Posted on March 13, 2015
Six young and promising writers of Qatar were honoured at Vodafone's second edition of the Literary Competition held under the auspices of Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage HE Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz al Kuwari in Doha on Thursday, Qatar Tribune said.
The competition, titled 'I treated you with honesty, guidance and integrity', which comes from a verse in a poem written by Qatar's founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed al Thani, was launched on December 14, 2014 in line with the theme of the last Qatar National Day celebrations. Present at the event was Dr Kuwari, Chairman of Vodafone Qatar Sheikh Dr Khalid bin Thani al Thani, and Chief Executive Officer Kyle Whitehill. They handed over the trophies and certificates to the winners in addition to appreciation mementos to those who ensured that the initiative achieved resounding success.
The ceremony also witnessed an outstanding performance by award winning sand drawing artist Shaima al Mughairy and a poem by writer Mohammed Yacoub al Yousef inspired by the competition's title. Speaking on the occasion Mohammed al Yami, director of External Affairs at Vodafone Qatar, said "What started as a humble idea to play a role in reviving and preserving the heritage of Qatar which is key to the Qatar National Vision 2030, now in its 2nd year, Vodafone's Literary Competition has undoubtedly grown to become a successful means to preserve the Arabic language and encourage creative writing which are important threads of our Arab culture and tradition."

"In addition, it is very meaningful that this competition, which annually coincides with our beloved country's National Day, is giving both citizens and residents a means to express their love for this great nation," Yami added. "We're very proud of the response and praise this initiative has gained from both Qatar's literary experts and the public which motivates us to grow this competition bigger and better each year. We are also extremely grateful for the support and encouragement we have received from HE Kuwari," he concluded.
Meanwhile, the winners in Story Collection category of the competition were Alaa Abdelmonem Ibrahim, Usama Abdelfatah al Shazly and Shamaa Shaheen al Kuwari who bagged the first, second and third place consisting of a cash prize of QR50,000, QR30,000 and QR20,000 respectively. In the Short Story category, the winners included Hajaj Ramadan Nassar, Mohammed Saif el Dawla and Ahmed Ibrahim Abualala who won the first, second and third prizes comprising a cash prize of QR20,000, QR15,000 and QR10,000 respectively.