Posted on October 15, 2014

Vodafone Qatar has been named “Exclusive Sponsor” of Qatar’s first National Identity Seminar, taking place on the 20th and 21st of October 2014. The seminar is organized by the Qatar Heritage and Identity Center, under the patronage of HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior in Qatar. The event will take place at Al Sharq Village & Spa in Doha between 9.00 am and 11.00 am and will see a line-up of prestigious speakers from Qatar and abroad discussing major topics pertaining to the significance of conserving a country’s national identity.

National identity is a core element of any community, and increasingly important as societies respond to globalization and the internet age. It has become imperative to shed greater light on the values embodied in the Qatari national identity, and more broadly, the traditions represented by the Arab identity. Mr. Mohammed Al Yami, Director of External Affairs at Vodafone Qatar, said: “We realize the importance of our Qatari identity and its unique heritage, and aim through this sponsorship to help preserve and promote its values and principles. Vodafone Qatar’s support for everything Qatari has been a central part of our mission since we were founded.” 

The seminar will tackle subjects such as the Qatari identity as a priority within the Qatar National Vision 2030; family and identity; demographical effect on identity and the role of population dynamics; and the media’s take on identity. In addition, the seminar will showcase successful case studies of the preservation of national identity from Japan and Oman. H.E. Saleh Mohammad Al Nabit, Qatari Minister of Development Planning and Statistics will open the seminar with a key note speech on the national identity in light of the Qatar National Vision 2030.

The first day of the seminar will also feature speeches from Dr. Maysara Taher, Manager of Beit Al Mashoora Psychological Consultancy, on family and identity, and Dr. Kaltham Al Ghanem, Manager of the Human and Social Sciences Centre, in addition to a showcase of successful preservation of national identity from Japan and Oman. Former Kuwaiti Minister of Information, H.E. Dr. Saad Bin Tefla will open the second day with a speech on the effect of traditional and modern media on identity, followed by speeches from Dr. Fatima Al Suweidy, Deputy Chief of Arabic Language Department at Qatar University, on the identity and the Arabic language and Mr. Mohammed Ali Abdullah, Expert on Cultural Architecture, on identity through architecture in Qatar. 

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Dr. Khalid Youssuf Al Mulla, General Manager of the Qatar Heritage and Identity Center (QHIC), said: “QHIC has been founded under the auspices of HH Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser to revive the Qatari identity and preserve our national heritage and traditions, reinforcing the qualities of loyalty and patriotism. This seminar is one of a host of initiatives and events that will help us achieve this vision.” The Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV 2030) aims to build an advanced, knowledge-based economy that is capable of sustaining its own development, in addition to providing a high standard of living for Qatar residents. QNV 2030 defines the long-term outcomes for the country, and provides a framework through which national strategies and plans can be developed.

In support of this national objective, Vodafone organized last year two Arabic literary competitions under the title: “WITH YOUR PEN, EXPRESS YOUR LOVE TO QATAR”. These were intended to help preserve the Arabic language, encourage creative writing, and most importantly, celebrate the beauty of the written Arabic word. This initiative also demonstrates Vodafone’s commitment to the vision of HH the Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, and HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who have both reinforced the critical importance of reviving and preserving the Arabic language. The competitions saw over 100 submissions in their first year..

The greater freedoms and wider choices that accompany economic and social progress pose a challenge to deep-rooted values that remain highly cherished by society. Yet it is possible to combine modern life with values and culture, as the seminar will show. It will create a dialogue between top-tier stakeholders to promote actions that can help achieve this balance.