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With 2019 declared as the India-Qatar cultural year, Qatar Museums has officially announced a series of exhibitions, competitions, festivals and evens that will celebrate the union of the 2 countries. The program is designed to promote mutual understanding, recognition and appreciation between both sovereign nations of the Republic of India and the State of Qatar. Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture will invite audiences in Qatar and India to explore their cultural similarities, as well as celebrate their differences.


HE the Indian Ambassador Mr. P. Kumaran stated, “We are happy to partner with Qatar Museums for the Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture ‘ and look forward to organizing a number of cultural events during the course of the year, in a manner that effectively showcases the deep cultural roots and people-to-people links between India and Qatar over the years. These events will cover a wide range of activities including dance performances, musical presentations, film festivals, painting and photography exhibitions, food festivals, fashion shows, calligraphy exhibitions, textiles exhibitions and yoga. As part of this process, the Embassy will be working closely with the Indian community organizations in Qatar.”


Ahmad Al Namla, Acting CEO at Qatar Museums said, “We are thrilled to confirm India as our partner nation for the Year of Culture 2019 and look forward to working with a range of leading institutions to deliver the incredible programs that we have planned. Culture is one of the most effective tools for bringing people closer together and we look forward to our Year of Culture 2019 to celebrate the similarities and differences between both our countries through widespread participation and engagement both in Qatar and in India.”

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to be the Official Airline Partner of the Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture, which will take place in both the State of Qatar and in India. We firmly believe that culture is a powerful, unifying tool that can bridge gaps and bring people from different communities and societies together. We look forward to celebrating this significant cultural collaboration that will bring people from both sovereign nations together, especially in the fields of art, music, sports and heritage.”


The logo of the Qatar-India 2019 year of culture is a careful curation of a unique blend of both the cultures where the colours are inspired by the Indian festivities where the Arabic and Hindi script is beautifully merged as one. The logo is the essence of the celebration in the first place: celebrating common grounds while proudly celebrating the differences as well.


About Qatar Museums

Qatar Museums connects the museums, cultural institutions and heritage sites in Qatar and creates the conditions for them to thrive and flourish. It centralizes resources and provides a comprehensive organization for the development of museums and cultural projects, with a long-term ambition of creating a strong and sustainable cultural infrastructure for Qatar. Under the patronage of His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and led by its Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, QM is consolidating Qatar’s efforts to become a vibrant centre for the arts, culture and education, in the Middle East and beyond.