Under the patronage of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, activities of “Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021” will kick off on March 8.
The year-long activities will be held under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, in cooperation with the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, and the strategic partners in the State, namely the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, Qatar Museums and the Cultural Village Foundation – Katara.
ICESCO selected Doha to be the Capital of Culture in the Islamic World for the year 2021 given its ancient history and legacy, the civilizational components and landmarks in the State of Qatar that reflect the Islamic character, and based on the fact that Doha is considered a venue for dialogue, cultures and openness to civilizations. Dohas hosting of this Islamic event promotes the bonds of friendship and respect between the State of Qatar and countries of the world, in particular the Islamic world, and constitutes an opportunity to highlight the State’s cultural diversity and historic monuments, and the human values of Qatar’s culture and its ancient history.
The activities of Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021 seek to promote the eternal Islamic values, especially those based on science and human dignity; promote the Islamic cultural heritage in an interconnected world; encourage creativity and innovation as civilized values that enrich the Islamic civilization; inspire the new generations in the Islamic world to enrich the global cultural scene through a productive and effective role; focus on cultural diversity as an added value for Islamic countries and the Islamic culture in general; and introduce the cultural experience of the State of Qatar and its efforts in promoting the Islamic culture.
General coordinator of the celebration Hamad Al Athba said that choosing Doha to a capital of the Islamic culture was the result of meeting the conditions that make it a shining Islamic beacon in the sky of the Arab and Islamic world. The State of Qatar is interested in the Islamic heritage in particular, and archaeological heritage and history in general, through the restoration of a number of archaeological areas in the country and paying attention to them, in addition to its constant endeavor to find historic and Islamic artifacts that highlight the Islamic monuments in the past centuries, as is the case in the Museum of Islamic Art.
He underlined that choosing Doha is a recognition of its cultural and Islamic heritage, in addition to its civilizational contributions with the various cultural and Islamic monuments it embraces which represent a testament to its nobility, the authenticity of its people, and the cultural richness saturated with eternal Islamic monuments that characterize Doha.
Athba noted that the program prepared by the Ministry of Culture and Sports in cooperation with the strategic partners and participating bodies aims at promoting and developing a new tourism pattern based on investing in Dohas architectural heritage in attracting visitors from Islamic countries to see the beauty of its landmarks. The program also aims to attract citizens in Arab and Islamic countries to discover the historic Islamic monuments in the various cities of the State of Qatar, which include landmarks classified on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
He added that Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021 comes in conjunction with the continuous preparations to host 2022 Qatar World Cup and the construction boom country has witnessed in a short period in various fields, especially in the infrastructure, providing a model in building the society and the state.