Katara, the Cultural Village and Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which will reaffirm Doha's stature as a growing intellectual and media hub in the region.
Both organizations will work in partnership to initiate and support cultural activities through the development, production and distribution of cultural publications.
The joint venture aims to encourage the citizens and residents of Qatar to engage in a participatory and creative role in developing the local cultural landscape.
Elaborating on the goals outlined in the agreement, President of Katara, Abdulrahman Al Khulaifi, said: "Through this partnership we wish to develop a common cultural awareness and therefore emotional intelligence that transcends disciplines and provides individuals the aptitude and skill-set to appreciate cultures from across the world. Our joint initiatives will go out to further our vision through all kinds of artistic and cultural activities, ultimately supporting the development of a creative and innovative Qatar."
The Director of BQFP, Hanouf Al Buainain, said: "We want to bring culture out to the broader consciousness, and at the same time develop a vibrant literary publishing scene and related skills within Qatar. Our relationship with Katara will also go out to foster a passion of reading and writing across all ages."
This agreement directly subscribes to the Cultural Pillar of the National Development Strategy 2011-2016 and the National Strategy for Family Affairs 2011-2016, which deem culture to be a crucial element of the socio-economic development of Qatar.