Welcome to #QatariLitMonth

The Essence of Qatar

Al Zubara Fort

I am thrilled to start with you this month’s journey where you will take a glimpse of the nation of Qatar. I have been invited to be the guest editor for July to share with you stories from my beloved country. For those who don’t know much about Qatar; I am sure that by the end of this month you will have a rich knowledge about what’s happening in Qatar. My small-in-size-country has taken giant steps in its human, social, economic, and environmental development, and it’s changing every day.

Driven by the Qatar National Vision 2030, Qatar is fulfilling the prosperity and well being of all people living on its generous soil. This influenced the development of its cultural and intellectual sectors as well. Qatar established various museums and cultural institutions to preserve its heritage and share the legacy of the country with the world.  We also have the newest national library of this century, Qatar National Library, with its award-winning building design built by the Dutch architect Rem Kolhass . I am so proud to have witnessed the opening of this remarkable library and how it transformed the library sector in both Qatar and the region – you will learn more about it in future posts!

Doha skyline

Everyone that lives in Qatar has a story to tell about it. This is why I have invited my colleagues and friends to contribute to this month’s blog by sharing their stories and perspectives. I would love for you to learn from our different standpoints. I will take you with my colleagues through Qatari traditions, skylines, souqs, museums, deserts, masjids, beaches, books and more.

Until then, please check the below links for more information about the State of Qatar.

Hope you enjoy it!

https://www.britannica.com/place/Qatar

https://www.visitqatar.qa/en/home

Images Source: Wikipedia

Introduction By

Abeer S. Al-Kuwari

Abeer S. Al-Kuwari works as director of Research and Learning Services at the newly established Qatar National Library (QNL). Abeer’s work focuses on engaging library researchers in the Qatari community to explore archival and libraries as Memory institutions and documentary heritage. She is a founding member of the Library and Information Association in Qatar (LIA-Q), which was established in 2014.

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