Sheikha Moza officially opens first media museum in the Arab world

Sheikha Moza officially opens first media museum in the Arab world

By QLNews

Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, officially inaugurated the first-of-its-kind media museum in the Arab region, Media Majlis, which is housed within Northwestern University in Qatar, on Monday.

Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation, HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani and some other dignitaries, as well as the Northwestern administration also joined the opening ceremony of the unique and interactive museum.

Speaking on the occasion, Sheikha Hind called the Media Majilis a “groundbreaking museum around communication and culture.”

“The Media Majlis demonstrates how narratives exist to be explored and challenged rather than simply accepted; and how connecting with different voices, standpoints, and ideas extends the boundaries of our understanding, nourishes critical and original thought, and enriches lives,” she underlined.

Sheikha Moza and Sheikha Hind also toured the Museum’s first exhibition, entitled 'Arab Identities, images in film,' that explores how over a century’s worth of film history has been shaped by notions of Arab identities.

The Media Majlis is the first university museum in Qatar. An active and empowering space where people can engage with the exhibition’s content and programs, the museum is centered on communication, journalism, and media in the Arab world.

It also plays a significant role in the global conversation on the continually changing landscape of media.

NU-Q dean, Everette E Dennis said, “The Media Majlis aims to foster public understanding of journalism and communication and their role in shaping public opinion and shaping the image of the Middle East to the rest of the world.”

“It underscores the importance of media in society from the earlier and most basic forms of communication to the most modern and draws on images and materials from local sources and global collections,” he mentioned.

While taking Arab World under its focus, the museum will host two exhibitions each year built around major themes and ideas relevant to the region.

The futuristic museum features extensive digital-capacity creating exhibitions that offer an interactive and engaging experience to visitors through commentary.

Morton Schapiro, president of Northwestern University said, “Who best to tell the story of media and journalism and communications in an Arab context than a museum located here in Northwestern University in Qatar. The Media Majlis demonstrates Northwestern’s commitment to education and research and its long-standing foothold in the Middle East.”

The ongoing first exhibition, Arab Identities, Images in Film, will run until June 1 and then reopen in August and continue until December.

It features sections from more than 60 films and hundreds of images, including some dating back to the 1880s, and posters from the early 1990s. 

The Media Majlis will welcome all visitors from 10am to 5pm every Saturday and from 12:30pm to 5pm Sunday to Thursday. It will remain closed on Fridays.

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