July 4, 2013

QF Embraces New Chapter In The History Of The Nation

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Qatar Foundation Embraces New Chapter In The History Of The Nation

With a dream for a prosperous future that is founded upon the potential of Qatari youth, His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani has played a monumental role in helping to foster the aspirations of future generations by heralding a new era of knowledge and development.

This inspirational journey and quest for knowledge took root in 1995 when His Highness Sheikh Hamad shared his vision of the future with his wife, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. Together, they conceived an ambitious plan for the future development of their country and founded Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, with the aim of providing Qatari nationals with comprehensive resources to enhance their knowledge, health, and develop many areas of their community.

With unwavering trust and confidence in the capabilities of Qatari youth, His Highness Sheikh Hamad backed his conviction by placing emphasis on the importance of universal education, and in the crucial role of Qatari youth as global ambassadors for development.

His Highness the Father Amir said, “The new world educational system recognizes that education is a universal right and hence enables students wherever they might be to have access to the means of innovation, creativity, acquisition of knowledge and expertise and the practice of responsibility.”

And in keeping with his pledge for a promising future for all Qatari nationals, His Highness Sheikh Hamad has transferred power to his capable son His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, who shares his father’s futuristic outlook of supporting youth and investing in their skills as they advance the nation towards a sustainable future.

In his address to the nation earlier this week, His Highness the Father Amir urged Qatari youth to step forward by supporting this worthwhile mission, and to stand alongside His Highness Sheikh Tamim by working hard to help fulfill the aspirations of the future generations.

He said, “The time has come to turn a new leaf in the history of our nation, where a new generation steps forward to shoulder the responsibility with their dynamic potential and creative thought. You, our children, are the munitions of this homeland; builders of its present and bearer of its future torch. We have always thought well of you; pinning hopes on you; and you by virtue of your genuine eagerness and sincere achievements have proven to be deserving to lead and take our confidence.”

After being handed the reins of power, His Highness Sheikh Tamim will undoubtedly follow in his father’s footsteps by leading the nation to greater success and achievement in the realm of education, research, sports, healthcare, and community development.

His Highness Sheikh Tamim has been designated as the Heir Apparent since August 2003 and holds many posts within leading Qatari institutions, including his role as Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for Qatar Foundation. He has played a pivotal role in the development of Qatar National Vision 2030, which offers a clear roadmap for the future of Qatar by fostering human capital and economic growth.

In his first speech as head of state, His Highness Sheikh Tamim said he would follow the path of his father Sheikh Hamad, who is the architect of the modern Qatari state. He focused on regional and domestic issues, including the challenge of diversifying income and investing for future generations.

His Highness Sheikh Tamim is responsible for initiating many key projects including the Qatar National Food Security Program. He has also held several influential posts including President of the Qatar National Olympic Committee, Vice President of the Supreme Council for Economic Affairs and Investment, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Qatar Investment Authority, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Public Works Authority and the Urban Planning & Development Authority, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for the Environment and Natural Reserves.

Qatar Foundation will continue to work diligently by helping to achieve the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030 and facilitate Qatar’s mission towards a knowledge economy by unlocking human potential.

Dr Mohammad Fathy Saoud, President of Qatar Foundation, commended the importance of this historic step in the State of Qatar’s journey and said, “Handing over the reins of power to His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of Qatar marks the beginning of a new era in which His Highness will be responsible for leading the nation in line with the Qatar National Vision. Under his rule, citizens of Qatar can look forward to being witness to the continuation of development of the country in all aspects.Over the last two decades, His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani laid the foundations in positioning Qatar not only in the GCC but in the Arab and Islamic Nations and we are certain that His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of Qatar will only enhance this position.”

He added, “Qatar Foundation will continue to align its vision and mission to that of the State of Qatar.We are committed to contributing to the growth of the nation by investing in human development to continue the journey of the country towards a knowledge economy. We will remain steadfast in achieving our goal to provide a promising and sustainable economy for future generations based on the development of Science and Technology.”

Engineer Saad Al Muhannadi, Vice President of Capital Projects and Facilities Management at Qatar Foundation, expressed similar sentiments and praised the inspiring speech of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.
He said, “We were inspired by the speech of His Highness on this special occasion, in which he shed light on the role of the Qatari citizen in the achievement of this country’s development and growth, which requires Qatar Foundation to continue investing in the capacities of Qatari youth in particular to be able to achieve the vision of our wise leadership which is aimed at boosting the status of Qatar and its people.”

Mr Faisal M. Alsuwaidi, President of Research and Development at Qatar Foundation also emphasized the Foundation’s critical role.

“Qatar Foundation is contributing through its role in the achievement of a broader framework for the future vision set by His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, which is aimed at developing the health, education, research, culture and sport sectors and at ensuring the proper planning and management to transform Qatar into an advanced country capable of achieving sustainable development,” he said.

“We are confident that with the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim, we will be capable of pursuing the journey launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, for Qatar to become the beacon that guides the people of the region and the whole world in the fields of education, development, science, research, and in other areas.”

Mr Rashid Al Naimi, Vice President of Administration for Qatar Foundation, underlined the significance of this historic moment in the nation’s development and said, “Handing over the reins of power to His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of Qatar, indicates the faith of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani in the capacity of the young Qatari generation to complete the process of the country’s progress and development to reach the place it deserves among other countries. We, at Qatar Foundation, will continue to carry the banner of development in the fields of education, sciences and community development, to contribute to the achievement of the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030 that focuses on the Qatari citizen.”

His Excellency Dr Sheikh Abdulla Bin Ali Al-Thani, President of Hamad bin Khalifa University and Vice President of Education at Qatar Foundation, stressed the wise vision of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani who handed power to his son His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of Qatar and said: “The State of Qatar and its wise leadership consistently confirm that Qatar is a pioneer in different fields and domains. Thus, the achievements of the nation over the past few years, including mainly Qatar Foundation, indicate the wise assessment and clear vision of the leadership.”

His Excellency Dr Al-Thani added, “The mandate of His Highness Sheikh Tamim will enhance the sustainability of progress and renaissance of Qatar and will provide more prosperity for its people. We, at Qatar Foundation and Hamad bin Khalifa University, will go ahead under the banner of the wise leadership and provide human capital with the scientific skills and knowledge enabling them to contribute to the achievement of Qatar National Vision 2030.