Posted on February 25, 2018

Qatar University (QU) students from 11 nationalities came together to celebrate the QU’s diversity of backgrounds and traditions in the 11th annual Cultural Village. The theme of this year’s event is “A Story From My Country”.

Organized by QU’s Student Activities Department on February 25-March 1, the event aims to bring students together to celebrate and share their culture, heritage and traditions. It is also an opportunity for students to unlock their potential and demonstrate their teamwork, volunteerism and interpersonal relations skills. The festival was opened yesterday by QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham, QU VP for student Affairs Dr Khalid Al-Khanji and QU Director of Student Services & Activities Mr Abdulla Al-Yafei in the presence of Section Head of QU Events & Campus Activities Ms Salwa Zainel, and QU leaders, staff, faculty, students and members of the wider community.

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The 5-day event, which is held in the Activities Buildings on the male and female campus, featured 21 booths representing Qatar, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Korea, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. It also included exhibitions and a number of cultural activities such as shows featuring cultural and folkloric displays, theater and dance performances, traditional costumes shows, exhibitions, art, poetry, food, singing and music. Commenting on the event, Dr Hassan Al Derham said: “This cultural event highlights QU’s commitment to bridge the cultural gap between students who come from different countries around the globe. Themed "A Story From My Country", this year’s edition showcases QU’s diversity of backgrounds and traditions.”

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Dr Khalid Al-Khanji said: “The annual Cultural Village is a significant event on the QU calendar as it highlights the heritage of many countries across the world. It is also an important opportunity to showcase the many cultural aspects of each participating country such as literature, music, singing, customs and handicrafts.” Ms Salwa Zainel said: “The Cultural Village event aims to encourage the students to contribute to various cultural events, to unlock their potential and to reach their goals and aspirations. The event also reflects QU’s commitment to create a spirit of cultural exchange among students.”

QU College of Engineering student and participant in the Syrian booth Anas Mahmoud said: “Through participating in the Cultural Village event, we highlight the Syrian customs and culture. Our booth will include a wide range of surprising activities.”