Preparing to celebrate the city of Doha, Capital of Culture in the Islamic World in 2021

10 January, 2021

Officials from the Ministry of Culture and Sports in Qatar and the Secretary-General of Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science held a coordination meeting with a delegation from the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), which includes Dr. Muhammad Zain Al-Abidin, Director of the Culture and Communication Sector, and Engineer Bilal Al-Shabi, an expert in the sector of Culture and Communication, in order to prepare for the celebration of the city of Doha, Capital of Culture in the Islamic World in 2021.

During the meeting, which was held today, Sunday, through visual communication technology, the attendants discussed different points. To start with, they discussed the arrangements related to the official launch of the celebration and the draft of its general program, as well as the most important proposed stations, and the most prominent cooperating parties. Moreover, they emphasized the importance of coordinating with the concerned ministries and sectors, given their role in contributing to the success of the celebration.

As a matter of fact, the representatives of the State of Qatar suggested that the opening of the ceremony will take place on January 16, 2021, coinciding with the closure of Doha International Book Fair. Indeed, they pledged to provide ISESCO with the most important programs and stations to be implemented, including international and regional exhibitions, artistic festivals and international seminars in addition to the cultural weeks targeting in particular women and youth.

Within the framework of the new vision of the organization, which is based on establishing centers and developing programs and initiatives that enhance the position of culture in the countries of the Islamic world, the ISESCO delegation pledged to provide the Qatari party with the most important activities to be implemented during the celebration of the city of Doha, Capital of Culture in the Islamic World in 2021. For instance, the most notable activities are “ISESCO Digital House”, “ISESCO International Art Center”, “Heritage Center in the Islamic World” and “ISESCO Chairs”.

At the conclusion of the meeting, both parties discussed the possibility of holding a number of activities remotely in case the Covid 19 pandemic did not disappear. They also pledged to hold a second coordination meeting, whether remotely or in attendance if possible, at the end of November 2020, to follow the progress of the celebration preparations.