QAIC Welcomes ExxonMobil as its Newest Sponsor

The Qatar America Institute for Culture (QAIC) is thrilled to announce the signing of a sponsorship agreement with ExxonMobil Qatar Limited, an American multinational energy corporation with operations in Doha, Qatar, and one of the world’s largest independent exploration and production (E&P) companies.

"ExxonMobil is pleased to become a sponsor of Qatar America Institute for Culture to help support the essential work the institute does to promote a closer relationship between Qatar and the United States, and a deeper understanding of their rich cultural heritages," said Rochdi Younsi, ExxonMobil's Senior Director of Middle East and North Africa, International Government Relations.

Read more about the sponsorship below!


Introducing Cultural Crossings: Exchanges Beyond the Silk Road

QAIC’s newest flagship program, set to open on August 8th for tours, aims to celebrate the transmission of culture along the Silk Road routes and highlight the living cultural traditions that continue to be expressed worldwide today. 

Music is a universal aspect of culture that societies around the globe share. It has long played a vital role in social activities, religion, and people’s daily lives. Instruments and the musicians that played them spread beyond their regions of origin and became incorporated into the local traditions of the lands they traveled through. 

Begin your journey as you explore the gallery to glimpse into the Silk Road's long and interconnected musical heritage.


Cheers to our Community: 5 Years of QAIC

On July 23rd, Qatar America Institute for Culture hosted an open house celebrating the D.C. community and five years of the organization. The day was full of fun activities, including 'Shorts by Shorties' student film screenings, musical demonstrations, an olfactory learning experience, and arts and crafts for kids.

Thank you to the local vendors and all who came out to celebrate with us! Find out more about the event below. 


QAIC's Perfumery Museum Presents: A DIY Perfume Workshop

Join QAIC for our first Perfume Workshop in collaboration with DIY Scent Studio. Participants will be able to tour our olfactory art exhibit and learn how to create their very own fragrances. 

The ticket price will get you a 1-on-1 interactive session with a professional perfumer, two 10mL bottles of your perfumer creations, and QAIC information and materials on olfactory art and history. 

Tickets are limited; sign up below!


QAIC Welcomes Three New Hires

QAIC hired three new members in the past three months to expand our team and help us grow to new levels. We want to introduce you to our new Programs Officer, Nada Darwish; Communications Officer, Andrew Abell; and Director of Programs, Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah. 

Click the button below to learn more about them!


Last Chance to Submit to the 2022 FOCI Photography Competition

This year’s FOCI photography contest theme focuses on the importance of water in our daily lives as humanity faces ever greater water scarcity. To bring greater attention to this issue, submitted photographs should take creative liberties with this year’s theme to best capture water's beauty, power, and fragility.

The selected photos will be featured on QAIC’s social media & publicly displayed at QAIC for World Water Week beginning on August 23, 2022.

Click the button below to learn more. 


Submit Now to the 2022 IMPART Artist Grants

This year's program asks artists to focus on our theme of "Sustainability & the Arts." Specifically, we ask, how do sustainability and environmental stewardship influence the arts and the very manner in which we approach creative expression?

The three selected artists will each receive a $5,000 grant to support the production of their art and will be included in an exhibition hosted at QAIC’s headquarters in Washington, DC, in 2023. The three grant recipients will also receive an invitation to participate in QAIC’s annual IMPART Summit to speak on their work and creative process. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until November 4, 2022. Click the button below to find out more details.


QAIC's Member and Sponsor Win Sustainability Award

QAIC’s member and Sponsor, Lulu Group, received the Tarsheed Award for ‘Sustainability and Energy Efficiency in the Commercial Sector.’ The award recognizes exceptional institutions and companies in Qatar who achieve the targeted water and electricity consumption to preserve the environment. With Qatar’s commitment to protecting the environment, Lulu Group aims to decrease carbon emissions to 50 percent by 2030 and achieve net-zero carbon footprints by 2045. 

Read more about their achievement below. 


Why the Time Magazine Votes Doha, Qatar, as one of the World's Greatest Places of 2022?

Doha, Qatar, voted in the top 50 world's greatest places in 2022. Specifically, Doha's art and culture scene has propelled the country to one of the most interesting places to learn about. 

Read more below.


2022 Fashion Trust Arabia Announces 25 Prize Finalists

Fashion Trust Arabia is set to announce the 25 finalists across five categories: ready-to-wear, jewelry, accessories, evening-wear, and the Franca Sozzani Debut Talent award. The Advisory Board, which includes ELLE editor-in-chief Nina Garcia, will sift through over 1,000 applicants to find the best and brightest talent in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Since 2018 FTA has illuminated and financially supported some of the top fashion talents in the MENA region, and this October, the 25 finalists will take center stage in Doha, Qatar. 

Find more about the event below!

Tastes of Qatar 

by Chef Noof Al-Marri

In honor of our theme for the month of "Culinary Arts," we highlight Tastes of Qatar by Chef Noof Al-Marri.

Noof Al-Marri, a renowned Qatari chef at the Desert Rose Café at the National Museum of Qatar in Doha, shares her personal narrative and culinary journey in her book, "Taste of Qatar."

Working with local chefs, bakers, and curators, Chef Noof saw how countries' culinary cultures are becoming closer, more visible, and even tastier. The book tells a powerful and strong sense of cultural exchange, and a future filled with discoveries of delicious food.

The book is available for purchase here.


Become a Sponsor

As a sponsor, QAIC can continue to develop meaningful expressions and experiences, functioning as a bridge spanning the cultures of the United States, Qatar, and the larger Arab and Islamic worlds. It is through the continued support from sponsors that QAIC is able to create inclusive experiences that highlight humanity’s similarities while delighting in the diversity of our differences, thus improving cross-cultural understanding.

It is with your contribution that together we can create impact by giving QAIC the resources to become a trusted partner and art and culture catalyst by increasing awareness, creating harmony, and fostering human creativity in society in multiple ways.


Join Our Community

The Qatar America Institute for Culture offers numerous opportunities for students, post-graduates, and those passionate about the arts and cultural heritage to engage with the work of the Institute. Whether you are looking to conduct in-depth research projects, learn various professional skill sets, or simply wish to get involved with QAIC’s event programming, we want to hear from you!

These offerings include priority access to exclusive engagements with featured guests, intimate receptions with visiting artists, and other annual benefits to better serve you as a platform for cultural and creative enrichment.



The Qatar America Institute for Culture (QAIC) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that creates, curates, and executes programs and research that amplify the prominence of all forms of art and culture from the United States, Qatar, and the larger Arab and Islamic worlds.


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