The “Moments” Exhibition of historic photography held by Salam International Investment Ltd. (SIIL) came to a successful conclusion on the 7th of January 2017. The unique archival photography display held at the Gate Mall’s Maysaloun Hall attracted a steady stream of exhibition goers who engaged with the images; absorbing the captivating glimpses they shared of Qatar’s past.
Launched on the 11th of December 2016, the exhibition titled “Moments in Memory of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani” brought out rare images that chronicled Qatar’s late Grandfather Emir, in his official capacity as the nation’s head of State. “Moments” also showcased a selection of personal interactions of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani, captured by SIIL’s Founder Mr. AbdulSalam Mohammed Abu Issa himself.
Mr. Issa AbdulSalam Abu Issa, Chairman and CEO of Salam International said: “We were very encouraged by how the “Moments” exhibition was received by Qatar’s public. For a number of VIPs and Qatari citizens the exhibition provided an opportunity to honour the leadership of the past; particularly that of the late Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani. Seeing the nation’s grandfather Emir building relationships with global leaders, from HRH Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, to the Middle East region’s Heads of State, revived a sense of pride in the early steps taken by Qatar to journey towards its current position on the global stage. For residents, students of history and photography enthusiasts who visited, we were so pleased to see that “Moments” provided a valued window into the past”. He went on to say that SIIL welcomed the curiosity and appreciation of exhibition goers as their interest in revisiting the past confirmed that the story of Qatar will continue to be passed on from one generation to another.
Mr. Issa AbdulSalam Abu Issa acknowledged that owners of historically significant material, such as the archives from which the exhibition’s images were drawn, have a key role to play in the narrative of a nation. He reiterated that the Abu Issa family were happy to share these images from their private collection with all and will continue to participate in celebrating the incredible journey of this nation.