Qatar Tops Arab World in Food Security

  Qatar is the most food-secure country in the Arab World, according to the 2018 Global Food Security Index, a ranking developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Qatar ranks 22nd in the entire world - in between Italy (23rd) and Spain (21st) - a remarkable feat for a small desert nation with little arable land and no natural fresh water source. Qatar's high ranking underscores its robustness in the face of an illegal blockade cutting o...

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Qatar and UN World Food Day

  Qatar is both a pioneer and humanitarian leader in food security. The Qatar Fund for Development is the donor of the United Nations Fund for Recovery Reconstruction and Development in Darfur, a project whose focus includes securing access to clean water and creating agricultural spaces for grains, livestock, and more to secure local supply of staple foods. Supporting food and water security internationally is a major priority in Qatar's fo...

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QAI Sponsors “One Night One Goal” Fundraiser for DC Scores

On Thursday, October 4th 2018, QAI proudly sponsored the One Night One Goal fundraiser for DC Scores- the official youth soccer club of D.C. United. The event took place at Audi Field, the new home of Major League Soccer team D.C. United.   Event attendees were joined by special guests, including: D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney and his teammates, head coach Ben Olsen, Maryland Congressman John Delaney, and executives from the Audi Group...

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QAI in San Fransisco: Celebrating Qatari & Islamic Fashion

On Sep 21st, 2018, QAI was thrilled to start its first collaboration and outreach on the US’s west coast by attending the opening of the DeYoung’s Contemporary Muslim Fashions Exhibition in San Fransisco, CA.   According to the exhibition, Contemporary Muslim Fashions showcases 80 fashion pieces and 40 photographs of garments from established and emerging designers in high-end fashion, streetwear, sportswear, and couture from all across t...

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Qatar-America Partnership Reaffirmed in New York

Key Academic and Tech Leaders From Qatar and the US Gathered in New York City During UNGA 2018 to Discuss Development Opportunities and Expand Partnerships in Anticipation of the 10th Anniversary of Qatar's 2030 National Vision.   The Qatar-America Institute hosted several events in New York City during the week of September 24th, gathering key academics, researchers, and leaders in the fields of education, economics, and technology to br...

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QAI Expressions Series: Sandra Bell Wilkins

  On September 18, the Qatar-America Institute hosted the former chair of the Fashion Design department of Virginia Commonwealth University - Qatar (VCU-Q), Sandra Bell Wilkins, for a discussion on the history of fashion in the Middle East and the intersection between the functionality of fashion and regional culture. Ms. Wilkins also commented on her personal experiences teaching in Qatar, highlighting the various changes that Qatari societ...

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Top Five Highlights from Amir Tamim Bin Hamad’s Speech to UN

  On Tuesday September 25, HH the Amir of Qatar, Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani gave his speech to the UN General Assembly. The speech focused on Qatar's resilience in the face of, and continued commitment to a diplomatic resolution to the illegal blockade against Qatar. 1)  The Amir pled for the international community to resolve disputes between member states through dialogue and international legal mechanisms, rather than by force: "If the ...

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Ministry of Municipality and Environment Announces Sustainability Strategy 2018-22

  On Tuesday, the Qatari Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) announced its new sustainability strategy for 2018-2022. The new strategy tracks with Qatar's historic commitment to sustainable development and innovation, focusing on food security, the environment, waste management, and recycling. Some particular priorities in the strategy include: Increasing sustainable landscaping and parks Developing smart city systems to mo...

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More Than Sand, Sea, and Sky: A Talk with QAI’s Diana Untermeyer

More Than Sand, Sea, and Sky: A Talk with QAI’s Diana Untermeyer     On September 12th, QAI’s Cultural Advisor and author Diana Untermeyer took part in a discussion in Houston at the World Affairs Council. She discussed Qatar and the rapid changes that it has undergone and highlighted the nation’s cultural richness.         “I dove into life in Qatar not as a prominent public figure, which I was by virtue ...

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Business Opportunities in Qatar: Briefing

  On Wednesday, September 12, the Qatar-America Institute co-hosted a briefing on business opportunities in Qatar with the US-Qatar Business Council (USQBC), the NAACP, and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute (CBCI). The event was opened by the head of the US-Qatar Business Council, former US Ambassador and Assistant Secretary of Eastern Affairs at the State Department, Anne Patterson. She commented on the Qatari economy's need to diver...

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