Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, The Amir of the State of Qatar ICYF organized official inauguration ceremony of “Doha – OIC Youth Capital 2019” together with the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the State of Qatar and Qatar Culture Heritage Events Center in Doha, the State of Qatar.
On 28 April 2019, Official Inauguration Ceremony of the “Doha – OIC Youth Capital 2019” was kicked off with the participation H.H. Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the State of Qatar, H.E. Salah bin Ghanim Al Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports of the State of Qatar, H.E. Mr. Taha Ayhan, President of ICYF, H.E. Gen. Jibril Rajoub, Chairman of Higher Council for Youth and Sport of the State of Palestine, H.E. Saad bin Mohammed Al Mardhoof Al-Saadi, Minister of Sports Affairs of Oman, heads of diplomatic missions of the OIC Member States and their youth representatives.
The opening ceremony carried out with the introduction of Doha OIC Youth Capital 2019, its main activities that are Doha Muslim Youth Forum, Doha Oasis for Innovation, Volunteering and Humanitarian Relief Work Camp, Doha Awards for Youth Creativity and Grand Closing Ceremony in order to provide effective platforms for young people where they can discus common challenges, recognize their common values and strengthen solidarity, unity under the hospitality of the State of Qatar.
Doha OIC Youth Capital 2019 is designed for the betterment of youth development and underlines the importance of youth with its special motto `Youth is the power of Ummah` for youth, with youth and by youth.
During the ceremony the opening speech delivered by H.E. Mr. Taha Ayhan, ICYF President, in his capacity as the implementing Agency of the Program, as well as the keynote speech addressed by H.E. Gen. Jibril Rajoub, in representation of the previous OIC Youth Capital, which was Al-Quds Al-Sharif.
Mr. Ayhan started his speech by thanking to H.H. Sheikh Tamin Bin Hamad Al-Thani, The Amir of the State of Qatar, for granting his high patronage, which is a clear sign of his personal commitment to development of young generation. He continued by emphasizing that “in spite of the challenges that Islamic geography faces in our day and age, youth must retain a critical intellect, yet a deep optimism of the spirit”. In such context, “ICYF is working in such an approach to developing an integrated youth program that addresses increasing economic opportunities for youth. This includes promoting employment, access to basic services, reducing disparities and enhancing their role in the decision-making process..”
“This beautiful, iconic city will be home to the various of events, and its slogan reflects the deep thinking and strategic vision of the Ministry of culture and sports in bringing the Muslim youth together in service of the Ummah”
Mr. Ayhan added.
At the end of ceremony, H.H. Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the State of Qatar, H.E. Salah bin Ghanim Al Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports of the State of Qatar, H.E. Mr. Taha Ayhan, President of ICYF handed over `KEY of DOHA OIC Youth Capital 2019 ` to young people for opening array of youth activities in the city of Doha, State of Qatar.