Qatar’s photography culture includes a dynamic mix of rising and established professionals supported by a domestic market with an appetite for the work of each.
Professional photography societies, government entities, and non-governmental organizations underwrite the infrastructure of Qatar’s photography scene and support and develop its talent.
The Ministry of Culture and Sports is heavily invested in organizing photography exhibitions, developing talents through workshops, supporting projects, introducing Qatari artists in domestic and foreign gatherings; all for both enthusiasts and professionals alike.
Download the document below to learn more about how photography fits into Qatari society.
Photography in Qatar
Qatar’s rich history of art and culture has been complemented by a burgeoning film industry in the modern era. With an emphasis on contests, festivals, and programs, the film is gaining more prominence in Qatar’s cultural ecosystem.
Through support from private and government-sponsored organizations like the Doha Film Institute and Qatar Foundation, amateur, and professional filmmakers have seen Qatar become a regional player in the Arab and international cinematic scene.
With major events like the Doha Tribeca Film Festival garnering global attention and Qatari films winning prestigious festival awards, Qatar’s cinema credentials are increasingly a point of national pride.
Download the document below for a brief overview of Film in Qatar:Film in Qatar - 2020
Literature has always been an integral element of the Arabic world, and Qatar is no exception. For many centuries, poetry was the primary form of literature in Qatar, and still enjoys an important place in the nation’s culture. However, more modern types of writing have emerged as central to Qatari literature, such as fiction, short stories, and novels.
With a 97.3% literacy rate, it is no surprise that libraries, writing centers, and publishers have become widespread institutions in the country. Qatar’s literature is rooted in its ancient heritage and tradition combining the old with more modern writing styles to create something that is uniquely Qatari.
Find a brief overview of Qatar’s literary history and institutions below.
Download the Fact Sheet to Learn More:Literature in Qatar
Centuries before Qatar became one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, it was known for its prized Arabian horses that were often traded to voyagers among the sea routes of the Silk Road. As early as the Sasanian Empire (224 – 651 AD), archeological evidence points to the export of trade goods, including pearls and horses, from Qatari villages to ships navigating the Gulf.
Find a brief overview below of both the cultural and historical significance that the Arabian horse has on the people of Qatar.
Download the Fact Sheet to Learn More:Qatar and the Arabian Horse
The relationship between Qatar and Texas, the United States’ second-largest state, extends beyond just the realm of energy and has been expanded into the arts, the humanities, education, entertainment, and national security.
Find a thorough overview of the U.S.-Texas relationship below.
Download the Fact Sheet to Learn More:Qatar and Texas Fact Sheet
Curious to learn more about Qatari culture, society, and the strategic relationship between Qatar and the United States? This document breaks down all the various ways Qatar is a U.S. partner and the many ways how Qatar is cementing its path toward the future.
Download the Fact Sheet to Learn More:Ten Facts About Qatar US Fact Sheet
In an effort to further enhance economic and cultural ties with the United States, Qatar conducts outreach with major American cultural and economic hubs.
From agriculture to the automotive industry, the Midwest is an industrial and economic powerhouse that often serves as a bellwether for U.S. economic growth and exports. Midwestern cities are home to some of the country’s leading cultural and educational institutions, with architectural treasures and historical landmarks that rival their peer coastal cities. From the University of Michigan to Ohio State University to the University of Chicago, the Midwest’s research and academic capabilities form a knowledge hub for America and the world.
As Qatar implements measures to position itself as a regional trading and financial hub, with innovation at the heart of its progress, the Midwestern United States’ advanced and highly diverse economy creates opportunities for Qatari investments and provides a model that Doha can emulate.
Download the Fact Sheet to Learn More:QAI-Qatar-Eastern-Midwest-Fact-Sheet-June-2019
Qatar’s rapid economic growth and emergence as a global city has resulted in a surge in the construction of aesthetically superior buildings designed by renowned domestic and foreign architects. The construction of modern iconic buildings was accomplished with an eye to balancing the identity and heritage of Qatar with the functional, climatic and sustainable demands of large- scale buildings.
The focus on the preservation of identity infused with modern architectural styles has resulted in the emergence of a distinct Arab architectural style in Qatar.
Download the Fact Sheet to Learn More:
Qatar, in keeping with its aim of strengthening its relationship with the United States, plays a pivotal role in the United States’ largest economic market and state, California. The relationship between the two extends beyond the financial sphere into the fields of arts, humanities, education, entertainment, and national security.
In 2016, HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani visited California and held several meetings in Los Angeles. While on his visit, he attended a reception ceremony hosted by the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, at Getty House in Los Angeles, California. Talks during the reception ceremony dealt with areas of cooperation and means of promoting and developing them as to open wider horizons of ties in future.
Additionally, Eric Garcetti, the Mayor of Los Angeles in the U.S. State of California, visited Doha, Nov. 13-17, 2016. The mayor and his accompanying delegation met with business, cultural, and government leaders to strengthen the growing partnership between the cities of L.A. and Doha. California is the U.S.’s preeminent hub for innovation in Information Technology, Software, Life Sciences and Technological research, host to the world’s leading universities. Qatar shares many of these same traits and hopes to expand the already existing relationship even further.
Download the Fact Sheet to Learn More:Qatar-in-California
Iran and Qatar have a modest trade relationship, and while the trade has garnered media attention, in the context of the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Qatar’s trade volume with Iran is not extraordinary. Only 120 miles of water lie between Qatar and Iran, and both countries share the South Pars/North Dome gas field, the largest natural gas field in the world. Iran and Qatar historically have had a cooperative relationship by necessity.
Download the Fact Sheet to Learn More:QAI GCC Iran Trade Fact Sheet