15 February 2022
Qanun student, Tuleen Naame performs alongside her teacher Taoufik Mirkhan at TEDinArabic

TEDinArabic is a joint initiative with TED and Qatar Foundation designed to provide a global platform for thinkers, researchers, artists and change-makers across the Arabic-speaking world. Launched in July 2020, TEDinArabic is TED’s first initiative to amplify ideas, inventions and stories from Arabic-speaking communities. It seeks to inspire solutions that extend across the Arab world and beyond, transcending borders and language barriers.

The event: TED and Qatar Foundation hosted the inaugural TEDinArabic event on December 9, 2021, in Doha, Qatar, featuring renowned speakers who delivered TED Talks in Arabic to a live global audience. This event was the first in a series of TEDinArabic regional events leading up to the TEDinArabic flagship conference in early 2023. The event took place during Qatar Foundation’s WISE 2021 conference, with the theme “Generation Unmute: Reclaiming our Future through Education.” Thousands of educators and thinkers from around the world convened in person and virtually to share their latest contributions and innovations to reimagine educational systems. The event was hosted by Al Jazeera’s Asma Jaber Al Hammadi and attended by Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, the vice chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation.

Opening remarks: Educational and cultural consultant Mohamad Ali Bahri emphasized the importance of TEDinArabic reaching global audiences while also preserving, treasuring and promoting the cultural legacy of the Arabic-speaking world. “We must speak up so that the world can see us,” he says.

Music: Qatar Music Academy performs alongside a series of interstitials, including Farah Shamma’s “Falastini Ana.” 


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