The Sidra Tree Story
Reaching upwards towards perfection.
“The Sidra tree, growing strong and proud in the harshest of environments, has been a symbol of perseverance and nourishment across the borders of the Arab world. What is the significance of this glorious tree? With its roots bound in the soil of this world and its branches reaching upwards toward perfection, it is a symbol of solidarity and determination; it reminds us that the goals of this world are not incompatible with the goals of the spirit.”
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser
Qatar Foundation Chairperson, 13 October 2003.
Qatar Foundation’s logo is the Sidra tree (Ziziphus spina-christi) which is native to Qatar and flourishes in the harsh and arid climate. It grows in the wild and can be found throughout the country, especially in northern and central Qatar.
QF consists of around 50 centers and the branches of the Sidra tree represent the diversity of QF today. The leaves, flowers and fruits equate to the individual lives that the tree nourishes, with the fruits going on to produce seeds that guarantee sustainability and a healthy future.
The Sidra tree’s deep roots are seen as a strong anchor, connecting contemporary learning and growth with the country's culture and heritage.
Poets, scholars and travelers would traditionally gather in the shade of the Sidra’s spreading branches to meet and talk. This aspect of the Sidra tree’s role is reflected in QF’s commitment to education and community development.
As well as being a naturally comfortable and convenient place at which to gather and exchange knowledge and opinions, it is also a very healthy location. The tree's fruit, flowers and leaves provide the ingredients for many traditional medicines, which reflects QF’s science and research objectives.
The Sidra tree is perhaps the most prominent tree in Qatar and it means many different things to many different people. It certainly occupies a special position in the hearts of the Qatari people, which is why it is the perfect symbol for the vision and mission of QF today.