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On the occasion of Europe Day, the European Union Member-State Embassies based in Qatar have organized, with Qatari authorities, an event linked to the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. This event was a panel discussion entitled: Where the Past Meets the Future: Working Together to preserve our Cultural Heritage”.

The event has been co-sponsored by EU Member-State Embassies in Qatar, with the support of EUNIC (the European cultural cluster in Doha), in partnership with the Qatar National Library (QNL) during the current Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It has been accompanied by an exhibition of GIFs drawn from European libraries collections, displayed on digital touch screens at QNL.

Dr. Sohair Westawy, Executive Director of Qatar National Library and Mr. Omran Hamad Al Kuwari, Executive Director of the CEO Office, Qatar Foundation have done an introduction about the meaning of heritage and the importance to preserve it.

Before the conference, Hala Al-Emadi, winner of the Qatar Adult Cup at the Qatar National Music Competition, has played a musical interlude on piano.

Then each panelist has answered to the questions of Mona Hamed Hussain, Director of Legal Affairs, Qatar Museums and moderator of this event, and highlighted the heritage issues they face during their daily work.

Panel members were:

  • Anna Paolini, Director, UNESCO Representative in the Arab States of Gulf & Yemen
  • Dr Farhan Sakal, Head of Archaeological Operations, Qatar Museums
  • Mr Stephane Ipert, Acting Director of the Heritage Library & Manager of Conservation & Preservation, Qatar National Library
  • Mr Kees Wieringa, Director of Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum

This successful event brought to light the work of Qatari institutions together with European institutions to preserve our heritage. Nearby two hundred participants, inclunding a dozen of European ambassadors, were presents and the audience, who has many questions, has appreciated the discussions.