Vodafone Qatar has been named ‘Exclusive Sponsor’ of Qatar’s first National Identity Seminar, taking place on 20 and 21 October 2014 at Sharq Village & Spa in Doha from 9 am to 11 am.
Organised by the Qatar Heritage and Identity Center (QHIC), under the patronage of HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior in Qatar, the seminar will see a line-up of prestigious speakers from Qatar and abroad discussing major topics pertaining to the significance of conserving a country’s national identity.
General Manager of QHIC, Dr Khalid Youssuf Al Mulla, said:
QHIC has been founded under the auspices of HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser to revive the Qatari identity and preserve our national heritage and traditions, reinforcing the qualities of loyalty and patriotism. This seminar is one of a host of initiatives and events that will help us achieve this vision.’
National identity is a core element of any community, and increasingly important as societies respond to globalisation and the internet age. It has become imperative to shed greater light on the values embodied in the Qatari national identity, and more broadly, the traditions represented by the Arab identity.
Director of External Affairs at Vodafone Qatar, Mohammed Al Yami, said:
We realise the importance of our Qatari identity and its unique heritage, and aim through this sponsorship to help preserve and promote its values and principles. Vodafone Qatar’s support for everything Qatari has been a central part of our mission since we were founded.’
The seminar will tackle subjects such as the Qatari identity as a priority within the Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV 2030); family and identity; demographical effect on identity and the role of population dynamics; and the media’s take on identity. In addition, the seminar will showcase successful case studies of the preservation of national identity from Japan and Oman.
HE Saleh Mohammad Al Nabit, Qatari Minister of Development Planning and Statistics will open the seminar with a key note speech on the national identity in light of QNV 2030. The first day of the seminar will also feature speeches from Dr Maysara Taher, Manager of Beit Al Mashoora Psychological Consultancy, on family and identity, and Dr Kaltham Al Ghanem, Manager of the Human and Social Sciences Centre, in addition to a showcase of successful preservation of national identity from Japan and Oman.
Former Kuwaiti Minister of Information, HE Dr Saad bin Tefla will open the second day with a speech on the effect of traditional and modern media on identity, followed by speeches from Dr Fatima Al Suweidy, Deputy Chief of Arabic Language Department at Qatar University, on the identity and the Arabic language and Mohammed Ali Abdullah, Expert on Cultural Architecture, on identity through architecture in Qatar.
QNV 2030 aims to build an advanced, knowledge-based economy that is capable of sustaining its own development, in addition to providing a high standard of living for Qatar residents. QNV 2030 defines the long-term outcomes for the country, and provides a framework through which national strategies and plans can be developed.
The greater freedoms and wider choices that accompany economic and social progress pose a challenge to deep-rooted values that remain highly cherished by society. Yet it is possible to combine modern life with values and culture, as the seminar will show. It will create a dialogue between top-tier stakeholders to promote actions that can help achieve this balance.