On August 8, 2018, the Qatar-America Institute hosted the Ruwad Finale Social, a traveling art exhibit featuring emerging and established artists from Qatar. The exhibit first premiered in Washington, DC on May 8th, 2018 and culminated in this week’s finale social with over 100 attendees at QAI’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The guests enjoyed a special viewing of diverse artworks from Qatar as well as remarks from a member of QAI’s advisory board and guest of honor, Dr. Mohamed Al-Mulla.
In a similar fashion as the premiere of Ruwad this past May, the finale social showcased the full collection of 26 art pieces ranging from paintings, photographs, and installation pieces. Ruwad, which means “pioneers” in Arabic, is a celebration of both established and emerging Qatar-based artists who are transforming the artistic landscape in the Gulf region. The exhibition presented the leading visionary minds of Qatar, whose creative works continue to inspire and promote the cultural richness of the region.
During the event, Dr. Mohamed Al-Mulla, the first Qatari and GCC national to join the United Nations, spoke to the audience about Qatar’s rich cultural history and its flourishing creative arts scene. Dr. Al-Mulla highlighted the merits of Qatar’s development strategy through its prioritization of education and firm commitment to establishing a legal framework. He stressed that Qatar’s strategic prioritization of the arts, education, and commitment to international institutions and norms was the bedrock of the nation’s success.
Dr. Mohamed Al-Mulla’s Remarks at the Ruwad Finale Social
Dr. Al-Mulla stressed the importance of spreading Qatari culture and thanked QAI for its work for strengthening the U.S.-Qatar relationship. The past several years, Qatar has proven to be a strong example of how a growing nation can strategically and wisely focus its resources and efforts to achieve its goals. To Dr. Al-Mulla, the U.N. would be keen to see Qatar, under the guidance of the Emir, as a prime example of a nation practicing the “art of leadership” in a resourceful manner that other developing nations should emulate.
More information about the Ruwad program, the artists, and their work can be found here.
Guest Speaker Bio:
Dr. Mohamed Al-Mulla holds Ph.D. in International Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of University of London, is the first Qatari and GCC national to join the UN as early as 1985 and to work in the UN for more than 27 years. He worked directly with five Under-Secretary Generals in promoting social development and human security. He managed a UN project that led to the establishment of the Gulf Centre for Criminal Intelligence (GCCI) in Doha, to serve a state-of-the-art international criminal justice network at regional and international levels. He is also a member of Board of Directors of the International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges (IAAI).
Ruwad Finale Social Highlights