Posted on January 28, 2015

Building on a legacy of connecting people through cultural exchanges, Qatar Museums officially launched Qatar Turkey 2015 today, during a VIP reception held at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. Attendees and speakers included the Qatari Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Dr Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, the Turkish Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Professor Ahmet Haluk Dursun, His Excellency the Qatari Ambassador in Turkey Mr. Salem Al Shafi, and the Ambassador of Turkey to Qatar His Excellency Mr Ahmet Demirok.

Held under the patronage of QM’s Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Turkey 2015 Year of Culture will be the fourth consecutive Year of Culture, following Qatar Japan 2012, Qatar UK 2013 and Qatar Brazil 2014. It will celebrate the relations between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Turkey through cultural partnerships between Qatari and Turkish organisations, institutions and individuals. An ensemble of traditional Turkish instruments set the mood for the year and entertained the one hundred VIP guests from both Turkey and Qatar as they celebrated the start of a promising year of cultural events. The delicate notes of the Turkish Tambur, Ney and violin delightfully echoed around the museum, captivating guests and bringing the sounds of Turkey to the heart of Doha.

Qatar Museums launches the Qatar 2 [].jpgReflecting on the Years of Culture in general and Qatar Turkey 2015 in particular, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani said “Culture and art support the realisation of our National Vision. The success of Qatar Brazil demonstrated just how important art and culture is in bridging between nations, connecting people and further encouraging cultural exchange. I’m excited and proud to celebrate the strong artistic heritage and links between Qatar and Turkey this year. Doing so will promote mutual understanding and strengthen our existing ties. It will also support and inspire the next generation of cultural audiences and ideas. I look forward to what promises to be an incredible year.”

Commenting on the event, Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari said: “We look forward to this Year of Culture based on the success of previous years that will feature cultural events between the Qatari and Turkish people. This platform of communication opens many doors in the cultural, sports and business arenas, which will in turn open up long-term relationships between institutions and individuals in both countries.”

Professor Ahmet Haluk Dursun, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism added: “It is a great pleasure for me to be here at this unique museum in Doha on the occasion of the opening ceremony of 2015 Turkey-Qatar Year of Culture. Doha is the glittering pearl of the Gulf, with which we have been enjoying friendly relations for 500 years.” In an exciting programme, Qatar Turkey Year of Culture events will be grouped under four main categories: Art & Culture, Community & Education, Sports and Business and Trade.

Qatar Museums launches the Qatar 3 [].jpgHis Excellency the Qatari Ambassador in Turkey Mr. Salem Al Shafi said “Relations between Qatar and Turkey are historically founded on brotherhood, mutual understanding and respect, based on the great legacy of shared history and civilization between the two peoples. We hope that the Qatar Turkey 2015 Year of Culture will highlight that the strategic nature of cultural activities between the two nations is not limited to a specific timeframe, but has a continuous legacy that will feed into the framework of strategic cooperation between the two countries.

Commenting on the event, Cultural Diplomacy Project Manager, Aisha Ghanem Al Attiya said: “We are very pleased with the participation of Turkey this year. Turkish Qatari relations are currently witnessing considerable growth and development and both countries enjoy a high degree of harmony and a well-established friendship. Our goal behind organizing the Years of Culture is paving the way for cultural exchange though world-class art exhibitions, individual artists programs, concerts, cultural festivals and educational workshops.”

ExxonMobil Qatar and Qatar Museums share a long-term relationship based on mutual respect and understanding and we are proud to provide our support for yet another of its important initiatives,” said Alistair Routledge, President & General Manager, for ExxonMobil Qatar Inc. “Qatar-Turkey 2015 Year of Culture will fundamentally lead to a deeper international understanding of Qatar and its rich culture, while highlighting it as a world-class center for business and cultural activities. This is something ExxonMobil fully supports as a committed partner in Qatar.”