His Excellency Mr. Salah bin Ghanem Al-Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports, affirmed that cultural tourism enhances the ideal image of the State of Qatar through its openness to peoples and its embrace of cultures and coexistence within them, “where more than 180 nationalities live in Qatar with respect and human dignity.”
His Excellency said, in his speech during the opening of the works of the Third Youth Research Forum, that the interest in cultural tourism in the State of Qatar is aimed at consolidating the foundations of identity and introducing others to the richness of Qatari culture and the diverse Qatari heritage that the Qatari people are keen to cherish. It also contributes to familiarizing the tourist with the Qatari lifestyle, thinking and behavior.
His Excellency the Minister of Culture and Sports added: “The Qatari people are keen to cherish their identity as a reflection of their personality and history, and they search in their culture for the reasons that lead to their civilized development. Therefore, they take care of the manifestations of this culture in their social and environmental lifestyle to be a reflection of their perceptions that reflect human dignity and which are based on freedom and justice, as well as their respect for others and their belief in the importance of interacting with them.
His Excellency explained: “The first things that a tourist notes are the deep perceptions, so he pays attention to the Qatari people’s acceptance of others, their openness to them, and respect for their customs and traditions.”
Noting that the tourist also finds the manifestations of this culture when visiting museums, archaeological sites and historical monuments, during his acquaintance with the craft industries, or when attending some cultural events in exhibitions and festivals. Accordingly, these manifestations would be helpful tools to know the deep identity in Qatar.
His Excellency the Minister of Culture and Sports indicated that the distinctive cultural content directed to tourists achieves a developmental goal for the tourism sector and contributes to sustainable development. He added, “But its major goal is to work on the principle of acquaintance that was mentioned in the Noble Quran, and that is why cultural tourism helps transfer and exchange knowledge.”
His Excellency praised the Third Youth Research Forum, which focuses on heritage and identity studies, cultural and civilizational communication and cultural tourism. It is worthy to mention that the forum comes within the activities of “Doha, Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021”, and it is organized by the Qatar University Center for Young Scientists in cooperation with the Qatar National Committee for Education, Culture and Science. The forum lasts for two days and it will be broadcasted on the “WEPEX” platform.