Tonight’s Festivities: Meet the Sheikha

It’s another sunny morning in Qatar and we have another full day ahead of us!

While faithful blog readers in the United States are starting their week on this fine Monday, the Qatari work week actually begins on Sunday and runs through Thursday. Friday and Saturday round out the weekend, with Friday being the Islamic holy day. In other words, none of the Northwestern folks can claim to be suffering from “a case of the Mondays” today, because our week actually started yesterday.

Today’s agenda begins with a trip to the Fanar Islamic Centre for a presentation on Islam and Arabic culture. This will be followed by a tour of the Museum of Islamic Art, housed in an extremely opulent and architecturally interesting building that I’m sure we’ll post photos of later tonight.

But the most exciting event is scheduled for tonight: Our first trip to Education City and the formal Inaugural Ceremony with Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned. The program features a reception, a formal inaugural presentation, dinner and a performance by Northwestern Music and Theatre students.

It should be quite an event, so check back for a recap dispatch and more photos!

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A contingent of Northwestern University faculty, staff and students traveled from Evanston, Ill. to Doha, Qatar for the official opening ceremony of Northwestern’s Qatar campus. This site contains the sights, sounds and stories of the opening ceremony events and offers a glimpse into the life of the Northwestern community in Qatar.

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