Qatar National Library (QNL), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), is set to hold its 3rd Heritage Collection Open Day aimed at further celebrating Qatar’s cultural heritage.

The two-day event, on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 April 2015, will be held at QNL’s Heritage Collection Building at 71 Al Maha Street in Al Luqta, and showcase precious items including historical manuscripts and books. The event, which also celebrates World Heritage Day, will run from 2 pm to 7 pm.

Project Director of QNL, Dr Claudia Lux, said:

The Heritage Collection Open Day 2015 will showcase some of the most inspiring and pivotal moments in Qatar’s history. In line with QNL’s efforts to further enrich the existing Heritage Collection, newly acquired items showcasing the progression of Arab cinema will also be unveiled this year. As a member of QF, QNL is committed to preserving national history by acquiring and housing some of the most valuable precious items in its Heritage Collection. Building on last year’s success, we are expecting increased participation and look forward to welcoming everybody.’

Themed ‘Wagten Geda (times gone by), it will also provide Qatar’s community with the opportunity to view rare historical collections and witness the unveiling of the newly-acquired Arabic Cinema Collection.

Open to the public, ‘Open Day 2015’ will host tours every 40 minutes, taking visitors through the unique collection comprising some of the rarest and most valuable texts and manuscripts related to Arab-Islamic civilisation, including a wide range of historical texts, manuscripts, traveller’s instruments, globes and maps.

In keeping with its commitment to support QF’s mission to foster a progressive society, while preserving the nation’s heritage, QNL bridges Qatar’s past and future through knowledge. Acquired by QF in 2006, the Collection is now an integral part of QNL. The Collection attracts intellects and diplomats from across the world and has welcomed many high profile visitors, among them HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, who visited the Collection in February 2014.

Founded in the early 1980s as part of HE Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani’s vision to create, and make accessible, a landmark repository of Qatar and regional history in the heart of Doha, the Heritage Collection is a unique contribution to Qatar’s cultural landscape. Specifically, the Collection’s Early Arabic printing section contains some of the first Arabic books printed on presses in Shweir (Lebanon), Aleppo (Syria), Mosul (Iraq), Bulaq (Egypt) and in the Hijaz (Saudi Arabia). The Collection is home to more than 2,400 manuscripts including Qur’ānic manuscripts and other texts dealing with religious topics, manuscripts on the Arabic language, medicine, pharmacology, and astronomy. The Collection also holds a large number of books written in foreign languages including writings by European travellers and explorers who visited the Arabia Gulf Region and its surrounding.

The QNL registration team will also be onsite during ‘Open Day 2015’ to assist members of the public with online registration that provides users free access to a wide range of valuable online learning resources available through its website: www.qnl.qa to learn more.