Over 5,000 attend SDC diplomatic bazaar
TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK
DOHA OVER 5,000 people attended the 8th Diplomatic Bazaar, a multicultural charity exhibition organised by the Social Development Center (SDC), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, at Katara, the Cultural Village, recently.
The two-day event brought attractions from all over the world to Qatar with 25 embassies in the country showcasing cultural and traditional artifacts.
Funds raised from this year’s exhibition will be allocated to the centre’s vocational training and development department, which provides training for individuals to improve their knowledge and skills in their chosen careers.
Executive Director of SDC Amal al Mannai said, “Given that the Diplomatic Bazaar is one of our major fundraising events, we are thrilled at how successful this year’s edition has been. We have received positive feedback from the embassies and the public.
We thank all the diplomats’ wives and exhibitors for their enormous contribution, as well as Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Katara for sponsoring this great event.” During the bazaar, wives of 25 ambassadors in Qatar hosted stalls, featuring unique traditional gift items and souvenirs from their respective countries for sale.
Unique performances, such as traditional Greek dances, were also part of the event.
Countries present at this year’s event included the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Greece, Peru, Turkey, The Netherlands, Algeria, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, Venezuela, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Kenya, Iran and Oman.
Figen Yunt, wife of the ambassador of Turkey in Qatar and an exhibitor at Turkey’s stall, said, “After three months of preparation, the result of this bazaar is absolutely wonderful. We have managed to bring the best of Turkey to Qatar. In addition to raising funds and enriching our cultural knowledge, the Diplomatic Bazaar serves as a reunion for the individual communities as well. It helps us as embassy representatives to reach out to our community members in Qatar.” Diplomats also saw the bazaar as an avenue to promote their cultures and encourage unity among different groups of people residing in Qatar.
Hanani Ghannam, wife of the ambassador of Palestine to Qatar, said, “The bazaar is an excellent initiative to bring different communities in Qatar together and support a common cause. It helps us to see countries through the eyes of culture and tradition.
Sabariah Jazri, wife of the ambassador of Malaysia to Qatar, said, “I am glad to be part of this event because it has given me the opportunity to promote my country among all different communities present in Qatar on a single platform.” Besides the SDC staff, a total of 30 volunteers from the centre’s volunteer bank participated in the event.
They were involved in different phases of the bazaar from initial organisation to guiding guests during the event.
Over the years, the Diplomatic Bazaar has become part of Qatar’s community fabric, fostering cultural exchanges between diverse groups of residents in Qatar. The SDC hopes to maintain this momentum by organising similar initiatives in the future.