Qatar University is honored to choose HE Mr. Salah bin Ghanim al-Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports, as the CSR Person of the Year 2016 in recognition of HE’s contribution to inspire the young generation through the achievements of the Ministry of Culture and Sports that are based on the ministry’s vision: “Towards conscious society with a sound spirit and body”.
This vision seeks to strengthen the community and secure its intellectual, psychological and aesthetic security, so the culture becomes a safety net while accomplishing a better tomorrow, and, at the same time, forming its own character that is distinguished from other communities and giving our country a significant place within the civilized march of nations.
Based on this vision, new cultural centers were inaugurated with a new approach towards cultural activities allowing creative individuals of being independent in managing their affairs, in defending their causes and while exposing their creative products. The Centre for Theater Affairs was established, in addition to the “Civilized Conscience” Center, the Music Affairs Centre, the Cultural and Traditional Events Center, and the Qatar Centre for Poetry “Diwan Al Arab “. All these operational structures seek to embrace intellectuals and influence the community through the creation of a public cultural opinion, and to boost the creative movement without tutelage on the creative decision because the ministry’s role at this stage is to put the overall strategy, follow-up, help and provide governance, and not taking the executive role defined by Ministries of Culture traditionally. The society needs a quantum leap in the ministry job itself, which is not to practice monopoly on the cultural march, and not to claim possession of culture, but to provide the proper conditions to build a national culture for intellectuals and artists and help them achieve progress of the society. The ministry organized a series of programs, projects, and cultural and arts events included seminars and lectures, festivals, celebrations and participations in official occasions, inside the country and abroad. In addition to art galleries, printing of new books, and translation of many foreign books into Arabic, or Arabic books into different languages.