His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani officially inaugurated the Qatar National Library (QNL) on Monday, which was attended by His Highness the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, and Qatar Foundation’s (QF) Education City, chairperson Her Highness the mother Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, at a grand ceremony.
His Highness the Emir commemorated the event by signing the official inauguration certificate, which will be mounted on a plaque, and by placing on the shelves QNL’s one-millionth book, a rare 843-year-old manuscript copy of Sahih al-Bukhari.
The ceremony was attended by a number of dignitaries, sheikhs, ministers, heads of diplomatic missions in Qatar and guests.
Speaking on the occasion, Her Highness Sheikha Moza said: “The inauguration of Qatar National Library invokes a great sense of historical pride and belonging to the Arab world, which pioneered writing, transcription, and libraries in Mesopotamia.
The idea of the National Library was inspired by this glorious history, in hopes of restoring an Arab renaissance that we do not want to lose. The library was established to be a treasury of written history and a medium for the transfer of knowledge between different cultures.”