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The Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla at Katara yesterday.
DOHA: H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation’s Board of Directors, yesterday met with Charles, the Prince of Wales at her QF office.
Sheikha Moza briefed Prince Charles on the existing partnerships between the foundation and a number of British universities, research institutes and technology firms.
She hailed the efforts by Prince Charles to promote dialogue among religions and his charity work that seeks to enhance local social development.
The meeting also discussed creating programmes that promote dialogue and deepen understanding between religions and cultures. The two sides also agreed to meet again to discuss plans of these programmes, along the lines of the festival: “Qatar-UK 2013: Year of Culture.”
The Prince of Wales also visited a number of R&D companies at the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), as well as reviewed two key main QSTP initiatives; Qatar Robotics Surgery Center (QRSC) and the Sustainable Management of Fisheries Resources Project in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment.
He was greeted by Dr Fathy Saoud, President of Qatar Foundation, Dr Thomas Zacharia, Executive Vice President of R&D, Qatar Foundation, and Hamad Al Kuwari, Managing Director of QSTP.
Prince Charles met with several other UK research outfits based out of QSTP including Virgin Health Bank, Rolls Royce, TRL, Vodafone and Qatar Cardiovascular Research Centre where he received a brief overview of the latest R&D efforts being implemented and how both countries were mutually benefiting from these collaborative research initiatives.
The Prince of Wales was presented with a symbolic gift — a gold leaf of the
Sidra tree, which is the trademark of Qatar Foundation, representing unity between Qatar’s remarkable growth and its strong roots to its culture and heritage.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also visited of the cultural village (Katara) in the presence of H E Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari and Katara Director General Dr Khalid Al Sulaiti and a number of artistes.
They toured the various sections including the workshop of School of Prince Charles for Traditional Arts and the Arts and Disability exhibition, organised by the British Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage which opens its doors to the public today.