Marhaba was at Al Amal Charity Fashion Show, which took place on Friday 8 March 2013, at Multipurpose Hall of Aspire Ladies Fitness Club. Here’s a look at what Marhaba saw:


Initiated by Fatma Ghanem, a young Libyan fashion designer residing in Qatar, the event was designed as an effort to raise awareness about cancer patients in Qatar and collect funds for National Center for Cancer Care & Research, former known as Al Amal Hospital. Through The Youth Company (TYC), a social enterprise for youth development in Qatar, Ghanem along with Fahad Abdul Rasheed, the Project Manager, put together Al Amal Charity Fashion Show as part of Al Amal Cancer Awareness Campaign. For the show, Ghanem designed a unique collection of abayas, reflecting the ‘The soul of the 60’s’ – the theme of the show.

Fatma Ghanem - Fashion Designer, Fahad Abdul Rasheed - Project Manager, Mohamed Farid - Chairman of The Youth Company
(Left to right): Fatma Ghanem, Fahad Abdul Rasheed and Mohamed Farid, the Chairman of The Youth Company

‘They [abayas] were very nice in comparison to other fashion shows I’ve been too where they were showing abayas. Even though it had a 60s theme, it’s so modern,’ said Corinne Lara from Switzerland, one of the guests, about Ghanem’s abayas. Commenting on the initiative, she says, ‘It’s excellent and very necessary here that woman should think about it more and also go and have screenings done.’

‘I know Fatma and since she began, she’s been perfect. Every thing she does is nice and perfect. It’s new. You don’t see abayas that look like a dress and an abaya at the same time. It’s really nice. I like that style,’ said Salma Ahmed from Sudan, also one of the guest at the fashion show.

The show was attended by approximately 150 men and women of at least 10 different nationalities. Besides the fashion show, guests watched musical performances by young singers in Qatar and an exhibition of photographs and paintings by local artists. During their speeches, Fiona, Director of National Cancer Program, and Rajaa Hammoud, Assistant Executive Director of Nursing Services at National Center for Cancer Care & Research, advised the audience to stop smoking, keep active lifestyle, eat healthy food and not to hesitate to visit doctor in case of any disturbing symptoms.

To conclude the event, the exhibited photographs and paintings were auctioned along with two of Ghanem’s showcased abayas. All the collected funds will be donated to National Center for Cancer Care & Research through Qatar Charity.

For more information on the event, please go to our pre-event blog post Local Fashion Designer Help Raise Cancer Awareness!

For The Youth Company’s upcoming events, visit TYC’s website!


Author: Ola Diab