Posted on December 13, 2016

Salam International Investment Ltd. (SIIL) has opened a unique archival photography exhibition titled “Moments” in Memory of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani, paying tribute to the nation’s grandfather Emir and recognizing his contribution to Qatar’s progress.

Launched at The Gate Mall’s Maysaloun Hall, the exhibition draws from the private collection of the Abu Issa family, bringing them out for a public showing. The collection on display offers a fascinating glimpse into the country’s historic journey, with a prime focus on the Grandfather Emir, making it a must see event for Qatar’s nationals, expatriates, students and photography enthusiasts. The opening of the exhibition kicked off SIIL’s celebrations of Qatar National Day. The inauguration took place in the presence of Mr. Issa AbdulSalam Abu Issa Chairman and CEO of Salam International, other distinguished guests, invitees as well as members of the media.

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“Moments” is open to the public from the 8th of December 2016 to 7th January 2017 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Addressing those gathered at the ceremonial opening, SIIL Chairman and CEO Issa AbdulSalam Abu Issa said, “SIIL is a local conglomerate, born and bred on this nation’s soil. So every year, the commemoration of Qatar’s National day is something we participate in with a deep sense of pride and joy. This year, we wanted to elevate the meaning of our celebrations and pay tribute to the memory of His Highness, Skeikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani. We wanted to honour him for laying the groundwork for the path that Qatar has taken in its journey from past to present. Our photography archives contain many images of the grandfather Emir at occasions of national significance, captured by the hand of Salam International’s Founder, my father Mr. AbdulSalam Mohammed Abu Issa himself. We believe these images and the moments they have chronicled deserve to be seen and celebrated. That is why we are bringing out this collection in honour of His Highness”.

He concluded by saying that SIIL is delighted to play a role as a keeper of this nation’s memories, for Generations to admire value and revisit.

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Credited with the distinction of bringing the first ever camera to Qatar and pioneering its photography industry, SIIL’s founder the late Mr.  AbdulSalam Mohammed Abu Issa covered His Highness Sheikh Khalifa at personal, political and ceremonial occasions. From presenting extraordinary moments in Qatar’s history, featuring the country’s interactions with Arab leaders, the way of life of its people and chronicling the growth of spaces and places, the “Moments” exhibition is poised to add a rich dimension of reminiscence to this year’s National Day celebrations. 

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