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Ministry of Culture and Sports (Qatar)

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Ministry of Culture and Sports
وزارة الثقافة والرياضة
Agency overview
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Ministry headquarters in 2011
Ministry headquarters in 2011

The Ministry of Culture and Sports (Arabic: وزارة الثقافة والرياضة‎) is the ministry responsible for administering Qatar's cultural policies and programs. Its responsibilities include organizing cultural events, promoting cultural cooperation, publishing local literature and raising awareness of Qatar's culture.[1] As of 2016, the ministry also presides over sport and youth club affairs. The current minister is H.E.Salah bin Ghanim Al Ali.[2]


Qatar's culture ministry has undergone several phases through its history until its official establishment in 2008. Prior to that year, the country's cultural policies were administered in tandem with other government ministries. In 1975, the first government department for culture was formed as part of the Ministry of Information. The ministry eventually integrated as the Ministry of Information and Culture in 1989. During Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari tenure as Minister of Information and Culture from 1992 to 1996, he took steps to reduce media censorship.[1]

Qatar's government decided to delegate its cultural administration to the Ministry of Education in 1996, resulting in its reformation as the Ministry of Education and Culture.[1]

The first stand-alone government agency for culture was established in 1998 as the National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage.[3] Ten years later, the government replaced the National Council with the newly created Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage.[1] In 2016, the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage was merged with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (est. 2013) to form the Ministry of Culture and Sports.[4]


The Ministry of Culture is heavily involved in the coordination the Year of Culture initiatives which are organized primarily by the Qatar Museums Authority.[5] The initiative entails cultural exchanges and the hosting of cultural exhibitions and events which showcase the culture of a select country for a duration of one year. Its inaugural edition was held in 2012 and featured Japan as Qatar's cultural exchange partner.[6] In March 2013, during the Qatar–UK Year of Culture, the ministry held an Arts and Disability Festival in Katara. It was the first major Arts and Disability Festival to take place in the Middle East.[7]


Mohammed Hassan Al Kuwari, lead researcher at the Ministry's Department of Research and Studies, oversaw the publication of four books in 2014: Cultural Publications of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage from 1976 to 2013, The Directory of Qatari Authors, The Directory of Cultural Institutions, and The Directory of Photographers in Qatar.[8]


The ministry has several sections and departments for both cultural activities and publications or broadcasts. The Department of Press and Publications is involved in granting licenses, registering writers, and overseeing the censorship of publications. The Department of Communications oversees the conference of licenses while also presiding over the ministry's broadcasting stations. There is a Research Department which is in charge of the translation and research of publications. The Public Libraries Department has four separate sections and is mainly involved in making the ministry's latest publications accessible to the public.[9]

Cultural activities are managed by the Department of Cultural Activities. The Department of Theatrical Activities handles the recording of the country's drama and theatre groups and is directly responsible for creating new theatre groups. Music and music groups are administered by the Department of Popular Arts and Music. There is also a Department of Visual Arts.[9]

Other departments of the ministry include a Human Resources Department, a Finances and Administration Department and a Youth Centre Management Department.[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage: Historic Glance". Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage. Archived from the original on 11 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Cultural gem". The Business Year. 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  3. ^ Ahmed Aly Khedr (July 2009). "A Guide to Qatar's Legal System". GlobaLex. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Interview: H.E. Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali - Minister of Culture and Sports - State of Qatar" (PDF). Oxford Gulf & Arabian Peninsula Forum. 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Minister of Culture Confirms Depth of Cultural Relations Between Qatar and Turkey". Qatar News Agency. 29 October 2015. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Year of Culture - Building bridges between nations". Qatar Museums. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Arts and Disability Festival". British Council (Qatar). Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  8. ^ Saeed Dahri (13 November 2014). "الإعلام والتراث بإصدارات لوزارة الثقافة القطرية" (in Arabic). Doha: Al Jazeera. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  9. ^ a b c "New department at Ministry of Culture for licensing publications". The Peninsula. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
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