Q Life Magazine Issue 7 - Page 14

Issue 7 Qataris Abroad The United Nations brings all countries together, big and small. It is the only platform where we can really look eye to eye and find solutions together. Her Excellency Sheikha Alya bint Ahmed Al Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations The curtain drops and the crowd goes silent. Qatari pianist Hala Al Emadi takes to the stage and immerses the audience into what becomes an exquisite musical and cinematic experience. At the UN Headquarters’ magnificent General Assembly in New York, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the 74th UN Day Concert honorary guests are gathered to celebrate the UN’s 74th birthday – widely known as United Nations Day. The UN Day is an acknowledgement of the global efforts and Qatar celebrates the United Nations’ birthday in New York achievements of the organisation since its founding in 1945. Hosted by Qatar for the first time in history, this year’s UN Day Concert focused on the role of culture, sports, quality education and gender equality by showcasing women in leadership roles across the Middle East’s arts fields. Composer Dana Al Fardan, pianist Hala Al Emadi, vocalist Aisha and conductor Eimear Noone led the concert together with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, symbolising the need for greater women’s empowerment and gender equality. For HE Sheikha Alya, the show was indeed a proud moment. “The idea that the whole event was prepared and planned by young women in Qatar….it says a lot about how we’ve progressed.” 14 15