Germany is delighted to present the exhibition “Arab and German Tales – Transcending Cultures” as another component of the German Season in Qatar. It follows on from more than 30 projects which we have already organised with Qatar Museums during this season of culture.
The exhibition opened at the Qatar National Library (QNL) on 17 April in the presence of H E Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice-Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation (QF). Minister of State H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kawari, Dr Hessa Al Jaber, Member of Advisory Council, Hans Udo Muzel, German Ambassador to Qatar, and Dr Sohair Wastawy, Executive Director of QNL, several other dignitaries and diplomats were also present during the opening of the Arab and German Tales exhibition.
The establishment of the Qatar National Library is one of the most exciting new developments in the country’s cultural and education sector, and it is a sign of our affinity with the State of Qatar that Germany has been given the opportunity to put on this important exhibition to coincide with the Grand Opening. By supporting science and research in this way, the German Government is also contributing greatly to enhancing the close relations between Germany and the Arab world.
The new National Library is full of outstanding resources for work in the field of science and research, and will thus form a springboard for cooperation and exchange between Germany and Qatar. As in the year of culture in 2017, we seek to strengthen links between people, between our societies, and thereby between our two countries. This is precisely the aim of this exhibition on fairy tales.
From an early age, we grow up with fairy tales and stories. These have a formative influence on our cultural awareness and sense of identity. We want to highlight cultural similarities, for example by looking at Arab and German narrative traditions, with a view to fostering understanding between our societies. This is a vital preparatory step which permits the spread of exchange, dialogue and connections across borders.
The Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection in Berlin and the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) have put together a fascinating Exhibition.