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Gaza welcomes landmark visit from Qatar’s Emir, Sheikha Moza and PM

UPDATE | 7:34pm
According to the Reuters, the Islamic University awarded the Emir and Sheikha Moza an honorary doctorate in appreciation of their support for the Palestinians. The university’s president also presented a key to symbolize the refugees’ right to return to their original homes inside Israel, a bottle of olive oil and a box containing “soil of Palestine.”
During his speech at the university, the Emir thanked Egypt for making his visit possible and criticized Israel for continuing its settlement-building program, Reuters reports. UPDATE | 7:23pm
During a speech at Gaza’s Islamic University today, Sheikh Hamad urged Hamas and rival faction Fatah to reconcile. AP reports:

“Why are you staying divided?” he said. Continue Reading →

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Report: Emir, Sheikha Moza to visit Gaza in first trip by Arab head of state in five years

Qatar’s Emir and first lady Sheikha Moza are expected to visit Gaza this week, according to a news report by Gaza-based TV station Al Kitab. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s trip would be the first official state visit by an Arab leader since Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007. 
The government there has yet to be recognized as legitimate by much of the international community, which widely views President Mahmoud Abbas, who governs out of the West Bank, as the leader of the Palestinians. Thus far, Qatar media has been silent on the visit, and no official confirmation has come from the government that the trip will take place. But Al Kitab asserts that a Qatari delegation is already on the ground preparing for the Emir’s arrival. Analysts told the National that the Emir’s visit is a reward to Hamas leaders for breaking ties with Syria’s embattled president, Bashar Al Assad. Continue Reading →

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Sheikha Moza seeks to put global education problems in focus

Qatar’s first lady is leading a new UN initiative to draw global attention to education-deprived children in conflict zones, AP reports. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, a special envoy for UNESCO, said some 61 million children around the world are not in school, many of them from Arab countries including Yemen, Syria and Palestine. She told the Associated Press about the project:

There has been “a sort of indifference” to attacks on students, teachers and schools by government forces and armed groups, Mozah said. It’s time, she added, “to break the silence.”
As a start, Mozah is launching the first handbook summarizing international laws that protect education during armed conflict…
The handbook, “Protection of Education in Insecurity and Armed Conflict”, covers international human rights, humanitarian and criminal law. She said it’s a tool for lawyers, prosecutors, judges, victims and laymen “to ensure that those who violated the laws related to protection of education can be brought to justice.”

The first lady’s remarks come ahead of next week’s UN General Assemby meeting in New York, which will make “education under attack” a special focus. Continue Reading →

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Number of organ donors in Qatar surges thanks to Sheikha Moza’s endorsement

The number of people signing up to be organ donors in Qatar has jumped nearly 67 percent, thanks largely to Sheikha Moza’s endorsement of the practice, officials have said. Some 2,000 residents hailing from 44 nationalities added themselves to Qatar’s organ donor registry during last month’s donor drive, many after the first lady herself signed up in early August, Hamad Medical Corp. said in a press release. The majority of donors hailed from India, the Philippines and Qatar, it said. That brings the total number of donors in Qatar up to 5,000 people, a spokesperson told Doha News. Continue Reading →

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Sheikha Moza signs up to be an organ donor

Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the wife of the emir, visited HMC’s Qatar Organ Donation Center yesterday to register as an organ donor, according to Qatar News Agency. 
The visit, which comes amid a month-long campaign organized by Hamad Medical Corporation, was aimed at raising further awareness of the importance of organ donation. The Qatar Foundation chairwoman said her gesture, and that of other donors, was a step toward self-reliance:

“Our aim in Qatar is to become self-sufficient as a country and every single one of us must reflect seriously, as our religious duty demands, on how we can play a part in this effort.” HMC says the ultimate aim with its registration drive is to be able to bring down long wait times for those in need of tissue and organ transplants by having a larger pool to choose from and a higher match rate. Kiosks at City Centre, Landmark, Hyatt Plaza and Lagoona malls are continuing to offer registration on-site during the month of Ramadan. They are also collecting blood donations. Continue Reading →

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Qatar’s Sheikha Mozah makes Vanity Fair’s best-dressed list again

Vanity Fair has named Qatar’s First Lady Sheikha Mozah as one of the world’s most fashionable people for a second year in a row. The wife of the Emir, who has an adoring fan club on Tumblr, has had a busy year. She made headlines when opening a new Islamic law and ethics center directed by Tariq Ramadan and is the subject of a controversial book-to-film adaptation in Egypt. Sheikha Mozah, who also made AP’s list of “Most Notable First Wives” in the Middle East last month, is described by Vanity Fair as:

Wife of H.H. the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani; chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development; UNESCO special envoy for basic and higher education. Others who made VF’s International Best-Dressed List include Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, American football player Tom Brady and rapper Jay-Z. 
Credit: Photo courtesy of Qatar Olympic Committee’s Facebook page Continue Reading →

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AP: Qatar’s Sheikha Mozah among MENA’s ‘most notable first wives’

AP: Qatar’s Sheikha Mozah among MENA’s ‘most notable first wives’
First lady Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser has made AP’s “Most Notable First Wives” in the Middle East list. 
She joins Syria’s Asma Assad, Jordan’s Queen Rania and Egypts new Naglaa Ali Mahmoud, also known as Umm Ahmed. AP reports:

Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser is the most prominent of the three wives of the Emir of Qatar. The university educated Sheikha Moza has been ranked by Forbes magazine among the world’s 100 most powerful women. She is believed to have influenced policies through the Qatar Foundation, which she heads. The 52-year-old is mother of seven children. Continue Reading →

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New Egyptian film project about Sheikha Mozah criticized as a ‘controversial time bomb’

A new book-to-film adaptation about the life of Qatar’s first lady is sparking controversy in Egypt, where Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser once studied, media reports have said. Concerned that the film, dubbed a “social drama,” will disturb relations between Egypt and Qatar, several members of the Egyptian Parliament have already submitted a request at the National Assembly calling for the project to be canceled. But producers of the film, which will be adapted from Mohammad al-Baz’s biography ”Sheikha Mozah: Queen in Search of a Throne (2012),” say the censorship move is premature, as they have yet to finalize a script. Al Akhbar reports:

(Al-Baz said the film) will open with her last visit to Cairo, but will flash back to the Qatari emir overthrowing his father and Sheikha Mozah’s role in supporting Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifah’s regime. The film will depict her strong international ties and the Qatari role in the Arab Spring. Continue Reading →

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Photos of Sheikha Mozah dressed fashionably have taken over our Tumblr dashboard thanks to the new blog Publications from New York to London are always keen to see what designer the stylish first lady of Qatar is wearing – guess it only makes sense that there be a dedicated site to it. Continue Reading →

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Katie Couric with Sheikha Mozah. The famous American journalist was presumably in town to interview Qatar’s first lady for her new upcoming talk show, Katie. katiecouric:

Here I am with Her Highness Sheikha Mozah, the first lady of Qatar
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