Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail), the company overseeing the construction of much-anticipated integrated railways network, held in association with the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning (MMUP) - Doha Municipality, an Awards Ceremony for the "Draw with Qatar Rail" competition for school children that was launched earlier this year.
Qatar Rail offered prizes, gifts and certificates for the young contesters and winners selected by the jury as the holders of the most inspiring drawings. The celebration was marked by a young atmosphere that involved a traditional dance performed by a group of students who also expressed their interest in knowing more about Qatar Rail's future projects.
The competition "Draw with Qatar Rail" was launched earlier this year for a few weeks period and aimed at creating and raising awareness on Qatar Rail’s development-oriented activities. The competition included 1190 students from 32 different schools that have contributed to facilitate the process of organizing the event and the selection of talented children. Participants came from independent schools for boys, independent schools for girls, mixed schools and Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs. The initiative was conducted in alignment with Qatar Rail's awareness program and corporate social responsibility.
The Awards Ceremony was attended by Eng. Saad Ahmed Al Muhannadi, Qatar Rail's Chief Executive Officer, and Eng. Mohamed Al Sayyed, Director of Doha Municipality, as well as senior officials from both parties, to encourage the young creative talents, being the future of Qatar, to unleash their potential.
Eng. Saad Ahmed Al Muhannadi, Qatar Rail's CEO, voiced his satisfaction about the success of the initiative, saying: "Imagination of young minds can make a lot of difference to our social and corporate approach. Children, whose ages rank from 8 to 12, have contributed with Qatar Rail-affiliated inspiring drawings in the success of the initiative and also helped us introduce our projects in the simplest and most innovative way. With their pencils and colors, our children have expressed how Qatar Rail projects will help change the face of Qatar in the next phase. The program also contributed to the increase of students' awareness of the importance of Qatar Rail’s mission in establishing modern transport concepts." He added: "Our children deserve all thanks and appreciation to their creations. We also express our gratitude to MMUP - Doha Municipality for having chosen us as their partner for this initiative”.
For his part, Eng. Mohammed Ahmed Al-Sayyed, Director of Doha Municipality thanked Qatar Rail for organizing this daring completion Awards Ceremony for school kids.
"Qatar Rail's initiative allowed students to get introduced to the modern transport system which will be available for them in the near future. The Doha Metro project will allow shortening distances and reducing traffic congestion in our daily lives, besides being an environment friendly system, and this is what our young children deserve." He added: "We express our thanks to Qatar Rail for introducing the children and their families to its developmental and strategic project and for being among the pioneering companies in launching initiatives that aim at improving our community at all levels," he added.
The main objectives of the activity were to encourage young children to draw pictures and paintings related to Qatar Rail. The company plans to display the best drawings on billboards near its construction sites soon. During the ceremony, the different drawings of 116 selected winners among the children were displayed. The celebration was concluded with a group photo of all participants with Qatar Rail’s team and Doha Municipality representatives.