Qatari Newspapers Editorials

Doha: Qatari newspapers covered in their editorials on Sunday a variety of local and Arab topics.

In the domestic front, the papers emphasized Qatar’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding its intangible cultural heritage, recognizing it as a cornerstone of cultural diversity and a catalyst for sustainable development.

The newspapers highlighted the country’s numerous initiatives fostering collaboration and harmony among various state institutions involved in preserving intangible cultural heritage. They also noted Qatar’s efforts to register several cultural elements on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Regarding Arab affairs, the papers covered the escalating developments of the Palestinian issue, including the Israeli settlers’ attacks in the West Bank under the protection of the occupation forces, in conjunction with the Israeli aggression and the ongoing war of extermination on the Gaza Strip. The paper added that since the start of the aggression on the Gaz
a Strip, the West Bank has been subjected to a state of closure with strict restrictions on movement between cities and towns, in addition to continuous raids and intense arrest campaigns.

In its editorial titled “Qatar’s Intangible Heritage: A Living Cultural Legacy,” Al Raya underscored Qatar’s efforts to protect its intangible cultural heritage, reflecting its dedication to safeguarding living cultural traditions and legacies inherited from ancestors. These traditions encompass oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, ceremonial rituals, knowledge and practices related to nature and the universe, and the knowledge and skills required for producing traditional crafts.

It added that protecting intangible heritage is more than just inscribing it on a heritage list, as intangible heritage is a living legacy, a tool for mutual understanding, and a means of preserving vital practices to achieve sustainable development.

The paper concluded that Qatar has played a distinguished role in preserving its
intangible heritage. The country has also paid continuous attention to this heritage since ratifying the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2008. This convention serves as a key reference for State Parties in formulating public policies, enacting legislation, and taking the necessary measures to safeguard intangible heritage, in light of the evolving concept of cultural heritage, which is no longer confined to architectural monuments but encompasses intangible cultural practices.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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