Doha: Qatar Charity (QC)has opened an office in London — QCUK — to oversee its projects in Europe.
The decision was made in light of the development of projects in terms of quality and quantity.
The office was opened by a QC delegation, headed by Chairman H E Sheikh Hamad bin Nasser Al Thani and CEO Yusuf bin Ahmed Al Kuwari, in the presence of Qatari Ambassador Khalid bin Rashid Al Mansouri, a high-level delegation from the Qatari embassy and the Managing Director of the office, Salman Galadari.
Sheikh Hamad bin Nasser and Al Mansouri cut the ribbon that marked the beginning of work in the office.
“The opening of the office comes because of the need for direct supervision of QC projects in Britain and Europe, especially with the development of these projects and the increase in their size,” Sheikh Hamad bin Nasser said.
He said the cost of QC’s projects in Europe since 2010 had exceeded QR500m, and included those for the Muslim communities.
“QC seeks to increase its presence globally to serve humanity across all continents.
“We see the world as one village and we must serve the whole village, particularly in light of the success we have achieved as we carried out 40 percent of Qatari humanitarian aid abroad. “The office will be a door to Europe, allowing people of good will to donate. It will act as an ambassador of the people of Qatar to improve the impact of donations for charitable projects,” he said.
Al Kuwari said the office comes within the framework of an expansion plan adopted by QC, which requires a direct presence through field offices, supervised by staff with expertise in charitable and humanitarian work.
“The office will work on direct follow-up of development projects in Britain or other European countries including France and Italy, where QC has established Islamic centres, schools and institutes, in addition to other projects and programmes in European countries such as Bosnia, Kosovo and Albania.”
Galadari gave a presentation on QC and its goals and work, pointing out that the main goal is to support social and economic progress of the most disadvantaged in the UK and other European countries, help strengthen society there, help improve efficiency with which donations are collected in these countries and work with charitable organisations to support humanitarian work in general.
He said the office will provide an opportunity for Qatari investors and businesses in the UK to carry out their social responsibility.
QC has 18 offices in Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Palestine (two offices), Mauritania, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Niger, Burkina Faso, Comoros, Mali, Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Tunisia and the UK, covering Asia, Africa and Europe.