Youth Centers in Qatar

February 14, 2018 | Author: ammar | Category: Qatar, Doha, Volunteering, Hearing Loss, Creativity
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In The Name of God, The Merciful, The Compassionate

Youth Centers in Qatar

His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

Emir of the State of Qatar

The Heir Apparent

Youth is the pillar of any civilization and the fuel of any human development… In Qatar, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Emir of the country wisely acted once again through the Emiri Decree stating that the former General Youth Authority will be annexed to the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, uniting thus the two streams of development: Culture and Youth. In Fact, the youth centers, the specialized centers and the associations are covering all parts of the State, from borders to borders, attracting boys and girls, reformulating their skills and thoughts and guiding them to the right track. The developmental process, the support and the creation of a new spirit in our Youth institutions shouldn’t stop, since a cultural or an artistic evolution will not exist without brains capable to bear responsibility and hold the banner in the future. We won’t stop making emphasis on the partnership and the essential role played by the youth field, throughout its different centers and associations, in the realization of Qatar future vision 2030 in which we all seek to participate. Youth centers in Qatar have achieved the hard task of integrating and enabling girls and people with special needs to take part in the public and community work, by providing the needed tools of support and boosting them to represent Qatar in regional, Arab and international events. The youth institutions greatly contributed also over almost 50 years, since the establishment of Al-Jasrah Club during the sixties of the previous century, in producing generations whose members are now among the country leaders in the different domains of the professional life. Thus, Qatar has possessed an immense stock of expertise in the field of Youth’s work in addition to the institutions that gained international participations and that are duly recognized today. They had great contributions in the fields of administrating youth institutions, endorsing plans and programs, follow-up and implementation of policies. We all hope that our youth institutions achieve what we aspire thanks to the reasonable policies of administrations and the available means of attracting the targeted categories. Those institutions have to be a shield and an assist to the families at home, to the teacher at school and to the Imam in the mosque, in order to build the proper personality and to preserve the original Qatari Arab identity. If the world celebrates the youth’s day only once a year, we celebrate (thanks to God) our youth every day, standing committed to dedicate our work to this nation. Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage

Preamble Over more than 30 years, youth work submitted successive and great developments. This vital field also went along several stages of ripening and formation and proceeded until now… The most important stages are: • HH the Emir of the State filled the position of Chairman of the Higher Council for Youth Welfare since its establishment in 1979 until 1991. Therefore, it is a great honor and a matter of pride for us, as we are completing a process that was once introduced by His Highness with his futuristic vision and thoughts. Today we are reaping the fruits of that vision and thoughts under his sponsorship, care and wise leadership of the country. • The first stage came after the establishment of the Higher Council for Youth Welfare and next to the promulgation of the Emiri Decree № (90) for the year 1990 which issued the establishment of the (General Authority for Youth and Sport). In this period the features of youth movement gradually started to appear on the surface. Thus, several youth institutions that played various cultural and educational roles evolved in Qatar. • At the beginning of the new millennium, the General Authority of Youth superseded the General Authority for Youth and Sport next to the Decree № (57) for the year 2000 issuing the appointment of the Chairman of the General Authority of Youth. HE Sheikh Saoud Bin Khaled Al Thani served as Chairman of the authority with the rank of Minister. • The Decree № (5) for the year 2004 formed another distinctive stage in youth journey: this decree issued the transference of (Youth Department) from Qatar National Olympic Committee (QNOC) to the General Authority of Youth. • By the end of the year 2008, youth field with its two branches; Activities and Youth Centers became affiliated to the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage. • In 2009, a ministerial decision № (81) was issued nominating Mr. Salman Ibrahim Al-Malik Director of the Youth Centers Department. • In 2010, a ministerial decision № (107) was issued appointing Mr. Salman Ibrahim Al-Malik Director of the Youth Centers Department. • In 2011, a ministerial decision № (296) was issued appointing Mr. Abderrazak Abdullah Saeed Al-Rabiaa Al-Kuwari Director of the Youth Centers Department.

Youth Centers Department Youth Centers Department is one of the departments affiliated to the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage according to the Emiri Decree № (37) for the year 2009 which defined the organizational chart of the Ministry and stated the specialties of the department in the article №(12). The specialties of the Youth Centers Department: 1- Discussing and studying the licenses for establishing youth centers and lifting any kind of recommendation about them. 2- Supporting and sponsoring youth centers in coordination with the competent authorities in the State. 3- Following up the works of the youth centers and setting up periodical rapports about their achievements. There are 25 youth institutions affiliated to the Youth Centers Department providing services to the different youth categories in all fields through various ways, in order to satisfy the interests and needs of Qatar society and the targeted age categories. The youth institutions affiliated to the Department are classified accordingly: First: Public Centers: There are 7 centers affiliated to the Youth Centers Department and they are geographically distributed in different areas of the State; starting from Doha with (Doha Youth Center) to the uttermost north where we find (Barazan Youth Center - Smaisma Youth Center - Al-Jamiliya Youth Center Althakheera Youth Center - Al-Kaaban Youth Center and Alkhour Girls Center).

Second:Specialized Centers: The specialized Centers affiliated to the Department include 9 institutions providing services to a variety of interests and talents for every single individual in the society. There are 5 Arts Centers: Girl’s Creativity Center - Youth Creative Art Center - Musical Arts Center – Performing Arts Youth Center and Cultural Creativity Center. There are also two Centers for people with special needs: Qatar Cultural and Social Center for Deaf - Qatar Social and Cultural Center for the Blind. Furthermore, there are two other centers for technology services and volunteer work: Qatar Volunteer Center – Information Technology Center. Third: Clubs: The Youth Centers Department Supervises 3 clubs: one of science, another one of culture and a third one of hobbies. They attract many youngsters and girls through a set of activities and programs. Those clubs are: Al-Jasrah Cultural and Social Club - Qatar Scientific Club and Qatar Club for Amateurs of Collecting Stamps and Coins. Fourth: Associations: There are 6 associations. All of them are affiliated to the Youth Centers Department. They are classified among the most specialized associations in the attraction of amateurs and they greatly contribute in providing social services. These associations are: Qatar Society of Youth Hostels, Qatar Photographic Society, Qatar association of Radio Amateurs, Homing Pigeons Qatar Association, Qatar Horse Breeders and Owners Association and the Falconry Association.

The Main Goals of Youth Centers The Youth Centers Department oversees the implementation of several common tasks and goals to which it is committed. Those tasks and goals present an essential framework that youth centers work accordingly. There are also other particular tasks for each center that distinguish each one of them from the other and meet the surrounding environment characteristics and the type of interests of each center’s affiliates. The main goals of those centers are the following: Creating the appropriate environment to practice the different hobbies and activities Encouraging the affiliates to participate in the local and foreign competitions and events Consolidating the values of loyalty and belonging Enhancing the cooperation and the exchange of experiences Profiting from the spare time Encouraging girls to engage in youth work as they represent the half of the population Preserving Qatar old heritage, traditions and customs The organizational schedule of work at the youth centers For further organization of work within the youth institutions, HE Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage issued the decision № (133) for the year 2010. This decision determines the organizational plan of work at the youth institutions (Centers – Clubs – Associations) affiliated to the

Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage. This decision highlighted also the necessity of opening youth centers during holidays and weekends to welcome youngsters and youth and allow them practice their different activities. This idea presented a quantum leap in the domain of youth work and won the approbation of all due to its great impact upon the community. In fact, youth would profit from their spare time during holidays by attracting them to a fertile environment, where they can develop their skills and talents. The ministerial decision defined also several standards required in those who find themselves able to properly plan and manage any youth institution. This was in the context of motivating the qualified citizens to fill the leading position in youth work and habilitating those who are competent to promote with the youth institutions. First of all, the candidate should be a Qatari citizen. His/her academic qualifications and experiences should match with the center’s activity and specialties in order to avoid any disharmony between the academic qualification and the activity dealt with. Moreover, the candidate should be more than 25 years old, holding a higher degree and working fulltime for the youth institution. To emphasize the fairness of the selection, the ministerial decision stipulated that the candidate shouldn’t be fired before or his/her membership was definitely suspended from any other authority working in the youth fields, unless that incident happened at least four years before the new candidacy. When these conditions are met, the Youth Centers Department appoints the selected candidate. Furthermore, and in order to create a new spirit in the institution, the period of appointed candidate and that of the board of directors should go in parallel. Therefore, the period of appointment shouldn’t be exceeded unless the new board of directors issues a proposal about it. This proposal has to be approved also by the Youth Centers Department.

Public Youth Centers Doha Youth Center Barazan Youth Center Al-Jamiliya Youth Center Althakhira Youth Center Sumaisma Youth Center Al-Kaaban Youth Center Al-Khour Girls’ Center

Friends of the Environment Center

The Center was founded following a Decision by the Chairman of General Youth Authority Nr (116) of 1992; its first Board of Administrators was constituted of: Dr. Seif Ali Al-Hajri,

Chaiman

Mr. Abdelaziz Abdullah Al-Medfaa,

Member

Mr. Ahmad Khalifa Al-Asiri, Mr. Abdullah Rajab Ismail, Mr. Abdullah Mahmoud Abdullah,

Member Member Member

Mr. Abdurrahman Muhammad Al-Mahmoud, Member Mr. Yusuf Alu Hussein Kathem,

Mr. Muhammad Yusuf Al-Jeeda,

Member Member

The Center and its Missions:

Deepening among citizens the environmental sensibility and present to them the specificities of Qatar's environment, its connection with the community, and the impact on the society's progress and development;

Direct people towards the preservation of the environment and its protection from pollution, decay, and destruction;

Disseminate knowledge and develop correct environmental skills and behaviors in the community, and create the sense of responsibility towards the environment;

Deepening the awareness of the importance of environment preservation as a basis of continuative community's development, and introduce the sound scientific concept of balance between development and environment integrity. The Units of the Center:

Environmental Awareness Unit – Environment Health Unit – General Service Unit – Environmental Heritage Unit – research and Reserves Unit – Friends of the Family Unit – International Relations Unit – Environmental Data Unit. Doha, Frij Al-Hatmi Al-Jadid – Al-Rashid Avenue Tel +974 44874731 - Fax +974 44877301 email: [email protected] website: www.fec.org.qa

Doha Youth Center was established under the name of (Al-Gharrafa Youth Center) in 1983, and it was officially inaugurated on the 2nd of July, 1983. The establishment of this Center was the idea of HE Dr. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Eid Al Thani who was the director of Vice-Chairman Office of the Higher Council for Youth Welfare at that time and the former Chairman of the General Authority of Youth and Sport. By the promulgation of the decision № (31) of 1991 issued by the Secretary General of the General Authority of Youth, the first Board of Directors of Doha Youth Center was constituted: Dr. Derwish Al-Emadi, Chairman Dr. Muhammad Abdallah Kotba, Member Sheikh Abdelaziz Ahmad Al Thani, Member Mr. Abdallah Ismael Al-Emadi, Member Mr. Muhammad Ahmad Al-Mutawaa, Member Mr. Ali Abdallah Al-Ebrahim, Member Later, Mr. Muhammad Ali Abdallah was nominated Member of the Center through the decision № (120) of 1992 issued by the Chairman of the General Authority of Youth and Sport.

Doha- Freej Al-Hatmi Al-Rasheed Street Telephone: +974 44862532 +974 44869571 Fax: +974 44873159 Website: www.doha-youth.org

The Center’s goals and tasks: 1- Youth spare time has to be well exploited in what might be beneficial for them. 2- Youth personality has to be integrally built: culturally, socially, morally, artistically, educationally, psychologically and sportily. 3- Exploring talents and work on refining and developing them in the different domains. 4- Consolidating friendship and the spirit of cooperation among youth categories. 5- Forming staff from the competent young individuals who are able to participate in the different events. 6- Welcoming youth and effectively supporting them in order to achieve the desired goals.

Center’s sections: The center has 3 main sections: First - Section of Cultural Activity: supervising 3 other subsidiary sections: - The center’s library - The Administration of Projects: Overseeing the center’s website designing and launching as well as providing and editing the scientific data. The administration supervises also the designing of the center’s publications such as the MatwiyatAlforsan (Knights leaflet), Baraim (kids) and Dial Up magazine which is a scientific magazine specialized in the computer and internet field. - Religious activity: In this section, kids and youngsters read the Holy Quran. This section organizes also educative sessions and holds internal and open religious lessons and lectures by inviting several sheikhs and daa’iyahs (religious men) from inside and outside the country. It organizes also periodical and annual religious competitions for the members of the center and for common people. In this section the youth department participates as well in the annual competition of the recitation of the Holy Quran and Hadeeth (prophet speech). - The scientific activity: This section focuses on the development of youth abilities in computer and photography fields. Second - The section of social activity and camps includes: - The social agenda for youngsters and youth - Sport activity - Camps This section organizes several social activities for youngsters and youth. Those activities include internal and external trips, visits, ceremonies and annual public festivals for children, in addition to the annual planning of the social activities, holding camps of internal and external services as well as training and scouts camps. The sport activity section organizes martial sport sessions such as Karate, Taekwondo, kickboxing in addition to other collective sports such as volleyball, football and table tennis. Third - The section of artistic activity includes: Plastic Arts - Arabic Calligraphy - Artistic Workshop - Weaving Art - Youth Theatrical Ensemble - Doha Singing Ensemble - Media Section - Girls’ Section (Sonnaa Al-Hayat / Life Makers)

Barazan Youth Center The Center was established under the name (Umm Mislal Youth Center) after the promulgation of the decision № (3) issued on the 12th of February, 1994 by the Chairman of the General Authority of Youth. In 1999 the name of the center was modified into (Al-Jazeera Youth Center). Then, in 2004, the center’s name submitted a second modification and it changed into (Barazan Youth Center). The first Board of Directors was formed under the chairmanship of Sheikh Turki Bin Ahmed Bin Ali Al Thani. This Center held the logo “Future vision… led by Youth” The first Board of Directors: Sheikh Turki bin Ahmad bin Ali Al Thani, Chairman Mr. Abderrazzak Al-Kuwari, Member Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim Amer, Member Mr. Faraj Aman Al-Ali, Member Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Member Mr. Muhammad Saeed Al-Sheeba Al-Merri, Member Mr. Sultan bin Ali Al-Kuwari, Member Mr. Ali Ibrahim Al Ibrahim, Member

The Center’s goals and tasks: 1- Creating a successful communication with the society and influencing it throughout outstanding programs. 2- Preparing an enlightened youth generation with good education and intact construction.

3- Forming and preparing young leading generation able to bear responsibilities in the future. 4- Sponsoring and properly supporting youth to achieve the desired goals.

5- Having an effective participation in the forums and events which highlight and discuss youth issues. 6- Sponsoring youth and investing their potentials in purposeful pioneering activities. The center’s sections:

Cultural Activity Section (Library, lectures, youth forums and competitions such as the competition of Aalam Min Qatar (scholarships from Qatar)). Scientific Activity Section: (Researches, innovations, scientific sessions)

Religious Activity Section: (lessons, bulletins, competitions about religious knowledge) Artistic Activity Section: (Theater, Religious Recitation (chorus), Sport Activity, camps)

The center includes a branch consecrated for girls where they practice various activities.

Doha – Umm Mislal – Ahmed Bin Ali Al Thani Street Telephone: +974 44786665 – +974 44727284 Fax: +974 44786644 Website: www. barazanqatar.com

Al-Jamiliya Youth Center Al-Jamiliya Youth Center or the former (Alnasir Youth Center) was a cultural, sport and social institution. It was inaugurated in 1996 at Al-Jamiliya city. The reason beyond the establishment of this center was to provide services to the inhabitants of Al-Jamiliya region and its suburbs including Dokhan, Al-Ghawiriya, Al-Aturiya and many other areas. All these efforts were made in the context of propagating religious and cultural awareness as well as refining youth artistic talents and encouraging them to practice sport. The center officially opened on the 23rd of January, 1996. The first Board of Directors:

Mr. Mesfar Faysal Al-Shehwani, Mr. Rashed Muhammad Al-Jabr Al-Naimi, Mr. Ibrahim bin Hamad Al-Naimi, Mr. Khemaies Seif Al-Mansoori, Mr. Khaled Rashed Al-Kawari, Mr. Ali Faleh Al-Shehwani, Mr. Muhammad Rashed Ameer Al-Hajeri,

Chairman Deputy Chairman Secretary General Treasurer Member Member Member

The center’s goals and tasks: 1- Serving the inhabitants of the region and the suburbs. 2- Preserving the heritage particularly in the field of camels’ species breeding that the region is known for. 3- Qualifying talented youth in arts, culture and sport. 4- Forming chambers of leading youngsters able to participate in the different events. 5- Organizing youth contribution in the environmental projects. 6- Rooting the spiritual and moral values as well as settling the ethical conduct and the societal manners. 7- Propagating the spirit of public serving among youngsters of the region. The center’s sections: • Religious activity section • Cultural activity section: (Theater, recitation, photographing and filming) • Social activity and camps section • Sport activity section • Scientific activity section Al-Jamiliya Telephone: +974 44781737 / +974 44780371 Fax: +974 44781026 Email: [email protected]

Althakhira Youth Center On the 18th of June 2006, HE Secretary-General of the General Authority of Youth promulgated the decision № (16) for the year 2006, issuing the establishment of Althakhira Youth Center. It is a youth center founded thanks to the initiative of a group of Althakhira youngsters in order to create the suitable environment for verbalizing youth’s potentials in the region in youth and social fields. The Board of Directors:

Mr. Hassan Lahdan Al-Muhannadi,

Chairman

Mr. Saad Hassan Al Hassan,

Secretary General

Mr. Issa Muhammad Al-Muhannadi, Mr. Abdurrahman Muhammad Al-Marzooki, Mr. Ahmad Ibrahim Al-Muhannadi,

Deputy Chairman Treasurer Member

The center’s goals and tasks: Working on creating the proper environment to verbalize the region youth’s potentials in the cultural and social fields. Participating in youth and social events held in the State. Cooperating with the authorities that work in the domains concerned with youth and social activities in the State. Assisting in providing the social services to the youngsters of the region. Engaging youth during their spare time in cultural, artistic and innovative activities organized by the center. The center’s sections: Sport Section - Cultural Activity Section - Plastic Arts Section - Scientific Activity Section - Religious Activity Section - Theater Section - Camps Section - Social Activity Section - Recitation Section There is a branch specialized for girls to exercise their various activities

Althakhira Telephone: +974 44722256 - Fax: +974 44722295 Email: althakhira @hotmail.co Website: www.althakhira.com

Sumaisma Youth Center Sumaisma Youth Center was founded the 25th of November, 2007. The center’s activities started before its official opening which took place the 23rd of June, 2008 next to the promulgation of the decision of Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Secretary General of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC). The Sumaisma Youth Center is about 45 km fare away from Doha, and it is about 12 km fare away from Al-khour city. It is serving the region of Tambouk, Al-Jaryan and their neighboring areas.

The first Board of Directors: Mr. Sultan Ali Al-Kuwari, Mr. Muhammad Rabiaa Al-Kuwari, Mr. Jassem Abdallal Al-Kuwari, Mr. Sultan Jaber Al-Hamidi, Deputy Mr. Faraj Meftah Al-Kuwari, Mr. Issa Salman Al-Kuwari, Mr. Hamad Salman Al-Kuwari, Mr. Ghanim Ali Al-Kuwari,

Chairman Secretary General Treasurer Secretary General Member Member Member Member

The center’s goals and tasks: Creating the suitable environment for the upbringing of youth and youngsters culturally, socially, physically and spiritually. Practicing activities related to the culture and the heritage of the region. Working on making available the services provided by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage for all youngsters’ categories from both sexes living outside Doha city. Improving and sustaining the physical fitness of youngsters through organizing amicable and seasonal tournaments for the youth of the center and other centers. Embedding good skills, attitudes and values in the individuals and in the community. The Center’s sections: • Cultural Section • Artistic Section: (Theater, Religious recitation (chorus), Photographing, filming) • Scientific Section • Social Section • Sport Section Sumaisma Telephone: +974 44729705 - Fax: +974 4472970 Website: www.sumaisma.com

Al-Kaaban

Youth Center Al-Kaaban Telephone: +974 44728858 +974 44728859 Fax: +974 44728846 Email: [email protected]

Al-Kaaban Youth Center is among the newest youth institutions which joined the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage. The decision of the establishment of this institution was promulgated on the 13th of November, 2008. HE Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Secretary General of Qatar Olympic Committee, inaugurated the center on Thursday 1st of January, 2009. This center is serving the inhabitants of Al-Kaaban, AlGhwiriya, EinSinan, Al-Jatheea, Al-

Ghashamiya, Fwitar, Laoub, Nouman and the nearby regions. The city of Al-Kaaban is about 65 km far away from Doha the Capital. The first Board of Directors: Mr. Nasser bin Abdullah Saad Al Amer Al-Kaabi, Chairman Mr. Hassan Rashed Mohtal Al-Kaabi, Deputy Chairman Mr. Mubarak Nasser Saeed Rabiaa Al-Kuwari, Secretary General Mr. Rashed Saree Ghazwan Saree Al-Kaabi, Deputy Secretary General Mr. Saad Issa Saad Jomaa Al-Kaabi, Treasurer Mr. Rashed Mubarak Saeed Al Amer Al-Kaabi, Member Mr. Rashed Amer Muhammad Al-Kaabi, Member Mr. Mubarak Rashed Aweedha Al-Kaabi, Member Mr. Saeed Mubarak Saeed Al-Rashedi, Member The center’s goals and tasks: Qualifying youth and enhancing their culture and thought as well as adequately upbringing them to fit the country prestigious status and comply with the current stage that the State is witnessing. Participating in fulfilling the spare time of youth during the period of summer holiday. Supporting youth, social, cultural and educational work as well as sport activities. Opening the centers for the inhabitants of the region to meet and discuss important matters as well as allowing them to hold celebrations. Serving the youth of the region since the center represents a place where they can gather and exercise their activities. The center’s sections: Cultural Activity Section: (Theater, Library) Religious Activity Section Scientific Activity Section Social Activity Section (Charity Festivals – Child Festivals) Sport Activity Section Girls’ Activity Section (Painting and craftworks workshops – recreational visits – the program of the young innovative – religious lessons and lectures)

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Alkhor Girls Center Al-Khour Girls’ Center was established following the decision of the Minister of Culture Arts & Heritage N. (39) of 2010. The first Board of Directors: Mrs. Aisha Rashed Al-Muhannadi, Chairperson Mrs. Hessa Ahmad Al-Muhannadi, Deputy Chairperson Mrs, Emna Derwish Hudaib Messaood, Treasurer Mrs. Hanan Salem Al-Noobi, Secretary General Mrs. Moonira Ibrahim Al-Muraikhi, Member The establishment of this center came in the context of the overall orientation which works on propagating the youth institutions in the different areas of the State, and particularly those including girls’ activities, in order to give them the chance to practice all activities that correspond with their inclinations. Consequently, they will have the chance to purposefully exploit their spare time and thus, both girls and their social environment will benefit from those activities.

This center is the first of its kind in Al-Khour city which is one of Qatar biggest cities and the second capital after Doha city. Al-Khour Girl’s Center was established to take into account the rituals and the traditions which forbid girls from attending centers situated far away from their houses to practice their activities. Al-Khour Girl’s Center, as the first public center for girls in the State, is effectively contributing to the building up of Qatari girl’s personality and preparing her to be an active member in the society. It is evident throughout this division that the roles of youth institutions vary and harmonize in a splendid integral way. In fact, they tackled almost all fields and created for every single talent an outlet and a space. This wouldn’t be accomplished without the effort of a comprehensive department which adjusts the performance of the affiliated institutions and highlights the fact that “the adequate administration is the secret beyond the success of any institution”. In the coming era, the department is working on annexing new youth institutions to its organism, so that all regions in the State from the north to the south will benefit from those efforts. Al-Khour Telephone:+974 44720600 - +974 44720627 -+974 33019435 P.O.Box: 6006

Qatar Cultural and Social Center for Deaf HE Sheikh Saoud Bin Khaled Al Thani, the Chairman of the General Authority of Youth promulgated the decision № (11) for the year 2005 issuing the foundation of a center for deaf -Qatar Cultural and Social Center for Deaf - on the 21st of July, 2005. The center will provide the programs and the activities for the Center’s deaf members to refine their talents and coherently build up their personalities. The establishment of the center was also meant to make deaf people profit from their leisure time and facilitate their integration in the society. The center became a member of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) in July 2007. The first Board of Directors: Mr. Ali Abeed Al-Sanari, Mr. Abdallah Ibrahim Al'Molla, Mr. Muhammad Akeel Al-Benali, Mr. Ahmad Abdallah Al-Meraghi, Mr. Muhammad Issa Al-Noaimi, Mrs. Noor Abdulaziz Al-Badr, Mrs. Fareeda Muhammad Merai, Mr. Ghweereb Salem Al-Merri,

Chairman Deputy Chairman Secretary General Treasurer Member Member Member Member

The center’s goals: Introducing the abilities, the potentials and the skills of the Qatari deaf to the community. Developing the intellectual status and the culture of the deaf members throughout a diverse set of meaningful programs and activities. Creating activities and programs having social, cultural and entertaining aspects so that members will greatly benefit from their leisure time. Rooting competing, cooperating and team working attitudes among deaf members, as well as charging and encouraging them to administrate their activities by themselves. Strengthening the relationship correlating all centers and authorities acting in the field of people with a hearing handicap at the regional, Arab and world level.

Enhancing the communication with the different institutions and authorities in the State and intensifying the mutual cooperation with them in the different fields including activities, celebrations, exhibitions etc. Granting the deaf members advantages and facilities that will contribute in reducing their life burdens. Representing deaf in all local, Arab and international symposia, conferences and forums. Approving deaf rights at the different State authorities. Propagating the culture of deaf among the different social categories including deaf parents, students, volunteer institutions, governmental authorities and the large community, throughout holding several forums, sensitizing lectures, sessions and workshops in sign language. The center’s sections and activities: Religious Activity Cultural Activity Recreational Activity Specialized Sessions Workshops Shows and Exhibitions Exchanging Visits Conferences Ar-RayanMsimeer – Ar-Rahab Street Telephone: +974 44697700 – +974 44681582 Fax: +974 44697711 - P.O.B: 45649 Email: [email protected] Website: www.qdeaf.org

Specialized Centers Friends of the Environment Center Youth Creative Art Center

Girl’s Creativity Center Qatar Volunteer Center

Information Technology Center

Qatar Social and Cultural Center for the Blind Cultural Creativity Center

Youth Theatrical Arts Center

Qatar Cultural and Social Center for Deaf Musical Arts Center

Youth Creative Art Center is one of youth institutions affiliated to the Youth Centers Department in the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage. This center started to be active after the promulgation of the decision № (1) for the year 1997 issued by HE Chairman of the General Authority of Youth and Sports. First Board of Directors: Mr. Salam Ibrahim Al-Malik, Chairman Mr. Ali Hassan Hussein Al-Jaber, Member Mr. Hamad Abdallah Hamad Al-Remihi, Member Mr. Muhammad Saeed Al-Belooshi, Member Mr. Hussein Al-Jaber, Member The center is specialized in the artistic creativity field of youngsters and youth and its task is resumed in three themes: instructional, formative, documentary. The Youth Creative Art Center is looking forward to realize a set of goals to accomplish its quest in order to supply the artistic scene in Qatar with new innovative potentials. Thus, those potentials would stimulate the artistic movement in the country and contribute to the intellectual and the aesthetic development of the Qatari individual. These goals are: Satisfying youth needs for knowledge in the different fields related to plastic arts and culture including their different branches, in addition to promoting the artistic taste among youngsters, assisting them in widening their imagination, enhancing their potentials for innovation and expressing themselves. Following the methods of research and study, assessment and follow up to identify the evolving requirements in the fields of youth artistic creativity. Contributing to the upbringing of the talented youth in the different artistic fields, and providing all tools needed to realize the development and the advancement in the intellectual, artistic and cultural knowledge. It is also the center’s task to upgrad their skills and values that will enable them to undertake their role in the society. Enabling youth to communicate with each other and

participate in the team works and artistic activities to achieve the supreme social goals and develop the spirit of cooperation among them. Enhancing their interaction with artistic activities which will form their personality, consolidate their ties with these activities and protect their time and talent from being wasted in non-vital fields. Contributing to the protection of national artistic heritage and working on enriching it. Strengthening the spirit of loyalty and belonging among youth, recognizing the social needs and identifying the community circumstances. It is also the role of the center to boost their sense of responsibility towards their society by protecting its interests and preserving its intellectual, historical, natural and economic wealth. Youth have to adhere to Islamic and Arabic civilization, become proud of being a Qatari citizen and highlight this originality in their innovative works and activities. Taking part in festivals, exhibitions, cultural forums and in internal and external symposia to highlight Qatar cultural image. Exchanging artistic expertise among Qatari youngsters and with youth from other countries interested in arts. The center’s sections: Oil Painting and drawing Section - Pottery Section - Arabic Calligraphy Typography Art - Graphic Design Doha-Al Sulta Al-Jadida – Ali bin AbiTalib Street Telephone: +974 44660544 – +974 44665650 Fax: +974 44664235 Email: y c a @hotmail.com - Website: www.qalfani.com

Girl’s Creativity Center Girl’s Creativity Center was founded following the decision № (3) of 2001 issued by the Chairman of the General Authority of Youth. The first Board of Directors: Mrs.Wadha Ali Al-Sweedi, Chairperson Mrs. Fatma Abdelaziz Al-Baker, Member Mrs. Noora Zeed Al-Doosari, Member Mrs. Souad Ahmad Al-Salem, Member Mrs. Mooza Jaber Al-Kuwari, Member On the 13th of December, 2003 the decision № (14) for the year 2003 was promulgated to replace the former center’s name (Girls’ Creative Art Center) by the current center’s

name (Girl’s Creativity Center). The center’s goals and tasks: Sponsoring and developing arts and art crafts of talented children and girls. Working on providing all financial and human potentials needed for the realization of the center’s goals. Holding specialized artistic competitions and sessions to select brilliant and talented girls in this field. Setting up periodical exhibitions which include the center’s different activities locally and abroad. Coordinating with authorities and national governmental institutions as well as centers holding such activities locally and abroad. Organizing researches, studies and conferences to discuss the means of upgrading the artistic and artisanal level for girls as well as encouraging them to create and innovate. The center’s sections: Childhood Section - Pottery Section - Music Section - Arabic Calligraphy Section - Oil Painting and Drawing Section (for advanced level) - Painting Principals Section (for beginners) - Handicrafts skills Section

Doha- Al-Maamoura – Al-Maatheed Street Telephone: +974 44688835 / +974 44688837 Fax: +974 44688855 Email Address:[email protected]

Preparing researches, studies and publications related to the volunteer work and work on applying them, in addition to organizing sessions to qualify volunteers in different occasions. To culminate volunteers’ efforts and nobility and to recognize their great efforts in the boosting of volunteer work in the state of Qatar, HE Sheikh Saoud Bin Khaled Al Thani, Chairman of the General Authority of Youth promulgated the decision № (4) for the year 2001, on the 17th of July, 2001 issuing the establishment of Qatar Center for Volunteer Activities. The first Board of Directors: Mr. Khaled Yusuf Al-Mulla, Chairman Mr. Ali Muhammad Al-Obeidli, Member Mrs. Nawal Al-Kebissi, Member Mr. Abdelwahab Abu-Bakr Al-Mosleh, Member Mr. Muhammad Seif Al-Asiri, Member Mrs. Somaya Mahmud Jasim Al-Mutawaa, Member Mr. Abdallah Mahmud Abdallah, Member Mr. Ali Gholoom Jaafar, Member Mr. Yusuf Muhammad Meftah, Member Mr. Hamad Abderrahman Al-Remihi, Member Mrs. Torfa Ali Bad Al-Sadah, Member The Center’s goals: Rooting the awareness of the importance of volunteer work among youth. Developing the sense of community among volunteers. Providing the necessary means and the methods that will help volunteers benefit from their spare time and contribute to the development of their country, within the framework of the State general policy. Strengthening the values of sacrifice and devotion among the individuals of the society. Participating in the overall social developmental projects of the nation. Establishing the general policy for the youth volunteer work. Working on supporting governmental and youth associations with volunteers and assisting them in the fields of rescuing, providing relief, prompt succor and edification.

Specialties of the center: • Setting the general policy of the volunteer work for the youth. • Working on propagating the spirit of volunteer public serving among youth and setting up the needed programs to fill their spare time with purposeful activities. • Coordinating with the national and governmental authorities in the different fields of the center. • Organizing the process of participation in the volunteering public service’s conferences and meetings on the local and regional level as well as on the Arab and the international level. • Attracting and training young Qatari staff to assist the programs and the activities of the volunteer work. • Calling for forming volunteer teams trained to work in the national committees. • Setting and organizing sessions in different occasions to qualify volunteers. • Preparing researches, studies and special publications about the volunteer work and work on applying them. The center’s units: Unit of Information, Research and Studies Unit of Training and Planning Unit of Volunteers Affairs Unit of Public Relations and Educative Media Unit of Activities, Events and Programs (It includes teams and units of intervention) Teams: (young volunteer team, caress team, hardship team, donation team) Units of Intervention: (Qatar Intervention Unit, Alzebara Intervention Unit, Al-bariq Intervention Unit, Al-qafila Intervention Unit, Al-wajba Intervention Unit) Doha – Al-Aziziya – Al-Aziziya Signals Telephone: +974 445808873 – +974 44580862 Fax: +974 44580440 Website: [email protected]

Information Technology Center The Information Technology Center was established under the name of (Youth Center of Information Technology) after the promulgation of the decision № (5) issued on the 16th of January, 2001 by the Chairman of the General Authority of Youth. On the 31st of December, 2003 the decision № (15) was promulgated by the Chairman of the General Authority of Youth changing the center’s name into the current (Information Technology Center). The first Board of Directors: Mr. Ahmed Abdulaziz Al-Bouenin, Mr. Abdallah Salah Al-Kuwari, Mr. Jabr Sultan Al-Hamidi, Mrs Houda Yusuf Al-Al,

Chairman Member Member Member

The Center’s goals: • Preparing the Qatari staff in the field of information technology. • Adequately Employing mechanisms to cove the shortage of technicians in the labor market. • Setting up the plans and the training programs which correspond to the international standards. • Encouraging Qatari youth to develop their individual and collective skills by: Refining those skills Making them aware of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in the field of information technology. Supplying youngsters with the latest scientific updates in the field of information technology and make these updates available for them. Encouraging youngsters to innovate in order to further develop their knowledge and their work. Erasing all kinds of illiteracy related to technology. Upgrading and improving the technical competency of youngsters. Doha – Al-Aziziya – Al-Aziziya Signals Telephone: +974 445808873 – +974 44580862 Fax: +974 44580440 Website: www.itc.edu.qa

Qatar Social and Cultural Center for the Blind Qatar Social and Cultural Center for Blind Qatar Social and Cultural Center for Blind was established next to the decision № (28), promulgated by HE Chairman of the General Authority of Youth. This decision, issued on the 30th of December, 2004 aimed at providing the needed care and the coherent services for blinds and short-sighted. The Center was meant also to upgrade the blind and short-sighted person’s role by evolving the suitable conditions to develop their faculties through scientific, artistic and educational disciplines and methods. The center joined the World Blind Union (WBU) as an official member. It has also joined the Asian Blind Union (ABU). The center celebrates among the different countries of the world the White Cane Day which coincides with the 15th of October of each year.

The first Board of Directors: Mr. Hassan Ibrahim Al-Kuwari, Mr. Khaled Abdulwahab Al-Noaimi, Deputy Mr. Matar Abdallah Al-Mansouri, Mr. Yusuf Muhammad Al-Meftah, Mr. Muhammad Hammam Al-Muhammad, Mr. Walid Muhammad Al-Kohaji, Mr. Ali Muhammad Al-Khayareen, Mr. Maryam Nasser Al-Dafaa, Mr. Khaled Saeed Al-Shoaibi,

Chairman Chairman Secretary General Treasurer Member Member Member member Member

The Center’s goals and tasks: Introducing the blind and the short-sighted throughout the different available means including exhibitions, cultural festivals, conferences and forums, and inviting people to attend them. Consolidating the human relationships among blinds and shortsighted people throughout the available means. Educating and propagating culture among the blinds and the shortsighted people throughout different means. Creating purposeful activities through which the blind and the short-sighted will benefit during their spare time. Facilitating tasks and clearing away obstacles facing blinds and short-sighted people. Consolidating the relationship between the members of the center and the members of other centers in all over the world sharing similar goals. Doha- MadinatKhalifaNorth- Dahil Al-Hamam Telephone: +974 44877544 – +974 44877511 Fax: +974 44877566 Email: [email protected] Website: www.blind.gov.qa

Culture Creativity Center was established after the promulgation of the decision № (2) issued by the chairman of the General Authority of Youth on the 16th of January 2005. The center aimed at evolving the suitable conditions to explore the cultural talents of youngsters and youth from both sexes, and contribute to their advancement within the framework of the State general policy. The first Board of Directors: Mr. Ali bin Abdullah Al-Ansari, Mr. Khaled Al-Jaber, Mr. Abdelhamid Hashem Al-Yusuf, Mr. Mohsen Fahd Al-Hajeri, Mrs. Mashael Al-Dirham, Mr. Omar Al-Yafee, Mrs. Sana Jomaa Al-Boayneen,

Chairman Member Member Member Member Member Member The center’s goals:

Outlining a strategy to develop and sponsor the cultural talents and enhancing them to serve the cultural movement.

Creating favorable environments to upgrade the level of artists and encouraging them to create, innovate and overcome all difficulties facing them. Setting plans, activities and conferences to find out means promoting the level of artists, and encouraging them to create and innovate.

Coordinating, cooperating and exchanging expertise with authorities, national and governmental institutions as well as centers having similar activities inside and outside the country. Improving the cultural scene to realize the center’s vision.

MadinatKhalifa South (34) Street (252) 22 February – Building (190) Telephone: +974 44870576 – +974 44877274 Mobile: +974 6314522 - Fax: +974 4877274 Email: [email protected] qatarccc.org Website: www.qatarccc.org

Youth Theatrical Arts Center Youth Theatrical Arts Center was established under the name of (Youth Theater) after the decision № (3)that was issued on the 16th of January, 2005 by the Chairman of the General Authority of Youth. However, on the 29th of June, 2006 a decision was promulgated issuing the modification of the center’s name, and thus it changed from (Youth Theater) into (Youth Theatrical Arts Center). The first Board of Directors: Mr. Hassan Husain Jaber, Mr. Fahd Al-Baker, Mr. Salman Al-Merri, Mr. Ahmad Meftah, Mr. Salem Al-Mansoori,

Chairman Member Member Member Member

Youth Theatrical Arts Center presents an extension to a long history of support to the theatrical works of youth. The theater emerged in the State of Qatar since the fifties throughout the National Cultural Clubs. In the sixtieth, the Folklore Group for Performing Arts was formed. However, in the early seventies Qatar witnessed the real birth of theater by the foundation of the first theatrical ensemble - Qatar Theater Troup - formed in 1972. The youth theatrical works had a great impact upon the theatrical scene in Qatar since it gave birth to several young talents including directors, actors and writers. The center’s goals and tasks: Further Qualifying Qatar talents in the theater field. Featuring shows which represent Qatar in the international and the Arab events and competitions. Hosting the masters of theater from the Arab world to introduce their experiences for the Qatari artists throughout lectures and training sessions, in addition to other sessions taking place outside the State of Qatar. Encouraging Qatari artists who desire to have academic studies in this field.

Doha – Al-Maamoura Telephone: +974 44582092 – +974 44692141 Fax: +974 44691503 P.O.B: 55077 Email: [email protected]

Homing Pigeons Qatar Association Homing Pigeons Qatar Association was established after the decision № (12) promulgated by the Chairman of the General Authority of Youth on the 30th of May, 2006.

The first Board of Directors: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Ahmed Bin Hassan Al Thani, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Ahmed Bin Faleh Al Thani, Mr. Ali Mubarak Al-Muhannadi, Mr. Jamal Muhammad Al-Noaimi, Mr. Muhammad Abdallah Al-Noaimi, Mr. Hussein Saeed Al-Kobaisi, Mr. Matar Mubarak Al-Dosari, Mr. Abderrahman Ismael Al-Abbassi, Mr. Muhammad Issa Al-sweedi,

Chairman Member Member Member Member Member Member Member Member

Qatar was and is still the source of the best kinds of homing pigeons in the world. Many amateurs in the Gulf describe the great achievements realized by those pigeons taken or bought from Qatar, in addition to the achievements realized by a group of amateurs in races held abroad.

The association’s goals and tasks: Propagating the hobby of homing pigeons’ races among people and further elaborating it in the State of Qatar. Consolidating and tightening relationships between the members of the association throughout practicing the different activities in the association. Rooting the noble values stemming from the spirit of Islam and propagating morals. Properly exploiting the spare time of the association’s members in activities that correspond to their inclinations and satisfy their interests. Consolidating the relationships between the association, the institutions and the national and governmental authorities concerned with the association’s activity as well as participating in the occasions and the different international competitions. the region of Hazim Al-merkhiya heading to the north from Al-merkhiya Club Telephone: +974 4933843 – +974 4933837 Fax: +974 4931703 Website: www.hpqa-qatar.com

Musical Arts Center The center was established next to the promulgation of the decision № (5) issued on the 13th of April, 2006 by the chairman of the General Authority of Youth. The center was inaugurated on the 22nd of November, 2007 and its main goal was educating youth, developing and refining their talents in music. The center was inaugurated by HE Sheikh Saoud Bin Khaled Al Thani, Chairman of the General Authority of Youth. The center presents also the single resort of music learning in Qatar after the former Music Institute which was established during the early eighties. The first Board of Directors: Mr. Abdulaziz Jassim Al-Haidous, Mr. Hani Hussein Al-Khuzaee, Mr. Ossama Hussein Al-Khuzaee, Mr. Saood Abdulaziz Al-Naama, Mr. Khaled Saad Al-Noobee,

Chairman Member Member Member Member

The center’s goals and tasks: Exploring talented youngsters in music, developing and educating them on scientific bases. Preserving Qatar, regional and Arab musical heritage. Featuring purposeful concerts performed exclusively by youth. Contributing in representing the State of Qatar in the different international, Arab and Foreign events throughout musical works highlighting youth issues. Studying the history of music as well as the global and the Arabian musical genres. Representing the youth social category in the musical festivals and the national events. The center provides teaching courses of the following instruments for its members: Lute teaching course - Zither teaching course - Violin teaching course - Piano teaching course Cello teaching course -Flute teaching course - Guitar teaching course - Rhythms teaching course These courses last for 3 months for each instrument; that is 6 courses every 2 years. The teaching staff includes professional music teachers specialized in the field. Doha – Al-Maamoura Telephone: +974 44500643 – +974 44500638 Fax: +974 44504744

Youth Clubs and Associations Al-Jasrah Cultural and Social Club Al-Jasrah Girls Forum Qatar Youth Hostel Association Qatar Scientific Club Qatar Association for Radio Amateurs Qatar Club for Amateurs of Collecting Stamps and Coins Qatar Photographic Society Homing Pigeons Qatar Association Falconry Association Qatar Horse Breeders and Owners Association

Al-Jasrah Cultural and Social Club Al-Jasrah Cultural and Social Club is one of the most important Arab cultural clubs. Since its establishment in 1960, all its activities, goals and events pour in serving the Arab issues until now. The club went over several stages drawing its real strength from the Arab culture. The club hosted also several Arab and international cultural figures from different fields including cultural, political, religious, intellectual, military and many other fields over its different phases. The first Board of Directors founded in 1985 was composed as follow: Dr. Nasser Abdurrahman Derwish, Chairman Mr. Muhammad Nasser Obaidan, Deputy Chairman Mr. Yusuf Muhammad Derwish, Secretary General Mr. Muhammad Saeed Abdulhussein, Treasurer Mr. Jassem Muhammad Naama, Chairman of the Cultural Commission Mr. Ali Jasim Al-Awjan, Chairman of the Social commission Mr. Ahmad Jaber Soroor, Member Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Jeedah, Member Mr. Ibrahim Khalil Al-Jeedah, Member The word “Al-Jasrah” means the passageway, the elevated place from the ground, the bridge and the arch bridge. So that the “Cultural Jasrah” presents a transition point from Qatar to the different districts of the prestigious Arab culture by means of all Arab intellects’ efforts, innovations and studies.

The center’s goals and tasks: Educating youths about their crucial cultural and social role in the society and making available all means and procedures that will help them adequately exploit their spare time to enhance their physical, social, moral and cultural status. Supporting talented youth, encouraging and giving them opportunities to refine and develop their potentials and upgrading their level in various fields to serve the society. The club aims at preserving and reviving the heritage and the traditional rituals by celebrating them annually. The club is working ontransferring the features of Qatar heritage and civilization to the different countries in all over the world by holding cultural weeks outside the State. The club’s sections: • Cultural Activity Section • Scientific Activity Section • Religious Activity Section • Theater Activity Section • Plastic Arts Section • Photographing and Filming Section • Music Section • Social Activity Section • Camps • Cultural Exhibition

Al-Kornish besides Qatar National Museum Telephone: +974 44273124 – +974 44432173 Fax: +974 44439367 Email Address: [email protected]

Al-Jasrah Girls Forum Mrs. Sheikha Al Mahmoud - former Minister of Education inaugurated the forum on the 15th of Ramadan corresponding to the 30th of October, 2004. The forum is related to AlJasrah Cultural and Social Club which is in turn affiliated to the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, that’s why it was named Al-Jasrah Forum. The forum introduces a set of various activities including lectures about religion or other scientific, social and cultural activities covering all Arab girls and ladies’ concerns. Those activities are held in cooperation with schools to introduce for students valuable information in the different fields. The forum organizes also special sessions such as sport activity, swimming as well as various handicrafts occupations. Furthermore, it provides other services such as teaching computer sciences, traditional activities, weaving (al-sadow), decoration and scouts occupations. The forum holds also festivals, trips and creates recreational activities.

The forum’s goals: Creating a social involvement for all family members in the different activities. The forum verbalizes the family role to upgrade the social work and gives great importance to the involvement of the different social categories including youngsters and children in the social work as a future preparation for them to bear the responsibilities of this work. The forum is committed to engage some other categories of the society in the events and activities which help them participate in the social work and verbalize the role of woman in the social work starting from her role in the family. The forum involves the other State institutions to achieve the cultural and social work goals. It communicates also with foreign cultural authorities to boost the cultural and social work within the prevailing values and the general policies of the State. The forum helps establish the appropriate environment to upgrade women cultural work for the Qatari female writers. Doha – Al-Salta Telephone: +974 44659149 - +974 44553820 Fax: +974 44552968 - P. O .B: 3521

Qatar Youth Hostels Association

The association’s goals and tasks: Implementing various programs and providing opportunities for acquaintance and cooperation among youth as well as encouraging them to travel. Encouraging youth to study and serve the environment as well as training them to be self-reliant. Participating in serving the community and in the various religious, cultural, social and artistic programs. Increasing youth knowledge of culture, urbanization and history. Organizing symposia and training sessions to prepare the needed leaders and members of the youth hostel movement in the State. Organizing meetings for youth throughout exchanging visits between Qatar youngsters and those of the friendly countries. Doha – Al-Laqta- Makkah Street Telephone: +974 44872401 – +974 44864174 Fax: +974 44882519 Email : [email protected]

Qatar Youth Hostel Association was founded after the promulgation of the decision № (13) of 1983 by the Deputy Chairman of Higher Council for Youth welfare. The first Board of Directors: HE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Eid Al Thani, Mr. Muhammad Faraj Kassem, Mr. Abdennoor Abdulaziz Ziarah, Mr. Salah Abdallah Al-Merri, Mr. Ali Hassan Matar Al-Rabaan,

Chairman Member Member Member Member

The Scientific Club was founded according to the decision Nr. (73) of 1987 by the Deputy Chairman of the General Authority of Youth.

Qatar Scientific Club

The first Board of Directors from 1987 to 1989: Dr. Ibrahim Salah Al-Noaimi, Chairman Eng. Muhammad Yacoub Yusuf Al-Sayed, Deputy Chairman Mr. Abdelaziz Abdallah Al-Sayed, Secretary Mr. Hazim Abdallah Al-Sada, Treasurer Sheikh Abderrahman bin Muhammad bin Jabr Al Thani, Member Eng. Ahmad Ali Al-Doosari, Member Mr. Adel Yahya Ibrahim, Member Mr. Hamad Abderrahman Al-Remihi, Member My. Yusuf Muhammad Al-Kuwari, Member Qatar Scientific Club encourages youth to pay great care for science and technology and urge them to innovate in those fields. In fact, this will contribute to the development of skills and knowledge among youngsters in addition to the improvement of the human resources in the State of Qatar, since it enhances youth mental skills and innovations and assist them to be lifelong learners. Consequently, those innovative, well-educated and enlightened youngsters will easily confront the challenges of the 21st century. The club’s goals and tasks: Exploring and enhancing the talents and the scientific knowledge of youth. Stimulating youngsters to search and innovate in science and technology fields. Creating the proper attracting environment such as the suitable locations, workshops, laboratories and the modern educational resources to practice the different scientific hobbies. Keeping up with the technological development in the world and creating activities as well as scientific and training programs needed to acquire the convenient contemporary technologies. Providing the opportunity for a lifelong education and skill development, in addition to encouraging outdoor activities focusing on methodology in the fields of science and technology.

The club’s sections: The section of mechanical engineering sciences includes the following units: Mechanics, Cooling and air conditioning, turning and radiator, welding unit. The section of technical affairs includes the following units: Computer, electronics, electricity, design and innovation. The section of the biological sciences includes the unit of aquatic biology. The section of space and astronomy sciences Media center The section of electric racing cars The section of scientific and recreational camps The unit of projects Young Scientists Club Girls’ Club (under construction) Doha – Msemeer – AbouHamour Telephone: +974 44696200 +974 44694004 Fax: +974 44691900 Website: www.qatarsc.org

Qatar Association for Radio Amateurs Qatar Association for Radio Amateurs was established on the 17th of June, 1991 next to the promulgation of the decision № (2) issued by the General Authority for Youth and Sport. It was affiliated to Qatar Telecom (Qtel) and acted under its supervision. Qatar Association for Radio Amateurs was officially inaugurated on the 22nd of February, 1993. The first Board of Directors: HE Mr. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiya, Chairman HE Brig. Majran Hajras Al-Ateeq, Deputy Chairman Col. Sabaan Mesmar Al-Jasim, Secretary General Mr. Muhammad Abderrahman Al-Mannai, Treasurer Sheikh Jabr bin Hamad Al Thani, Member Brig. Muhammad Sanan Al-Aseeri, Member

The association’s goals and tasks: Developing the hobby of radio among citizens and residents and organizing its activities according to the regulations of this field. Training the amateurs on using radios and providing the needed equipment for that purpose. Establishing humanistic relationships and worldwide friendships between amateurs in Qatar and their colleagues outside the country which would contribute in introducing Qatar and its evolution abroad. Cooperating with authorities in establishing the regulations related to the grant of radio licenses and the equipment used, within the framework of the international conventions organizing the different aspects of this hobby. Organizing local and regional competitions for radio amateurs and giving them the opportunity to participate in the international competitions held in this field. Participating in the conferences and symposia related to this hobby held in Qatar and abroad. Providing technical counseling for the members concerning the choice of equipment and antennas and assisting them in the installation process. In the association there is a library holding special magazines and books about the radio hobby. The association provides different kinds of contacts for amateurs such as the contact by means of code (Morse code) or the contact through the radio.

Saheem Bin Mohammed Street № 82 Telephone: +974 44477911 – +974 44477922 Fax: +974 44477955

Qatar Club for Amateurs of Collecting Stamps and Coins The idea of creating Qatar Club for Amateurs of Collecting Stamps and Coins evolved in 1995, and then it was introduced to the General Authority for Youth and Sport. Thus, the outline and the general goals of the club establishment which was largely successful were traced. Qatar Club for Amateurs of Collecting Stamps and Coins was established on the 16th of December, 1995 and on 23rd of November, 1998 HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani inaugurated the club’s headquarter. The first Board of Directors: HE Sheikh Saoud Bin Mohammed Bin Ali Al Thani, Mr. Hussein Rajab Al-Ismael, Mr. Adel Abdallah Al-Husseini, Mr. Muhammad Ali Mubarak Derwish, Mr. Saad Shartab, Mr. Hassan Moossa Abu-Haligah, Mr. Ibrahim Al-Dehimi, Mr. Othman Nasser Al-Dehimi, Mr. Yacoub Jaber Soroor,

Chairman Member Member Member Member Member Member Member Member

The club’s goals and tasks: -Assisting amateurs of stamps collecting in the State of Qatar and abroad to develop and propagate this hobby and create opportunities of cooperation among amateurs. - This hobby is to be taken as a means to introduce the glorious figures of the country as well as introducing the nation evolution, since it reflects the country history and its progress over time and the succeeding generations. -Spreading friendship throughout the meetings held by the club in which amateurs from all over the world take part. -Making emphasis on the artistic, historical, scientific and cultural aspects of the hobby. -Encouraging amateurs by facilitating their communication throughout seminars, conferences and exhibitions as well as by publishing researches, booklets and magazines focusing on that subject matter. - Sensitize youth about the concept of the stamp since it represents a majestic symbol illustrating friendship and love between nations. - Preserving amateurs’ rights by cooperating with specialized authorities. - Representing the State of Qatar in the specialized exhibitions in this field at home and abroad. - Issuing periodic publications in the field of stamps collection. Doha- Al-Sadd – the main Street Telephone: +974 44323293 – +974 44421838 Fax: +974 44324435 - P.O.B: 10933 Email: [email protected] Website: www.qpnc.com.qa

The idea of establishing the association started when a group of photography amateurs gathered to introduce their photos of the national heritage. They decided upon generating the first Qatari group of photographic arts in the State of Qatar. This group affiliates to the Culture, Arts and Heritage Department which once was affiliated to the Ministry of Information. In 1995, Qatar Photographic Society was officially proclaimed. The association counts now 650 members of men and ladies. The association is also a member in the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) and a member of American Photography Association. The First Board of Directors: Sheikh Fayssal bin Fahd Al Thani, Mr. Abderrahman Obaidan Fakhroo, Mr. Muhammad Abderrahman Al-Mannai, Mr. Ahmad Yusuf Al-Khalifi, Mr. Hussein Ali Al-Jaber, Mr. Fadhl Abdallah Bahzad, Mr. Khalifa Al-Obaidli,

Chairman Deputy Chairman Treasurer P.R. Secretary General Exhibitions Officer Laboratory Officer

The association specialties and tasks: Qatar Photographic Society is sponsoring the photographic movement in the State of Qatar and it holds the outstanding talents in this field and works on: -Holding lectures and symposia to discuss subjects related to photography in which many invited specialists participate. -The association organizes specialized sessions in all photography fields including (Fundamental principles of photography – Portraits - the silent nature – acidification and processing of colored and black and white films, processing photos using Photoshop software - Fusing photos – Numeric photographing) -The association holds also annual exhibitions special for its members in addition to the personal exhibitions held and organized by the association. -Taking part in exhibitions organized by the other agencies and governmental authorities during their sport, artistic, cultural and political events. -Overseeing all photographic contests held by the specialized authorities and the governmental ones in the country in the photography field. -Supervising and organizing “Al Thani International Contest of Photography”. - Contributing with some snapshots from the works of the association’s members to decorate calendars published by the different institutions. - Representing the State of Qatar in the international events of photography. The building of the association includes: - Exhibition Hall - Lecture Hall - Photographic Studios - Labs to processing pictures - Computer room - Library - Separate branch for girls Doha -Al-Hilal 4th ring Telephone: +974 44677793 - Fax: +974 44677792 Email : [email protected] Website: www.qps.com.qa The Cultural Village (Katara) Building No. 18 Telephone: +974 44081812

Falconry Association

Falconry Association was established after the promulgation of the decision (9) for the year 2008 issued by HE the Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage.

The first Board of Directors: Mr. Nasser Bin Ghanim Al-Ali, Mr. Ali Hajeem al-Adhbi, Mr. Khaled Ali Al-Badi, Mr. Zayed Muhammad Al-Ali, Mr. Abdallah Ibrahim Al-Maliki,

Chairman Member Member Member Member

The association’s goals and tasks: Stimulating youth to preserve the wildlife of falcons and protecting the rare species. Orienting youth to preserve falconry as a part of the country heritage. Educating youth about the different types and methods of falconry and the protection of the environment. Developing the skills of falconry among youth throughout the different available methods as well as investing positively the youth spare time in this field. Exploring the outstanding and the innovative talents in the association field. Holding national, regional, Arab and international events and encouraging people to participate in such activities. Holding symposia for introducing and informing youth about the popular heritage in the field of falconry.

General Institution of the Cultural Village Telephone: +974 44081366 - +974 44081369 Fax: +974 44081747 Email: [email protected]

Qatar Horse Breeders and Owners Association

The association’s goals: Reviving the field of horse owning and breeding as a part of Qatar heritage and traditions and propagating those traditions among the large community of youth. The association is seeking benefiting from the great interest and the growing willingness among people in Qatar society for horse breeding. It is in fact a good beginning in the State of Qatar and an urge to spend more efforts in this field and to provide facilities, information and aids to horses breeders. Suggesting the methods which support the owners and the breeders and the ways of benefiting from the facilities that can be possibly provided by the association. Working on holding sessions and symposia to edify those who breed and produce horses. Coordinating and cooperating with all authorities concerned with horse breeding locally, regionally and internationally Doha TEL.: +974 44807509/ +974 44807510 Fax: +974 44807514 email: [email protected]

Qatar Horse Breeders and Owners Association was established as a youth authority on the 30th of June, 2009 after the promulgation of the decision № (41) for the year 2009 issued by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage. The first Board of Directors: Mr. Mubarak Bin Said Nasser Al-Noaimi, Chairman Mr. Meshaal Ali Muhammad Al-Atiyya, Deputy Chairman Mr. Hassan bin Ali Al-Matwee, Secretary General Mr. Muhammad Abdallah Abdulmalek, Member Mr. Rahsed Muhammad Soltan Al-Melki Al-Jahanee, Member Mr. Dhafi rashed Hassan Al-Ardhi Al-Merri, Member Mr. Muhammad Abdallah Muhammad Al-Saletee, Member Mr. Abderrahman Muhammad Al-Mansoor, Member

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