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Posted On: 5 October 2012 04:51 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:12 pm

Qatar Week: Ferjaan in Tokyo concludes

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Qatar Week: Ferjaan in Tokyo’, an event celebrating 40 years of ties between Qatar and Japan, has concluded on a high-note. The event, organised by Qatar Museums Authority drew an estimated 5,000 visitors per day. A busy programme of events offered valuable cultural insights, and underscored the friendship between the two nations. The week got off to a fitting start at an opening ceremony hosted by QMA CEO Mansoor al-Khater, and attended by dignitaries, who included guests of honour Princess Takamado and HE Abdulla bin Hamad al-Attiya, member of Qatar Museums Authority Board of Trustees and chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority in Qatar. The event, which was held in Tokyo’s popular Roppongi Hills, drew a constant flow of visitors who were eager to discover more about Qatar. Many were fascinated to witness a full-scale reconstruction of a traditional Qatari souq in the heart of Japan’s capital city. Crowds enjoyed a diverse daily programme, which included everything from movie screenings and music, to artists and the opportunity to taste Qatari specialty products. Traditional performances such as the Qatari sword dance, known as the ‘Ardah’ and live oud recitals were also very popular. A number of key Qatari organisations were active in sharing insights into Qatar through a series of interactive booths, presentations and workshops. Representatives of the organisations wore national dress and mingled with visitors answering questions about Qatar. ‘Qatar Week: Ferjaan in Tokyo’ defined the spirit of Qatar Japan 2012, a year-long series of events celebrating 40 years of friendship between Qatar and Japan. The five-day event drew thousands of Japanese in an atmosphere of celebration that tangibly did much to deepen understanding and synergy between the two nations. Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), a participant in ‘Qatar Week: Ferjaan Tokyo’, served the Japanese audience traditional Qatari cuisine. QTA’s contribution to Ferjaan added great value in showcasing the rich heritage of Qatar, highlighting its business, sports, leisure and culture sectors. Qatar was strongly represented by a host of strategic partners, including the Ministry of Culture Arts and Heritage, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Japan in Qatar, Embassy of the State of Qatar in Japan, Qatar Airways, Doha Film Institute, Katara, Ministry of Business & Trade, Qatar 2022, Qatar Foundation and Reach Out to Asia. Issa M al-Mohannadi, chairman of QTA said the various activities that everyone brought to Ferjaan helped to reflect the essence of Qatar’s rich culture and unmatched heritage. “We believe that this week has helped bring Qatar and Japan closer together and strengthen the ties between the two nations.”