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Posted On: 5 May 2009 08:47 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Mingling with Sheikha Mozah

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Students at Qatar Foundation’s Education City recently posed with H H Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned for the third Annual Education City Student Group Photo Shoot at the Education City Ceremonial Court. The Ceremonial Court was abuzz with activity at 5.30am on March 30 as everybody started preparing for the photo shoot: Security guards were stationed at the front of the Ceremonial Court, checking bags, containers and equipment being carried to the court; cleaners vacuumed the carpeted wide stage with around 20 steps, where the students and Sheikha Mozah sat, and which was specially built for the occasion; caterers and waiters brought cases of food, beverage, plates and glasses to the area set up for light snacks for the guests after the photo shoot; and, of course, there were the photographer and his assistants. Maher Attar, Photo Library Manager at the Office of Sheikha Mozah, and her official photographer, started setting up his camera, a Linhof Technorama 617 S III — which is what people think of first when they talk about serious panorama cameras — at around 6am, with his five assistants taking care of the other details. “This is an annual group photo shoot of the Qatar Foundation students with Sheikha Mozah, and this is the third year that I have taken the photo. The students are growing in number each year,” said Attar, while placing sacks filled with sand on the tripod to make it stay put. More than 1,800 students posed with Sheikha Mozah in the photo shoot, which comprised the students of all the schools and universities at Qatar Foundation: Qatar Academy, Qatar Al Khor, Qatar Leadership Academy, The Learning Centre, Academic Bridge Programme, the Virginia Commonwealth University-Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Texas A&M University-Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University-Qatar, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, the Faculty of Islamic Studies and the Northwestern University-Qatar. “Three years ago, there were only around 1,600 students who posed with Sheikha Mozah for the group photo, and then it grew in number in the second year — around 1,700, and now we have more than 1,800,” said Attar. Attar said they were planning to enter this year’s group photo in the Guinness Book of World Records under the category: “The Largest Number of Students in a Group Photo.” “We have already registered… and we’ll see, next year, I hope we can break it.” To become a Guinness World Record Holder, one has to register at the Guinness website, which is free of charge. Once registered, the person can then make a record application, check the progress of the person’s claim, check the status of the record applied for, and make a new claim. To make a record application, one has to complete the online application form at the Guinness website. After the photo shoot, Her Highness interacted with the students and discussed with them their experiences at their respective schools and universities.