Doha International Book Fair organized an open meeting on the main stage, hosting His Excellency Dr. Hamad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Kuwari, the Minister of State and President of Qatar National Library, during which his Excellency’s book, titled (Some of Me: Cultural Diplomacy after Qatar World Cup), was launched. The meeting was presented by Hanan Al Emadi.
During the open meeting, His Excellency the Minister of State touched on the thread linking all of his writings, as he stressed that every book is an intellectual biography of a stage of his life.
His Excellency the Minister of State confirmed during the meeting that the exhibition is distinguished in terms of participation in quantity and quality, and about the slogan of the exhibition, “By reading we rise,” he said that knowledge is the path to advancement, and he reviewed the state’s experience in caring for reading and knowledge, and stressed that there is no success for any work without reading
His Excellency the doctor classified his books as documentary, and said that: I tend to document every stage of my life, and by referring to my books since my first edition, we find that they are all biographies, and if they are not autobiographies, they are intellectual biographies.
Regarding his latest publication, he said that the: Qatari society, led by the leadership, won the challenge, and bet on civilized communication with merit. He assured the world that Qatar provided, through the World Cup, a lesson in the concept of cultural exchange, which is respect for cultural specificities and not acquiescence in imposing cultural expressions that contradict the ladder of Arab-Islamic values, and that Qatar’s message to the world is to realize the necessity of adhering to the origin of human society based on dialogue, respect and acquaintance, and not clash, hatred and differentiation.
He added that the cultural activities of the World Cup reinforced the issue of identity, and confirmed that the Arab-Islamic culture is part of the national identity, and one of the bets of Qataris was to present their culture, customs and traditions with great pride, which gave the World Cup an exceptional character, as Qatar presented a new “cultural pattern” in dialogue between cultures and in Pride in national identity without being closed, just as the World Cup helped revitalize the creative industries, and he finally referred to what he called cultural diplomacy, which he said works to bring peoples closer, and what cannot be achieved through politics has been achieved.