U.S. Embassy and AmCham Qatar Celebrate Second Annual Discover America Week

Distinguished Speakers at DAW panel

DOHA: The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce Qatar, will launch the second annual ‘Discover America Week Qatar 2016’ February 15-22, 2016 to celebrate the U.S. Qatar partnership.

This week will highlight the diversity and breadth of American goods, services, and products, and bring a little bit of America to Qatar. From a high-level forum for business leaders interested in doing business in the United States to a special American Film Showcase, an authentic American Sports Day, exhibits of leading American fashion designers, food, and education, this week will highlight the deep bilateral ties shared between the people of the United States and Qatar.

The United States Ambassador to the State of Qatar Dana Shell Smith welcomed the week as a celebration of the ties that bind the United States and Qatar. “This week will showcase the very best of American ingenuity, products, services, and culture. The United States and Qatar have a strong partnership that witnessed several milestones in 2015, and we are pleased to begin 2016 with a celebration of our deep and close ties.”

Robert Hager, Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Qatar, said: “We are delighted that the U.S. Embassy and our commercial partners have come together with us to present the second Discover America Week to Qatar.  Commercial ties between two countries have never been stronger and we are working alongside our Qatari counterparts to further expand those ties,” added Hager.

A special edition of AmCham Qatar’s Distinguished Speaker Series will be held on February 17, which will feature a panel discussion on the upcoming Presidential elections in the United States. A half-day Forum ‘Doing Business in the U.S.’ will be held on February 18 and will provide information to firms and businesses looking to invest in the U.S. or expand there. Experts with insights into the U.S. economy will address real estate opportunities and investments on February 19.

Also during Discover America Week, the U.S. Embassy is proud to inaugurate the American Film Showcase.  Sundance Film Festival Award winning documentarian Michael Rossato-Bennett and Academy award nominated film producer Alix Madigan will conduct screenings and masterclasses in Doha from February 18 to 22.  The program will kick off with a screening of Rossato-Bennetts film Alive Inside, presented in partnership with the Doha Film Institute at the Museum of Islamic Art.  In the following days, Rossato-Bennett and Madigan will conduct lectures and classes for those interested in filmmaking in partnership with several local organizations.

AmCham will host an American Sports and Family Fun Day on February 19 and the Sixth Annual Golf Tournament will take place on February 22 at the Doha Golf Club. Chevrolet will also be hosting a day of test driving and family activities at the Qatar Racing Club, among other activities.

All week long, the U.S. Embassy will be hosting a booth in Ezdan Mall outside of Carrefour, where visitors can learn about studying in the U.S., American tourism, and pick up a schedule of events for Discover America Week.  On February 21, representatives from the International Student Network will host a college fair in the lower level of Ezdan Mall, where representatives from 18 American universities will be available to discuss their school programs. The fair is free and open to the public.

For more information about Discover America Week Qatar 2016, please visit: qatar.embassy.gov/discoveramerica.html and www.amchamqatar.org.

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For any further information, please contact: pasdoha@state.gov  and info@amchamqatar.org