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27 March 2012

QFIB sponsors International School Arabic Debate Competition

QFIB has announced the sponsorship of the ‘International Schools Arabic Debating Championship’ (ISADC2012), the first to be held in Arabic language

Qatar First Investment Bank (QFIB) Qatar’s first independent Islamic investment bank regulated by the QFC Regulatory Authority, has announced the sponsorship of the ‘International Schools Arabic Debating Championship’ (ISADC2012), the first to be held in Arabic language.  The competition will take place during the period of 1st – 4th April at Education City with the participation of 21 teams from the Arab world.

The sponsorship demonstrates QFIB’s commitment and emphasis on educating and developing the youth in Qatar. At its core, QFIB’s corporate social responsibility strategy focuses on supporting local initiatives that provide the youth with the right skills and tools to support the nation’s vision in its efforts to become a knowledge-based society.

Emad Mansour, CEO of QFIB commented, “We are delighted to be part of such an enriching national initiative which comes at a time when dialogue is an essential factor in driving change in  the Arab world.  This debate-series contributes to fostering positive dialogue and teaching the youth to respect each other’s opinion and views without a fight. The fact that the debates will be held in Arabic adds to the importance of the competition, as it provides the student with the added skill of debating in a vocabulary rich language.  We thank Qatar Debates for such an initiative which I am confident will be a valuable learning experience for all participants.”

Dr. Hayat Al Maarafi, the Executive Director of QatarDebate Center, a member of Qatar Foundation, commented: “we thank Qatar First Investment Bank for believing in the mission of QatarDebate.  Their valuable support has contributed in successfully organizing an International Arabic Debate Championship to be held for the first time in Qatar and the entire world.  We look forward to working together on organizing similar initiatives”.

Organized by Qatar Debates, a member of Qatar Foundation, the debate competition series provides students from across the Arab world, the unique opportunity to engage in a positive dialogue, express and exchange opinions as well as bond and share their experiences.