Vice Chairman of Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) Board of Trustees, Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed Al Thani, and (RIGHT) curator at QMA, Nasser Youssef Al Hamadi.
Doha: The International Council of Museums Arab Countries Alliance (ICOM-ARAB) has elected Vice Chairman of Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) Board of Trustees, Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed Al Thani, as the new Chair of the ICOM-ARAB, and curator at QMA Nasser Youssef Al Hamadi as Treasurer of the council.
The election of the new board for 2013-2016 was held in August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the ICOM 23rd General Conference. The results of the election were announced to the ICOM-ARAB members on August 13, in the presence of the President of ICOM, Dr Hans-Martin Hinz.
Commenting on this achievement, ICOM-ARAB Treasurer, Nasser Al Hammadi, said: “The election of Sheikh Hassan as the new Chair of the ICOM-ARAB in addition to a number of Qatari museum experts comes as a result of the great trust the Arab countries and the ICOM international members have in the Qataris, their work, their educational background and professional expertise. We would like to dedicate this achievement to the Qatari people and H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, QMA Chairperson, whose support was essential to the success of Qatar in the field of museums. We hope during our tenure at the ICOM-ARAB to highlight the cultural progress of the state of Qatar.”
In 2003, QMA became a member of ICOM with which it shares the commitment to the conservation, continuation and communication to society of the world’s historical and cultural heritage, including Qatari art and heritage.
Thousands of museums experts from all over the world participated in this year’s ICOM General Conference, exchanged ideas, discussed the challenges museums are facing today, and debated around the theme: Museums (memory + creativity) = social change.
ICOM-ARAB is a Regional Alliance of the International Council of Museums. It provides a forum for the exchange of information and cooperation between museums and museum professionals in the participating National Committees of the Arab Countries region.
ICOM-ARAB is a partner of other regional ICOM organisations in the conservation, continuation and communication of culture.