On October 11th QAIC held its first Ambassador Salon Dinner in honor of H.E. Sheikh Meshal Bin Hamad Al Thani and to celebrate our flagship program Cultural Crossings: Exchanges Beyond the Silk Road.
The salon dinner featured traditional Qatari cuisine prepared by Chef Noof and her team. The dinner program began with opening remarks by QAIC’s Executive Director Fatima Al-Dosari, His Excellency Ambassador Meshal and Chef Noof. Dinner guests were accompanied by live music performed by the New York Arabic Orchestra illustrating the sounds of the Qanun and Oud played by Firas Zreik and April Centrone. Following the performance, Qatar Airways Vice President of Sales, Craig Thomas delivered remarks announcing the winner of a grand prize raffle ticket to a 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar match including two roundtrip tickets and accommodation. Guests included QAIC sponsors Qatar Airways, ExxonMobil and Y-International along with representatives from various Smithsonian institutions, including the National Museum of Asian Art, the U.S. State Department and other cultural institutes.