Under the auspices of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Ministry of Culture and Sports celebrated the conclusion of the events of Doha the Capital of Islamic Youth, and the delivery of the key to Capital of Bangladesh Dhaka.
Dhaka will thus become the capital of Islamic youth for 2020.
The ceremony was held at Doha Exhibition and Conference Center (DECC) on the sidelines of the 30th edition of the Doha International Book Fair. HE Minister of Culture and Sports Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali attended the event, along with HE President of Planning and Statistics Authority Dr. Saleh bin Mohammad Al Nabit, HE Minister of Youth and Sports of Bangladesh Zahid Ahsan Russell, President of Islamic Conference Youth Forum Taha Ayhan, and a number of ranking officials on youth from Jordan, Palestine, and Kuwait. A number of ambassadors accredited by the state attended the ceremony as guests.
The Ministry of Culture and Sports stressed, in a speech read by Mohammed Al Fuhaida to mark the occasion, that Doha will remain a capital for all youth-related initiatives, expressing its appreciation of the success of all of 2019 events. The ministry noted that the Doha events will conclude today, after strong participation from Muslim youth from all over the world throughout the year. The ministry's statement stressed that the event enhanced the status of Qatari youth due to the trust of the wise leadership and the role they are playing in realising Qatar National Vision 2030.
For his part, Ayhan thanked Qatar for hosting the event, praising the role the country played in helping Muslim youth improve their skills. He stressed that the conference looks forward to further cooperation with the Qatar in the coming project.
Afterwards, President of Islamic Conference Youth Forum announced Dhaka as the Capital of Islamic Youth for 2020.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of the Doha-The Capital of Islamic Youth, Minister of Youth and Sports in Bangladesh Zahid Hasan Russell expressed his pleasure at attending the closing ceremony, while thanking the Qatar and the Islamic Youth Forum for organizing this event. He noted the strong ties between Bangladesh and Qatar, which hosts a large number of his country's workers, adding that the cooperation with Qatar is in a number of areas such as health, sports and culture, and has been strengthened in recent years. He expressed his heartfelt congratulations to Qatar on hosting World Cup 2022 which will take place for the first time in an Islamic country.
Russell added that the Islamic Youth Forum is an important platform for cooperation between Islamic countries and that Bangladesh has a good relationship with all countries of the Islamic world, pointing out that a busy program will be presented during the activities of Dhaka-The Capital of Islamic Youth in cooperation with the Islamic Youth Forum.
During the event, HE Minister of Culture and Sports Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali presented the awards of the Doha-The Capital of Islamic Youth, which include the Doha Prize for Youth Innovation in its three tracks, namely the winners of the short film category, the winners of the visual arts category and the winners in the category of photography.
In recognition of its efforts in supporting and empowering Muslim youth, Qatar received the key of Doha-The Capital of Islamic Youth in March 2019 during the closing ceremony of Al Quds-The Capital of Islamic Youth 2018 that was held in Ankara, Turkey.
The Doha-The Capital of Islamic Youth 2019, which were held under the motto 'Youth is power of the nation', included several events, most notably the launch of the Doha Prize for Youth Innovation and the presentation of a number of events, the organization of the Doha Muslim Youth Forum and the organization of the Doha Oasis for Innovation and the hosting of the Doha youth camp for volunteer and humanitarian work.
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