Over the past month, Qatar Foundation’s (QF) diverse Ramadan schedule has brought together thousands of members of the local community to enjoy a range of cultural, spiritual and sporting activities. As part of this endeavour, QF delivered a holistic programme aimed at enriching the lives of residents, while promoting community and personal development.
Khalifa Al Kubaisi, Head of Press Office, Qatar Foundation said:
One of the most significant aspects of Ramadan includes a heightened spirit of social belonging and unity. QF has worked hard to organise and facilitate an interesting array of events that aim to create a lasting and deeper sense of community in Qatar.’
‘We wanted to provide Qatari residents with the opportunity to learn and grow during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Thanks to a collective QF team effort, we were able to ensure there was something for everyone, and we are delighted the community turned out in such strong numbers to enjoy our events and activities.’
The true spiritual essence of Ramadan was captured and celebrated at multiple QF venues. The Education City and Msheireb Mosques attracted crowds for daily prayer, and offered lessons after Duhr, Terawih and Asr prayer. Members of the local community were additionally invited to break their fast after Maghreb prayer at the Education City mosque and celebrate Iftar together.
Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS), a college of Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), provided lectures on many thought provoking topics. The QFIS talks were posted on YouTube and translated into English; they were also signed for deaf worshippers to ensure diverse community needs were catered for.
To further celebrate Ramadan, QF organised a series of cultural events showcasing the region’s heritage and traditions. As always, QF’s Garangao festivities proved hugely popular with more than 5,000 men, women and children converging on Al Shaqab’s Indoor Arena on to enjoy traditional games and much loved pastimes for all the family, including pony rides, National Reading Campaign activities, as well as edutainment activities provided by numerous QF centres.
Qatar’s rich culture was also a central element of QF’s ‘Ramadan Festival’ at the Education City Clubhouse. The evening event involved children’s games, arts and crafts activities, henna tattoos, and festival mascots who provided entertainment for excited attendees.
To emphasise the importance of health and physical activity, QF also organised numerous sporting events to keep the community active, entertained and energised. Mohammed Al Saoud, Head of Recreation Services, QF, said:
At QF we really look forward to Ramadan as it’s an opportunity for us reach out to the community and bring people together to learn and have fun. We wanted to offer a lot of events, and, this year alone, we provided seven different sports tournaments to ensure community members stayed active and healthy.’
The Qatar Foundation Ramadan Workers Cricket Cup was specifically created for construction workers from companies across Qatar. Twenty-one teams participated, with 315 players battling it out over 35 games. The thrilling tournament ended with Toyota taking second place and Amwaj as cup winners.
Ramadan wellbeing events were also held at Oxygen Park, which played host to families and the general public every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the month. Attendees were given the chance to participate in beach volleyball, golf, playground activities for kids, football for children and adults, as well as the opportunity to stroll and run under Oxygen Park’s unique covered, air conditioned walkways during the warm evenings.
As another popular Ramadan addition, Al Shaqab organised an Equine Education Camp in its Indoor Arena for children and teenagers, which attracted and inspired a new generation of Qatari horse lovers.
For the second consecutive year, the 2016 Ramadan activities were sponsored by ASTAD. Ali Al Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer of ASTAD, project managers of Education City, said:
We continuously strive towards delivering infrastructure and buildings that reflect the development and diversification of our nation, ensuring we meet the objectives outlined in the Qatar National Vision 2030. We take pride in seeing Education City utilised for these initiatives, bringing the country closer to achieving the objectives of the QNV 2030.’
The diversity of festivities were designed with community needs in mind, to enhance recreation in a challenging yet immensely enjoyable month, and as an extension of QF’s year round commitment to community development. As such, QF’s holistic programme provided Qatari residents with a diverse and engaging platform for socialising, religious reflection and quality family time.
For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, visit qf.org.qa.