Turkish Team Wins the Fourth International Schools Arabic Debating Championship


DOHA, Qatar–()–Under the patronage and in the presence of Her Excellency Sheikha Hind
bint Hamad, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation for Education,
Science and Community Development, the Fourth International Schools
Arabic Debating Championship was concluded on Wednesday evening 11April
2018. The event was held at the Qatar National Convention Centre from
7-11 April with the participation of 50 Arab and non-Arab countries.

The closing ceremony was attended by HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad; Mrs.
Machaille Al-Naimi, President of Community Development; Dr. Hayat
Maarafi, Executive Director of QatarDebate Center; along with a number
of Excellencies, Arab and foreign ambassadors in Qatar, representatives
of official sponsors, participants and guests from all segments of the

The Turkish team came first in the finals of the Fourth International
Schools Arabic Debating Championship. The winning team received a phone
call from HE Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey,
who congratulated the Turkish team for winning the tournament, and
praised the level of skills shown by the Turkish students during the

Notably, the team of Lebanon came second, and the Team of Oman came
third in the tournament.

In her comment, Dr. Hayat Maarafi commended “the QatarDebate Center for
being an educational and training edifice disseminating the concepts of
debating and dialogue in the Arab region and the world. The Center
emerged from the beacon of culture and the home of intellectual
creativity and civilized interaction, namely the State of Qatar.”

She added in her remarks during the ceremony, “We today crown our
beloved Qatar as a champion in disseminating free thinking and in
hosting these large numbers of contestants, as Qatar has won in
enlightening minds and heart and attracting the elite intellectuals like
you.” She noted that those elite are the wealth that will always remain,
grow and flourish.

Concluding her remarks, she thanked all the entities that supported and
participated in the success of the event, and on top of those the
leadership of Qatar Foundation represented by Her Highness Sheikha Moza;
HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad for hosting the event and attending the
ceremony; and Mrs. Machaille Al-Naimi, President of Community
Development for her confidence in QatarDebate Center.

She also thanked the sponsors of the championship including: Qatar
Primary Materials Company; the international media partner, Al Jazeera
Media Network; and the official airline partner Qatar Airways.

Meanwhile, Mohammed al Lakhn al Marri, noted in his remarks, “the
championship was one that enriched intellect, brought viewpoints
together, and presented content in a brief manner. We meet every year to
reaffirm our commitment and dedication to disseminating the art of
debate in a time of differences, with the aim to make it more acceptable
and attractive.”

*Source: AETOSWire

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