Minister of State and Chairman of QNL, HE Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kawari with officials and guests during a book signing event held at QNL.
The Qatar National Library (QNL) has announced plans to inaugurate a distinguished monthly “Cultural Salon” later this year with the aim of carrying out cultural projects in Qatar.
This was announced by HE Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kawari, Minister of State and Chairman of QNL, during a book signing and discussion on Smedra, the first novel by Dr Abdulrahman bin Salem Al Kuwari, former Minister Health, July 6.
The event brought together some of Qatar’s top cultural, literary and media leaders, including Saad bin Mohammed Al Rumaihi, President of the Qatar Press Center; Mubarak bin Jaham Al Kuwari, former CEO of Qatar Media Corporation; Ibrahim Al Bouhachem Al Sayed, Director General of the House of Books and Publications of Dar Al Watad; and Maryam Yassin Al Hammadi, Director of Culture and Arts at the Ministry of Culture, who moderated the session with the author.
Dr. Hamad Al Kawari said, “The launch of the ‘Cultural Fair’ is consistent with the Library’s initiatives to support writers, authors and cultural opportunities. Cultural fairs have appeared earlier in the country and the library’s “cultural fair” will focus on raising contemporary issues and discussing them with educated elites in Qatar, the region and the world. »
Dr. Abdulrahman Al Kuwari’s novel Smedra perfectly blends reality and imagination, tackling and tracking down a range of social, political and intellectual issues related to human rights, based on the principles of freedom, justice and equality between people.
At the opening of the event, Dr. Al Kawari gave a welcome speech and congratulated Dr. Al Kuwari for his novel.
He also highlighted the Library’s role in welcoming writers, authors and publishers, as well as supporting them with events to showcase their outstanding work, which enriches cultural mobility in Qatar. He also said that events such as these are part of the Library’s role as a pioneer of Qatar’s cultural movement.
Meanwhile, Al Rumaihi praised Dr. Al Kuwari’s novel and his other literary contributions to poetry and short stories.
He further thanked the role of the Library in hosting such important events.
As part of the novel discussions, Al Bohashem Al Sayed talked about the honor of printing and distributing the Smedra novel and said that its Turkish translation is almost complete.
He concluded by thanking the Library for supporting literature, authors and publishers by organizing such important events.