Community Suhour Highlights Role of Qatar’s Resident Social Groups for 2022

Doha – Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) Assistant Secretary General Nasser Al Khater believes that when the first guest arrives in Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the person will see a vibrant, cosmopolitan nation represented by the multiple social groups residing in the country.

Al Khater was speaking on Tuesday at the Community Suhour for the 31 resident communities of Qatar who had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the SC. Representatives of four non-signatories were also present on the occasion.

“This is the first ever Middle Eastern World Cup, and all the diverse nationalities living in the region will be representatives of the tournament,” said Al Khater. “The guests arriving for the tournament will be welcomed by a mosaic of different nationalities residing in Qatar and representing the nation.” Al Khater stated that SC’s Community Engagement work is ever evolving thanks to its interactions with the multiple communities. “We want to learn and grow with you,” Al Khater told the social gathering. “The important thing for us is that people living in Qatar are not merely attending the World Cup but participating in it, shaping it in various ways and through different mediums such as arts and culture to reflect the truly representative cultural ethos of the nation.” SC Community Engagement Manager Khalid Al Jumaily praised the valuable inputs of the various community representatives since the signing of the MoU and looked ahead.

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“The community representatives have made crucial interventions since last November and their role in recruiting the youth panel and participation in Josoor Institute-organised leadership training workshop are notable,” said Al Jumaily. “Ahead of us, we have more training courses, a site tour of the Al Wakrah Stadium, an engineering best practice workshop and a FIFA information session to understand the tournament operation plans.” Resident community leaders from Belgium, Ghana, Jordan and Switzerland signed the MoU on the occasion, with representatives of 27 nationalities having signed in November 2015.

Ghana community representative Stephen Agyei told that the formalisation of the community’s relationship with SC is a step in the right direction for the 6000-strong Ghanaians in Qatar.

“The MoU signing will help to turbo-charge the initiatives our community has been involved in,” said Stephen Agyei, a commercial director who moved to Qatar three-and-a-half years ago. “Ghana is a football mad nation and the sport will play a major role in creating awareness for our community in Qatar. The role played by our workers constructing World Cup stadiums is also massive as has been recognized by the SC. We have contributed to the National Sports Day initiatives. With the SC providing institutional support now through various schemes such as Josoor Institute training and the Community Grant scheme, we will definitely do more in the years leading to 2022.” Community leaders from Indonesia and Morocco also expressed their happiness at SC’s engagement with diverse resident nationalities.

“The Indonesian community shares a lot of common points with Qatar and the SC’s support will help us to continue spreading awareness of the community in Qatar ahead of the World Cup through arts, culture, food and, of course, football,” said Dedi Budidiyanto, a head of systems engineering who moved to Doha more than eight years ago.

“The Moroccan community’s shared values with Qatar is huge enough motivation to participate actively in shaping the 2022 FIFA World Cup,” said Hassan Obaid, an interior designer born in Qatar. “The SC’s support mechanism will empower the community to create further awareness about the community as we prepare to make 2022 the most memorable World Cup in the history of the tournament.”