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, D.C. on May 8th, 2018 and culminated in this week’s finale social with over 100 attendees at QAI’s Washington headquarters. 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 to 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 stressed that Qatar’s strategic prioritization of the arts and education was the bedrock of the nation’s success.
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 and is the first Qatari and GCC national to join the UN. Dr. Al-Mulla has been at the UN since 1985. 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).