Posted on September 19, 2012

Tokyo is soon to experience a taste of Qatari life when “Qatar Week: Ferjaan in Tokyo” opens to the public from September 27th to October 1st 2012. Qatar Museums Authority, who is leading the event, announced its key sponsors Qatar Petroleum and Qatargas. The event is also partnered by a number of leading Qatari organizations.

The initiative, held at Roppongi Hills, will represent a high point in Qatar Japan 2012, a year of cultural, sporting and business-related activities which celebrate 40 years of friendship between the State of Qatar and Japan.

Ferjaan, which means ‘neighborhood’ in colloquial Qatari Arabic, is a large cultural village that will showcase modern Qatari culture through a reconstruction of a traditional souq. The souq will bear a striking resemblance to Souq Waqif, and will be set in what is one of Tokyo’s most popular areas for shopping and leisure. It is anticipated that thousands of Japanese will flock to the five-day event and discover more about Qatar.

Present at the souq will be a number of Qatari companies and organizations sharing and showcasing Qatari life, culture and business. Accompanying this will be Qatari music and dance performances, a number of informative talks and presentations, film screenings, and a selection of Qatari products. Visitors will also be able to witness traditional Qatari national dress and experience art Arabic “henna”.

Qatar Japan 2012 has already featured a number of fascinating events that have given insights into the arts and culture of the two nations. Highlights have included a groundbreaking exhibition in the Museum of Islamic Art by renowned artist Takashi Murakami; a busy program of exhibitions and performances; and fashion shows and talks held in both Qatar and Japan.

Commenting on the forthcoming Qatar Week: Ferjaan in Tokyo, Mansoor Al Khater, CEO of Qatar Museums Authority said: “Qatar Japan 2012 celebrates 40 years of successful relations between Qatar and Japan. Throughout this year we have organized several Japanese cultural events in Qatar most notably Murakami: Ego exhibition which took place last February. We are proud that we have presented Japanese culture in Qatar and now we are looking forward to showcasing our culture in Japan through “Qatar Week: Ferjaan in Tokyo.” We highly appreciate the generous contribution of both Qatar Petroleum and Qatargas to this very important initiative.”

On this occasion Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Director of Oil and Gas Ventures in Qatar Petroleum, stated: “Major bilateral events like the Qatar-Japan 2012 give us the opportunity to highlight not just the trade relations between the two countries but, more importantly, the strong friendly ties that have enabled both Qatar and Japan to realize unprecedented cooperation in various fields.  Qatar Petroleum is delighted to participate and sponsor this event which is a clear manifestation of our firm commitment to work in close partnership with our Japanese counterparts for the continued development of the energy industry in both countries.”

Ghanim Al-Kuwari, Chief Operating Officer – Administration at Qatargas added: “Qatargas is very proud to be associated with Qatar – Japan 2012, which seeks to build on a solid and enduring partnership between Qatar and Japan which started 40 years ago.”

“Japan is one of Qatargas' foundation customers and biggest importers of LNG. We are absolutely committed to partnering with countries like Japan to improve their energy security by diversifying the long-term mix of their energy supplies. Right now, in 2012, we are doing all we can to support Japan's continuous requirement for stable energy supplies. We remain committed to that objective.”