamed Fuzuli and introduced the Arabic edition of Yevgeny Bertels book on Azerbaijani Poet Nizami Ganjavi.The event also included a book exhibition with books on Azerbaijani culture and popular folklore going on display.HE the Minister of State and President of the QNL, Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari affirmed in his opening speech that the embrace of the Azerbaijani cultural symbols comes within the framework of continuing fruitful cultural cooperation and strong ties between Qatar, representing its GCC and Arab surroundings, and Azerbaijan, which represents a region with many Islamic civilisation achievements.HE Al Kuwari pointed out that the roots of historical and cultural relations between Arabs and Azerbaijan go back to centuries of mutual interaction, trade and cultural exchange.Azerbaijan, located at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, is considered a melting pot of diverse influences throughout history, he added, explaining the extent of cultural interaction between the Arab and Azerbaijani cultures.He said that Arabs also played an influential role in shaping the cultural and architectural scene in Azerbaijan, pointing to the presence of a clear imprint of the Arabic language on Azerbaijani culture, especially in the fields of science, literature and philosophy.Qatar and Azerbaijan share many cultural, historical and religious values that strengthened the relationship between the two countries and their people, HE Al Kuwari said, recalling the QNL's marking of the 880th anniversary of the birth of the great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Nizami Ganjavi, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Doha in December 2021.For his part, the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Adil Karimi expressed happiness to hold the Azerbaijan Cultural Week in the State of Qatar in attendance of a large delegation of intellectuals and artists.Azerbaijan and Qatar have long and strong relations which led to the highest periods of co-ordination and co-operation in the political and economic fields, which necessitates expanding cooperation in the cultural field, His Excellency said.He added that these cultural days have a major role in deepening these relations between the two countries, especially in presenting Azerbaijan's ancient culture to the people in Qatar.Karimi pointed out the richness of Arab culture and its influence on the Azerbaijani language, to the point that many Azerbaijani words are derived from Arabic words, prompting desires to always think about strengthening these common ties.Karimi expressed his thanks to the QNL for supporting this celebration, which contributes to spreading the common human and cultural values among the two people.The celebration included speeches by Executive Director of the QNL Tan Huism, and Director of Azerbaijan National Library Karim Tahirov about the importance of the event and strengthening cooperation between the two libraries, in addition to the screening of a documentary about the celebrated poet Fuzuli.The Azerbaijan Cultural Week is being held by the Ministry of Culture during the period from Feb. 21 to 24 in various locations, including the QNL, Expo House at Doha Expo 2023, and Al Jasra Cultural and Social Club.
Qatar Research, Development, and Innovation (QRDI) Council, the Web Summit Qatar's Strategic Partner, and Exclusive Partner of the Corporate Innovation Summit Day, announced its 3-day agenda during the Web Summit Qatar, from Feb. 27-29, 2024.Attendees will be able to immerse themselves in panel discussions, presentations, and fireside chats, all set within an arena designed to facilitate interactive experiences.Located at the heart of the event, the QRDI Council's "Innovation Hub" within its Pavilion E201 promises a lineup of activities to foster engagement and collaboration. There will be presentations on the Council's key programs to bolster Qatar's innovation ecosystem. Among these is the Alchemist Doha program, a collaboration between QRDI Council and Alchemist Accelerator, which aims to foster global and local tech startups in Qatar, enhancing the country's tech ecosystem through global integration and support for local expansion.Furthermore, the Tech Development Grant program will showcase its role in supporting technological advancements through financial grants, demonstrating its commitment to fostering innovation. The Qatar Open Innovation program will also be featured, highlighting its efforts in encouraging open collaboration to address innovative challenges.The pavilion will serve as a dynamic platform for connecting with leading thought leadership, participating in enriching discussions, and gaining insights into how the QRDI Council is committed to building a dynamic RDI ecosystem in Qatar.
A delegation from the World Health Organisation (WHO) visited Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) Tobacco Control Center recently to acknowledge its efforts and achievements in combating tobacco use in Qatar and the Eastern Mediterranean region.This visit was part of the agenda of the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, one of the six regional offices of the organization worldwide, serving the Eastern Mediterranean region, which includes 21 WHO member countries.The visit focused on acquainting the delegation with the activities of HMC's Tobacco Control Center, recognized as a WHO Collaborating Center which is led by Dr. Ahmad Mohammed Al Mulla, as well as gaining insights into its initiatives and their impact on public health in Qatar. The visiting delegation also learned about the 'Together for Smoke-Free Majlis' initiative recently launched by the Center as part of HMC's commitment to combating smoking.Dr. Al Mulla, Director of HMC's Tobacco Control Center, said: "During the meeting, we presented an overview of the Center's activities, services, plans and future programs at both local and regional levels. The discussion also focused on potential collaboration with the World Health Organization to support these programs and plans, given the importance of the services offered by the Center to all countries of the eastern mediterranean region."Dr. Al Mulla also expressed his appreciation for the efforts and ongoing support from the WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office's 'Tobacco-Free Initiative,' led by Dr. Fatimah El-Awa. The visiting WHO team expressed their contentment with the tobacco control services offered in Qatar to all members of the public, recognizing their positive impact on public health and disease prevention.He said smoking cessation services in Qatar are provided free of charge and include preventive and therapeutic services, available to all residents of the country. These services are offered in public healthcare institutions, including the Tobacco Control Center at Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City and the specialized clinics at Hamad General Hospital, Al Wakra Hospital, Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital, and Al Khor Hospital, as well as 16 health centers providing smoking cessation support.
Qatar’s digital investments across 15 priority technologies including AI, IoT and cybersecurity are expected to soar to $5.7bn by 2026, up from $1.65bn in 2022, a new report unveiled by the Investment Promotion Agency Qatar (Invest Qatar) has shown.The joint report was launched in association with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), titled ‘Smarter Qatar: Embracing Emerging Technologies and Innovation, Improving Lives and Driving a Sustainable Digital Economy’.The report showcases Qatar's commitment to harnessing cutting-edge technologies for its smart country transition and emphasises initiatives to capitalise on the growing global smart city market, projected to approach $7tn by 2030.Released ahead of the inaugural edition of the world’s largest technology event in the region, Web Summit Qatar, the report underscores Qatar's conducive ecosystem, which fosters the development of emerging and advanced technologies.This supportive environment is bolstered by significant direct government investments and comprehensive incubation and acceleration programmes designed to support entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).Qatar’s dedicated efforts in digital transformation are demonstrated by various initiatives, such as MCIT's TASMU Smart Qatar, which fosters a digitally enabled economy.With a focus on stimulating innovation across key sectors, some 15 priority technologies have been identified for development, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and cybersecurity.Qatar’s digital investments across these priority technologies are expected to soar to $5.7bn by 2026, up from $1.65bn in 2022.This initiative spearheads the transformation of vital economic sectors, encompassing transportation, healthcare, tourism and education, unlocking key opportunities for sustainable growth across these pivotal domains.Reem al-Mansoori, assistant undersecretary, Digital Industry Affairs, MCIT, said, "Qatar is a vibrant ecosystem for startups and global businesses, serving as a launch pad for innovating and piloting digital solutions. Positioned as a strategic gateway to international markets, we consolidate vital resources in this report for entities aiming to root their digital operations in Qatar. Emphasising quality of life, we welcome partners sharing our vision to foster a smarter and more connected Qatar.”Sheikh Ali Alwaleed al-Thani, Invest Qatar CEO, said: “Qatar’s digital transformation journey has been remarkable; the country has achieved global recognition, leading the Global Entrepreneurship Index in the Arab world and developing world-leading digital infrastructure.“This joint report stands as a testament to Qatar’s unwavering dedication and serves as an inspiring blueprint for other countries venturing into their own smart city and smart country initiatives.”Building future-ready smart cities: Qatar is home to the world’s first commercially available 5G network and is also ranked first for internet adoption globally with nearly a 100% internet penetration rate.The country has also made substantial investments in areas like Msheireb Downtown Doha and Lusail City to create sustainable environments, aligned with Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV 2030).Lusail seamlessly integrates smart technologies with energy-efficient buildings to intelligent transportation solutions, while Msheireb Downtown Doha weaves smart infrastructure into its fabric to establish a connected and environmentally conscious urban centre.
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, attended Saturday the opening of the Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare.The Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare, now in its 10th year, is a collaboration between Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the US-based Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI). It is the biggest event dedicated to healthcare quality improvement in the regionHE Dr Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari, Minister of Public Health; Dr Hans Henri P Kluge, regional director for Europe, World Health Organisation (WHO); Dr Hanan Balkhy, WHO regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean; Kedar Mate, president and chief executive officer, IHI; and Dr Don Berwick, president Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement were present on the occasion along with several health ministers from many countries.Held at Qatar National Convention Centre, more than 2,500 healthcare professionals from Qatar and the region are attending this year’s three day forum both in-person and online.Delivering the opening remarks, Dr al-Kuwari highlighted the positive and transformative effect the Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare has had on Qatar’s healthcare landscape over the decade.“Today we celebrate our commitment to excellence and our wonderful journey which has led Qatar to being recognised as a global benchmark for excellence and innovation. But more importantly today we re-affirm our unwavering ambition to deliver the best care possible for every patient, every time,” said Dr al-Kuwari.The minister went on to highlight that the partnership with IHI was born out of the aspirations of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the first National Development Strategy (2011-2016) set by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and the guiding principles of Qatar’s first National Health Strategy developed and launched by Her Highness Sheikha Moza, in her capacity as chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Supreme Council of Health and Vice Chairperson of the Supreme Committee of Health at that time.The opening ceremony also featured addresses by Dr Abdullatif al-Khal, deputy chief medical officer, HMC and co-chair of the forum; Kedar Mate and Dr Don Berwick. They highlighted the importance of a sustained commitment to quality and safety in healthcare to deliver the best patient outcomes.The other speakers at the 2024 forum included Dr Amelia Latu Afuhaamango Tuipulotu, chief nursing officer of the World Health Organisation and Jason Caldwell, world record breaking ocean rower and endurance athlete.The 2024 edition of the forum is focused on five learning tracks for the attendees: Quality and Safety; Population Health; Leadership and Innovation in Healthcare; Applied Improvement and, Person-Centred Care.Over the last 10 years, the forum has driven quality improvement and transformation across the healthcare landscape and has seen 26,000 attendees over the decade of the event; 444,000 professional education learning hours for healthcare professionals and 800 expert speakers form Qatar, the region and internationally.There is also an accompanying poster presentation and an exhibition at the forum which will conclude Sunday.
The Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Kyriakos Mitsotakis left Doha on Saturday following a working visit to the country.Mitsotakis and the accompanying delegation were seen off upon departure at Hamad International Airport by HE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi, HE the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Hellenic Republic Ali bin Khalfan Al Mansouri, and the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to the State of Qatar Ioannis Ioannidis.