Posted on September 17, 2013

International Bank of Qatar (ibq) yesterday announced its support to this year’s “A Flower Each Spring” programme, which is held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. The 15th annual event organised by Qatari NGO, Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC), features a calendar of activities designed to familiarise the local community with the traditional flora of Qatar in its natural environment, and educate them about the importance of preservation and environment sustainability.

The ‘Thilooth’ flower has been chosen as the flower of 2013, and over the coming months, FEC will organise a series of events. As part of this programme, activity camps and weekly environmental events will be held, where all segments of the community especially children and young adults will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and workshops such as recycling and will be given the chance to learn more about the vegetation and wildlife of Qatar …etc.

Jabra Ghandour

The Thilloth (halocnemum strobilaceumhas) is a shrub that grows in the littoral salt marshes along the shores of Qatar and the Gulf, and is most common in south-west Qatar. This plant is also native to several other Middle Eastern and North African countries including, Syria, Afghanistan and Morocco as well as parts of China, Asia and Europe.


Jabra Ghandour, Managing Director, ibq said: “We are delighted to announce our support for FEC’s ‘A Flower Each Spring’ programme. As a community caring bank, we are fully aligned with the programme’s objective to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our environment by educating both youth and adults about the existing local flora and its importance to nature.”  

Dr. Saif Ali Al-Hajari (pictured), Chairman and Founder of Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC), and the head of the organising committee of “A Flower Each Spring programme” said: “A Flower Each Spring programme is aimed at educating the local community about the native flora of Qatar, while help spreading awareness of the importance of conservation. Additionally, it seeks to encourage efforts to contribute to sustainable development and protection of natural resources”. Dr. Al-Hajari also thanked ibq for their continued support.