Commonly Used Middle East Herbs and Plants that Benefit the Immune Systems

On this Earth Day, we recognize the significance of our many plant species and use today to explore several of its flora and fauna and their contributions to not only cuisine but our general well-being. This piece examines common ingredients found in Middle Eastern cuisine and the various health benefits that they can offer.   In popular culture, Middle Eastern cuisine is widely known for the use of different spices which bring flavorful an...

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Moving Forward: A Message From QAI’s New Chairwoman Peggy Loar

Dear QAI Community, I am honored to be the incoming Chair of the Qatar-America Institute. Collectively, with the Institute’s luminary board of directors, talented staff, and you, it is my hope that we will lead QAI into an exciting future, one of celebrating the world of the arts and culture, and one of strengthening the personal and professional bonds between Americans and Qataris with an exciting array of programs in the arts, sports, cultural ...

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Expressions Series Recap

QAI’s Expressions Artist Talk series features a variety of American personalities, artists, and creatives who have lived or worked in Qatar and whose works were inspired and influenced by Qatari culture. An art and culture talk, Expressions aims to highlight the intersections and cultural connections that tie the American and Qatari people through storytelling.  American creatives and cultural experts are invited to speak about their unique endeavo...

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Fostering Multiculturalism in Film

The Qatar-America Institute hosts its' Expressions Artist Talk in Washington on both creating and teaching documentary filmmaking with renowned filmmaker Marco Williams and Michael Dyson. The Qatar-America Institute (QAI) hosted their Expressions Artist Talk, "Fostering Multiculturalism in Film: Reflections & Lessons as a Film Professor in the Arab World," featuring renowned filmmaker and Northwestern University professor Marco Williams at its ...

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Qatar’s Growing Film Industry: Championing Arab Cinema at the 2020 Oscars

Doha Film Institute (DFI) and The Qatar-America Institute (QAI) partnered on a delegation to Los Angeles to highlight Qatar’s role in supporting Arab Cinema and MENA region filmmakers during Oscars week.   Los Angeles, CA – February 16th, 2020: The Qatar-America Institute (QAI) joined together with program partner the Doha Film Institute (DFI) for QAI’s Expert Voices delegation to Los Angeles during the 2020 Oscars week. Expert Voices Ser...

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The Qatar-America Institute Celebrates End of First-Ever Qatar-America Photography Contest

 The Qatar-America Institute (QAI) hosts an awards reception and exhibition debut in honor of its first FOCI Photography Competition, highlighting the cultural and societal synergies between the United States and Qatar.   Washington, DC – February 12th, 2020: The Qatar America Institute (QAI) hosted an awards reception and the public unveiling of the exhibition for its 2019 FOCI Photography Competition at the DC Wharf. QAI is an independent cu...

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World Teacher’s Day

Since its inception in 1994 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), October 5th of every year marks World Teacher Day. This year’s theme was ‘Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession.’ The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, to take stock of achievements, and to address some of the issues central for attracting and keeping the brightest minds and young talents in the...

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Summer in Qatar

The Qatari government has been investing in tourism through the Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC). QNTC has created several programs to promote tourism and increase the number of visitors to Qatar. This summer, a wide variety of programs and promotions are being offered to welcome tourists during the summer season. This summer's program, called 'Summer in Qatar', runs from June 4 to August 16.   “This year’s summer season promises...

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The Origins of Qatar’s National Sports Day

In an unusual move, the Emir of Qatar issued an Emiri decree in December of 2011 announcing the creation of a National Sports Day. Presently, Qatar’s National Sports Day acts as an important annual occasion (on the second Tuesday of every February) with the goal of engaging the local community in Qatar with sports activities and fostering the adoption of a healthy lifestyle.   The impetus behind the declaration of a National Sports Da...

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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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