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4 January 2018 10:40 am

Nama showcases projects at Qatar ExxonMobil Open

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The Social Development Center “NAMA” (an affiliated Center of Qatar Foundation for Social Work) is exhibiting seven projects that have been enriched by its incubator services, in the market being held on the sidelines of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2018. The projects that represent ventures of young Qataris into small and micro enterprises are being promoted at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Al Dafna, from 4.30pm-10pm, until January 6.

Pointing out the significance of the event, Mrs Maryam Bint Abdullatif Al-Mannai, Acting Executive Manager of NAMA Center, said: "Through its outstanding participation in this market, NAMA Center seeks to support and promote sustainable development efforts by endorsing small and micro enterprises, encouraging the community to move forward in entrepreneurship, and paving the way for creative entrepreneurs to successfully launch their businesses and achieve their desired goals.

We thank the Qatar Tennis Federation for their continued support of the Center’s strategic directions, and for providing us with free spaces for the promotion of these projects. We also call upon all members and entities of our society to support such projects, so we can all contribute towards the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.”

Through its participation in such events, NAMA Center seeks to support projects that benefit from its entrepreneurial services, and enable owners to carry out successful business activities by making the best use of the services, as well as monitor strengths and weaknesses in order to improve these projects. It also aims to improve performance and quality, and enhance local production in Qatar through direct interaction with the public. Such activities contribute towards the larger goal of developing human capital, thus promoting the development, prosperity and sustainability of the Qatari economy.

A young entrepreneur - whose participation in the market was related to perfumes, creams, and natural mixtures - expressed her gratitude to NAMA Center for incubating her project. “NAMA Center has been extremely supportive and encouraging of my project. Whenever an event is held in Doha, NAMA Centre invites me to participate, and also follows up to provide me with the support I need to help improve my business,” she said.

Testimony to NAMA Center’s commitment towards helping the incubator initiative, are the varied products offered by the projects at the market, including food, souvenirs, artwork, photography, perfumes, and incense, among others.

NAMA Center has made it a priority to participate in several events this year, including the upcoming Qatar Total Open 2018, the women’s tennis tournament starting February 12. At this event, NAMA Center aims to display and promote the products of a number of innovative incubator projects, shed more light on the reality of entrepreneurship in Qatar, and introduce its unique entrepreneurial services to the broadest possible community.

NAMA Center was established in 1996 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser with a vision of achieving human and social development in the State of Qatar. The Center aims to provide a stimulating environment that contributes to realising the potential and creativity of the nation’s youth, by investing in their aspirations and helping them explore the best opportunities available, leading to the renaissance of local communities.

"By youth and with youth, we shape our stances toward Qatar"

The Center has been working under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW) since 2013. NAMA Center is a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Arab Network for NGOs and the World Family Organization (WFO).

Title image courtesy by NAMA Centre