Al Sharq marks 25th anniversary

November 07, 2012 - 4:55:17 am

Sheikh Dr Khalid bin Thani bin Abdullah Al Thani presents the prize to a winner of the Arabic cartoon contest which was held as part of the Media Expo organised by Dar Al Sharq.

DOHA: Dar Al Sharq yesterday held a dinner reception to mark the 25th anniversary of its flagship newspaper, Al Sharq, which was attended by a host of prominent figures, among them Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, Director-General of Aljazeera Media Network, and Sheikh Dr Khalid bin Thani bin Abdullah Al Thani, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of Dar Al Sharq.

Also in attendance were chief editors from various Gulf-based newspapers and general manager of Dar Al Sharq, Abdullateef Al Mahmoud. He said in a speech delivered on the occasion that the previous years had been full of challenges and achievements for Al Sharq.

Dar Al Sharq has come a long way and is presently a major media house in the country, said Al Mahmoud. Al Sharq is playing a role which is in line with the lofty objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030.

Al Mahmoud recalled the role played by the founder-chairman of Dar Al Sharq, Sheikh Jabr bin Jassim Al Thani, and vice-chairman, Sheikh Abdulrahman Al Mahmoud, and said they laid the foundation of Dar Al Sharq and its flagship daily, Al Sharq.

Jaber Al Harmi, Editor-in-Chief of Al Sharq, also spoke and said that the newspaper’s journey from 1987 to date had been quite eventful, challenging and full of achievements. Through in-depth and extensive coverage of local news and events over the past 25 years Al Sharq has been able to build strong ties in the community, he said, adding that the coverage of sports and business and other news was equally a forte of Al Sharq.

Present as a guest at the function was Saad Al Rumaihi, the founder-editor-in-chief of Al Sharq. In his address at the dinner-reception he recalled how he and his team began working in 1985 to bring out what is Al Sharq today. “We made preparations for two years to launch the newspaper which was then (in 1987 — at the time of launch) known as ‘Alkhaleej Al Yaum’ (Gulf Today). Later, the name of the newspaper was changed to Al Sharq,” Al Rumaihi said.

Khalid Al Sayed, Editor-in-Chief of The Peninsula, also addressed the audience at the event and announced details of an ‘Arab Cartoon Contest’ which was held as part of ‘Media Expo Qatar 2012’ organised by Dar Al Sharq at the Doha Exhibition Centre to mark 25 years of Al Sharq.

Prizes worth QR100,000 were offered for cartoons that were adjudged first, second and third in the contest in which some 154 cartoonists from a number of Arab countries took part. Some 870 entries were received for the contest, Al Sayed said. Some 10 percent of these entries were from women.

According to Al Sayed, the objective of the cartoon contest was to attract Arab cartoonists and explore and encourage talent in the Arab world in the field. He said that Dar Al Sharq is keen to make this contest an annual event. The Peninsula

Sheikh Dr Khalid bin Thani bin Abdullah Al Thani being received by Abdullatif Al Mahmoud, General Manager of Dar Al Sharq, as he arrives to attend a function held to mark the 25th anniversary of Al Sharq newspaper at the Diplomatic Club yesterday. RIGHT: Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, Director-General of Aljazeera Media Network, Jaber Al Harami, Editor-in-Chief of Al Sharq, and Ibrahim Al Sayed, Deputy General Manager of Dar Al Sharq at the function.Pictures by Syed Omar