Posted on December 13, 2014

Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF) for Education, Science and Community Development, hosted a number of activities in celebration of Qatar National Day, at the HBKU Student Center on December 4th. With the end of the semester and start of the winter break in sight, students and staff from HBKU and its partner universities within Education City came together to celebrate with traditional Qatari food, music, dance, and art.

Hamad bin Khalifa University celebrates 2 [].jpgAmong the highlights of HBKU’s Qatar National Day celebrations was “Conversations and Karak: Qatari youth on shaping the future of Qatar” on December 4th, a dynamic discussion among a panel of inspirational young Qataris, held at HBKU Student Center in front of a live audience, that sought to hear details of their outlook for the future of Qatar. The event featured five Qataris – Aisha K. Al Naama, Maha Al-Ansari, Mohammed D. Fakhro, Ahmed Al-Qahtani, Khalifa Al-Haroon – who shared their interests and aspirations, as well as details of how they hope they and their fellow young Qataris can make an impact in their community. The panelists each focused on a subject that was close to their hearts as they discussed the arts, sports, medicine, community development and entrepreneurship, before taking audience questions.

QF Radio broadcast the discussion live via its 91.7FM frequency, its website and its mobile application. QF Radio’s social media team live tweeted throughout the event, encouraging listeners from across Qatar’s wider community to send their questions via twitter to the assembled panelists. The event was moderated by Jassim Al Muftah and Banafsheh Azizi from HBKU. Commenting on the discussion, Al Muftah, who is Assistant Director of the Student Center at HBKU, stated: “I greatly enjoyed hearing from current students, alumni and other young people about their visions of shaping Qatar’s future. As a young nation, we continue to develop, and strive to achieve, grateful both for our history and heritage; now, as in the past, the young are critical contributors to the world we will come to confront tomorrow.”

Panelist Maha Al-Ansari noted: "Meeting and learning from the four other speakers was without a doubt enriching. Each peer has a unique story and the kind of ambitions that go beyond the individual, and will likely contribute to the future of Qatar. My belief in the importance of sport is what led me to participate, and will, I hope, inspire others." HBKU’s Qatar National Day celebrations also featured traditional Qatari performances, film screenings, and the sampling of local food and drinks, bringing together members of the Education City community for an enjoyable day that honored the rich traditions and bright future of the State of Qatar.