Qatar has the support of American companies in achieving the objectives of the Qatar National Vision 2030, as well as in creating employment opportunities in various sectors, according to a top US diplomat.
“From technology to education, food security, oil and gas, defence, and countless other sectors, US firms are here to support Qatar in its Vision 2030 goals and create jobs of the future with our trademark American innovation and sustainability,” said ambassador Greta Holtz, charge d’affaires of the US embassy in Qatar.
Sheikha Mayes bint Hamad al-Thani, managing director of USQBC’s Doha office
Holtz made the statement in a keynote speech during a luncheon hosted recently by the US-Qatar Business Council (USQBC) at the National Museum of Qatar in celebration of the Qatar-USA 2021 Year of Culture.
Aside from Holtz, the event featured honorary guests, including Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani, Qatar’s ambassador to the US Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad al-Thani, USQBC members, artists, and faculty representatives from Qatar-based American universities.
Sheikha Mayes bint Hamad al-Thani, managing director of USQBC’s Doha office, delivered the event’s opening remarks: “Despite the challenges caused by the pandemic, we remained virtually active by supporting our member companies and partners virtually. Today, we are celebrating the Qatar–USA 2021 Year of Culture.
She added: “And I would like to take this opportunity to thank Qatar Museums, chaired by Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani for ‘building bridges between nations.’”
Sheikh Meshal, who delivered the second keynote speech, said: “The Year of Culture engagements will promote the extension of our co-operation beyond the economic, military, and security spheres, where we have had such tremendous success, to new and promising areas, such as education and development, where our partnership is already beginning to flourish.”
He added: “Ultimately, it is my hope that the Year of Culture will help Americans and Qataris of all walks of life, from the boardroom to the factory floor, better understand what the businesses represented in this room already know: that Qatar and the United States are not just economic and security allies, but true partners and friends.”
Faculty members from prestigious American academic institutions based in Qatar also delivered speeches. Astrid Kensinger, chair of Graphic Design at the Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) School of the Arts in Qatar, presented the Qatar-USA 2021 Year of Culture logo designed by current VCU Qatar student Sara Alhelal.
Sana al-Ansari, a Qatari-American who graduated from Northwestern University in Qatar, also spoke at the event. Al-Ansari directed a short film that received a grant from Studio20Q about military service in Qatar.
Throughout the course of the event, the attendees discussed the growing bond between the US and Qatar, and how the Qatar-USA 2021 Year of Culture will further strengthen the countries’ commercial and trade relationship.