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Posted On: 13 December 2014 08:56 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 01:52 pm

QF joins National Day celebrations

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Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is participating in National Day celebrations with a tent at Darb El Saai.

Hundreds of visitors, including a delegation of young leaders from the UN Alliance of Civilisations, and representatives from European countries and the Americas took part in activities.

Comprising writers, journalists and media professionals, the group is in Qatar for three days to learn more about the country’s culture, customs and traditions to share with their communities.

“Qatar National Day brings great joy to everyone in Qatar, and Darb El Saai is helping promote patriotism among locals,” said Abdulla Ahmed Al Sada, a member of Qatar Committee for Alliance of Civilisations, who led the delegation.

“Activities are giving visitors a glimpse into QF, Education City, and Qatar’s heritage. It is a fantastic initiative.”

Hani Selim, Project Officer, Intercultural Exchange, UN Alliance of Civilisations, said: “This is my first visit to Qatar, and I am impressed by its progress. I am proud that QF, an Arab organisation, is so active in the development of education, science, research and the community.”

Emily Glen, an Irish delegate, also on her first visit, added: “We are so excited to be here to mark National Day and I am having a wonderful time. Everyone is so warm and friendly and I can’t wait to come back.

“QF is exerting great efforts and holding activities, especially for young people, and encouraging children to learn in a fun and entertaining way.

“In Ireland, we have St. Patrick’s Day, our national event, but it is nothing like this. This is great and I am getting great ideas.”

Developing the nation’s human capital is a key objective of QF in support of Qatar National Vision 2030.

The tent has a special corner for Qatar Debate, a member of QF, to encourage young people to master the art of dialogue. Discussions on education, science, research, community development and aims of National Day take place throughout the day. Al Shaqab, also a member of QF, is giving special riding and grooming lessons, as well as horse healthcare tips outside the tent in an interactive and educational setting. It allows visitors to explore the world of horses, deeply rooted in Qatari heritage.

The tent is open throughout the celebrations until December 20. Open to families, activities include a reading corner, a colouring station, and healthy living exercises.