The Qatar National Library (QNL) held several cultural events to commemorate the 51st anniversary of the release of the first volume of poetry by Yemen’s renowned poet and author, Dr. Abdulaziz Al Maqaleh. In addition to a lecture by Tunisian author Nizar Shaqroon, the celebration included a video biography of Dr. Al Maqaleh and cultural performances by Yemeni composer Faisal Sharaf Al Deen and journalist Ahmad Al Shalafi, who both read poetry.
Commenting on the event, Dr. Al Kawari said, “Today’s recognition of an Arab intellectual of Dr. Al Maqaleh’s stature is a celebration of Arab identity and literature. The Arab nation’s poets, thinkers and intellectuals are the symbols and makers of our literary glory.” He further added, “Celebrating their work is an integral part of the library’s mission and vision and strongly aligns with the conviction I built throughout my diplomatic career in Arab and Western circles that culture is the bond that brings people together, especially in the case of Qatar and Yemen, which share a great deal in terms of language, religion, values and history, and even blood ties.”
In his speech during the ceremony, Badi said: “We grew up reading the poetry of Dr. Al Maqaleh who enriched our souls, minds, and conscience with his thought, creativity, contributions and great presence, and with all that is noble and beautiful.”