Qatar University’s Cultural Village 2014 was a resounding success in showcasing the myriad of nationalities at the organization and highlighting the spirit of mutual respect and goodwill enjoyed among them, its organizers said.
In its 8th instalment, the event which is organized by the institution’s Student Activities Department again brought students together to show off the culture and heritage of their countries and become acquainted with those of their colleagues. Separate-gender events were held at the Men’s Activities Building and Women’s Activities Building.
Thirty-three booths representing 21 countries were featured at the event which drew the presence of Qatar Minister for Youth and Sport H E Mr Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser Al Ali, diplomatic representatives from Bahrain, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, The Philippines, and Yemen, QU leaders, staff, faculty, and members of the wider community.
Department head Al Jazzi Al Fetais said: “What a wealth of talent and creativity on display in this event! The students never fail to impress us all with their proud rendering of the culture and heritage of their countries. The Village is a fitting showcase of the cultural diversity at QU and enhances the spirit of connectedness among us all. It is also an invaluable opportunity for the students to demonstrate their skills in organization, teamwork, and communication. Hats off to them for making this another unforgettable event.”
The final day of the 4-day extravaganza saw the crowning of winners of the Best Booth: Palestine (women), Saudi Arabia (men). Second-place winners were Qatar (women), Bahrain (men), and 3rd place Sudan (women and men).
Winners of the Best Cultural Performance were Qatar, Oman and Palestine (women) and Egypt, Bahrain and Syria (men). Prizes were distributed by Vodafone Qatar External Relations head Mohammed Al-Yami.
“We’re very proud to support Qatar University’s Cultural Village. Vodafone is strongly committed to the success of these initiatives that aim at enriching cultural experiences from around the world particularly for the youth. It is a great opportunity to introduce students to various cultural backgrounds and bridge the way for a productive dialogue that is truly enlightening,” Al-Yami said.
Judith Bennett Henry
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