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09 August 2011

Qatar First Investment Bank hosts third annual iftar for Qatar Orphan Foundation

QFIB yesterday commenced its ‘Ramadan Blessings Campaign’ by hosting its third annual iftar for the children of the Dhreima Qatar Orphan Foundation at Katara.

Qatar First Investment Bank (QFIB), the leading independent Islamic investment bank, yesterday commenced its ‘Ramadan Blessings Campaign’ by hosting its third annual iftar for the children of the Dhreima Qatar Orphan Foundation at Katara. The iftar is the first of several community-based activities in which QFIB management and staff will take part in to promote solidarity and brotherhood during the Holy month of Ramadan.

After breaking their fast in a festive atmosphere, Dhreima’s children and QFIB employees had a unique opportunity to participate in an art workshop conducted by Sabah Arbili, the world- renowned British calligrapher, who volunteered his time to engage the children in colouring an art piece he had specially designed for the occasion.

Khalid Kamal, the general director of Dhreima Qatar Orphan Foundation said, “We thank QFIB for their support. This is the third year they host an iftar for our children. This is a clear testimony to the Bank’s commitment to upholding Shari’ah principles and Islamic teachings not just in their day-to-day business activities but also in their community initiatives. We also thank Sabah Arbilli for volunteering his time to help the children gain a better understanding into the different forms of art.”

“We are pleased to host the Dhreima children for the third consecutive year as part of our Ramadan Blessing Campaign. It is through long term relationship building that we, as an Islamic institution are able to engage our employees with the local community and contribute to its welfare. This year, we were delighted with the presence of Sabah Arbilli who has kindly contributed his unique talent in the art of calligraphy to teach the children some art techniques.” said Emad Mansour, Chief Executive Officer of QFIB.

Arbili was recently showcasing and auctioning his work at “AlJoud Exhibiton” which was organized by Qatar Islamic cultural center “Fanar” at Katara earlier this year in April . The exhibition was supported by QFIB and proceeds went towards funding Reach Out to Asia’s educational projects in Pakistan.

“It is a pleasure to be back in Qatar once again and to see such an appreciation for art, community life and tradition and social welfare. I am honoured by the opportunity to share my work with such exceptional children and grateful for QFIB’s unrelenting support of these initiatives,” said Arbili.

Dhreima Qatar Orphan aims to provide an integrated Islamic system of care and shelter for orphans in the State of Qatar. Dhreima believes ensuring the welfare of orphans is the responsibility of society which is why partnering with other local organisations is an important aspect of their work.