Qatar Museums (QM), Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) and Doha Film Institute (DFI), held an intimate VIP gala dinner at the iconic Museum of Islamic Art on Tuesday evening to celebrate and thank all of their current partners and sponsors for their continued support and contribution over the past year.

The annual dinner, hosted by Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, ROTA and the DFI, is the second event of its kind to be held by Her Excellency, with the first gala dinner for sponsors held at the end of 2015. The dinner was attended by a number of local dignitaries, VIPs, CEOs and Chairpersons from local sponsoring companies.

Mansoor bin Ebrahim Al Mahmoud, Qatar Museums’ CEO and Special Advisor to HE the Chairperson, said:

At Qatar Museums, we seek to connect and amplify the nation’s cultural institutions and heritage sites and build an exciting and creative future for Qatar. At the heart of this is our commitment to helping Qatar originate art, culture and heritage experiences from within.’

‘This is an ambition that we cannot deliver successfully without the support of our partners and sponsors, and I would like to thank them profusely on behalf of QM for their continued involvement. Our sponsors and partners help us to fulfil our ambitions, bring people together and enrich the lives of all those who live in and visit Qatar.’

Essa Al Mannai, ROTA Executive Director said:

ROTA is honoured to have a host of sponsors whose ongoing support is integral to the success of our programmes. Over the years, our valued sponsors have enabled us to advance our numerous educational initiatives that provide marginalised communities and underprivileged youth in the region and Asia with access to quality education.’

‘We would like to express our gratitude to our esteemed sponsors and partners for their unwavering commitment to empowering thousands of youths to reach their full potential and shape their communities.’

Fatma Al Remaihi, Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute, said:

At the Doha Film Institute, we focus on nurturing the talents of our youth through wide-ranging initiatives that support the development of film professionals in the country. Our annual Ajyal Youth Film Festival today serves as a strong platform for our youth to discover global cultures and actively engage in a creative and educational environment. It also provides significant insights into our region by presenting our stories to the world. We are thankful to all the sponsors and partners for their unwavering support to our activities for the development of globally minded future citizens.  Through their partnership, they are contributing to shaping the next generation of local talent, advancing the regional creative industries and enhancing Doha’s reputation as a regional hub for film.’

Qatar Museums’ sponsors include: International Bank of Qatar; Occidental Petroleum of Qatar; Qatar Airways; Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co.; Ooredoo; Ali Bin Ali Group; Seashore Group; Qatar Petroleum, Shangri-La Hotel and Vodafone Qatar.

ROTA sponsors include: Qatar Financial Center; Occidental Petroleum of Qatar, Qatar Charity; QNCC; Muntajat; Al Shaqab; HSBC; Al Majed Jewellery; Qatar Rail; ExxonMobil; Qatar First Bank (QFB); The Social & Sport Contribution Fund; Ghanim Al Muftah; Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim; Mr Rashid Nasser Al Ka’abi; Mr Wissam Al Mana; Zohour Al Fardan; Al Fardan; Al Faleh Group.

DFI sponsors include: Giffoni; Sarajevo Film Festival; Katara; Oxy Qatar; Souq Waqif; United Development Company; Qatar Tourism Authority; Darwish Holding (Fifty One East, Sony, FNAC); Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel; Elan / Novo; Kempinski Marsa Malaz; Translation and Interpreting Institute; French Embassy; MAC; Al Faisal Holding; Vodafone Qatar; Aspire Katara Hospitality; Al Nazih Trading; Katara Hall; Tarsheed; Makeup District; Dana Water; Northwestern University Qatar; Qatar Living; See My Culture; Al Jazeera Network; Qatar TV; I Love Qatar; Screen International; Festival Scope; British Council and MBC.

All sponsors honoured at the gala dinner have provided long-term support to a number of initiatives spearheaded by QM, ROTA and DFI in Qatar and across Asia, including the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture, an initiative that aims to forge new partnerships between Qatar and the world and the “Fire Station: Artist in Residence” programme, that helps inspire an indigenous culture of creativity and innovation in Qatar.