Ahmed Salim, Producer and Director of 1001 Inventions, Mansoor Al Khater, QMA CEO and Wael Sawan, Executive VP of Qatar Shell, during the press conference at MIA.Abdul Basit
BY RAYNALD C RIVERA
After reaching over 50 million audiences around the world, globally acclaimed ‘1001 Inventions’ will open at the Museum of Islamic Art next month, reminding residents and visitors of the achievements of the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.
Organised as a result of collaboration among Qatar Shell, Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) and 1001 Inventions, the exhibition traces the ground-breaking achievements of the Muslim civilisation from the seventh to the 17th centuries presented in an interactive, fun and family-friendly environment.
Open to the public from October 17 to November 12, the 1001 Inventions exhibition was named the best touring exhibition of the year at the Museums and Heritage Excellence Awards in 2011.
It uses technology and interactive exhibits to relate stories of a thousand years of science using highly engaging interpretation drawing millions of visitors at blockbuster residencies in London, New York, Los Angeles, Istanbul and Washington, DC.
Speaking on the reason for bringing the exhibition to the youth of Qatar, Ahmed Salim, Producer and Director of 1001 Inventions, said the expo is aimed at inspiring the youth to build a better future through the legacy left by their forefathers, adding the expo presents inventors who are role models for young people.
“It is our hope that this exhibition will inspire young people of Qatar to pursue careers in science and engineering,” said Wael Sawan, Qatar Shell’s Executive Vice President, adding Shell’s role in the expo goes beyond sponsorship but an integral part of their social responsibility programme.
Qatar will also welcome the Arabick Roots exhibition, which was opened by H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, at its premiere last year at the Royal Society in London.
The Doha version of the exhibition, specially curated for the Doha audience through collaboration between 1001 Inventions and MIA, will be open to the public at MIA from October 17 to January 19. The exhibition will reveal rich and surprising connections between the scientific pioneers of Muslim Civilisation and Europe’s greatest scholars and scientists, showing that then – just like today – collaboration across linguistic and cultural boundaries can lead to great results.
Mansoor Al Khater, CEO of QMA, said: “These two exhibitions will encourage Qatar’s younger generation to innovate and contribute towards a better future. Building from a long history of innovations in Muslim Civilisation, Qatar is perfectly placed to be a leader in modern science and technological innovations.”
“With the renaissance sweeping Qatar at this time, it is the ideal time for us to highlight the achievements of our forefathers, and remind ourselves and the world what we are capable of. The discoveries featured in these two exhibitions, and the inventive way they have been put together, are an inspiration to us and our youth, and we are proud to be its gateway to local and international audiences here in Qatar,” Al Khater added.
A range of events will also run in parallel with the exhibitions. They include inspirational educational films about the history of Muslim Civilisation, poetry readings, live shows and academic seminars. Schoolteachers and parents from across Qatar will be invited to introduce the nation’s young people to the inspirational role models featured within the two exhibitions.