On Tuesday, 03 December 2019, the Qatar-America Institute was honored to participate in the Qatar National Day Celebration, held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The annual event, hosted by the Embassy of the State of Qatar to the United States, welcomes government officials, various Qatari and American dignitaries, and members of the public to join in the celebration of the ascension of HH Emir Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani in 1878, who is considered to be the founder of the State of Qatar.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin gave remarks at the event. Each of the officials praised the strong relationship between the United States and Qatar and highlighted the economic, security, and strategic significance of the partnership, and called for continued cooperation and trust between the American and Qatari people.
The Qatar-America Institute (QAI) joined several other organizations, including companies, non-profits, and cultural, business, and educational institutions, in offering interactive exhibits that called attention to different aspects of the U.S.-Qatar relationship to attendees.
QAI welcomed event-goers to experience 9 different scents indigenous to the Arabian peninsula, and central to the economic and social life of Qatar.
Bottled in a traditional Marash, or small metal vial, attendees were welcome to smell or wear: Musk Rose, Saffron, Rose Saffron, Arabian Jasmine, Frankincense, Ambergris, Rose, White musk, and Agarwood/Oud.
Additionally, QAI exhibited a “Top 10 Facts About the Qatar-U.S. Relationship” display, providing for a brief educational introduction to key elements of the relationship.
Celebrants were also given the opportunity to sign up for QAI’s newsletter, enter in the FOCI photography competition, and given U.S.-Qatar flag pins.
The Qatar National Day celebration served as a visible reminder of the unity between Qatar and the United States, a gathering of friends, and a celebration of the rich history and culture of Qatar and its people. QAI was delighted to take part in this year’s reception and congratulates the Embassy of Qatar on its success.