Qatar has received the key to hosting Doha as Capital of the Islamic Youth for 2019, in recognition of the country’s efforts in supporting and empowering Muslim youth.
This came during the closing ceremony of the symbolic Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) Youth Capital 2018, held in Ankara, Turkey, yesterday.
Qatar’s ambassador to Turkey Salim bin Mubarak al-Shafi and Adviser to HE the Minister of Culture and Sports Abdulrahman Mohamed al-Hajri attended the ceremony along with Turkey’s Minister of Youth and Sports Mehmet Kasapoglu, his Palestinian counterpart Issam Qaddoumi and President of the Islamic Co-operation Youth Forum (ICYF) Taha Ayhan.
“We look forward to a year of youth events and activities that are of interest to youth in all sectors, as they are the main engine of the future of development and its pillars,” al-Shafi said, extending Qatar’s welcome to everyone to the ‘Doha, the Capital of the Islamic Youth for 2019’ initiative.
He also thanked Palestine, which celebrated the conclusion of the activities of ‘Jerusalem, the Capital of the Islamic Youth for 2018.’ He also extended thanks to Turkey for hosting the closing ceremony of the symbolic OIC ‘Jerusalem the Capital of the Islamic Youth for 2018’ initiative as well to the OIC and ICYF for all the efforts made over the past years in supporting joint Islamic youth work.
On his part, al-Hajri stressed the Ministry of Culture and Sports’ keenness to present a range of activities and events during the year, which will be held by Qatari youth.
He said ‘Doha, the Capital of the Islamic Youth for 2019” will be an opportunity to promote rapprochement among young people in Islamic countries and to build dialogue to exchange expertise and experiences in order to empower young people in the Islamic world.
Doha has been selected as the Capital of the Islamic Youth for 2019 in recognition of Qatar’s efforts in supporting and empowering the Islamic youth. The selection took place in October last year in Istanbul after the activities of Al Quds as the capital of Islamic youth for 2018 came to an end.