Doha – Doha hosted today an award ceremony to hand out prizes of the 13th edition of Arab Towns Organization Awards in the Architecture, and the Architectural Heritage award categories.

HE Minister of Municipality and Environment Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi and HE Secretary-General of the Arab Towns Organization Ahmed Mohammed Al Subaih awarded the winners in the mentioned categories.

HE the Minister of Municipality gave a speech to mark the occasion and said that the award was one of the most important events in promoting the identity of the Arabic and Islamic architecture in cities. It also helped promote environmental conservation and beautification of cities, HE the Minister added. His Excellency noted that the awards were established to help preserve the identity of Arab cities after it, along with city beautification, became one of the biggest challenges facing Arab cities’ officials. The award also aimed to encourage innovation in the Arab-Islamic architectural fields and using it in modern day applications.

His Excellency expressed his thanks to all authorities and institutions keen on maintaining the Arab identity, congratulating the winners of this year and wishing better luck in coming years for those who did not win.

For his part, HE the Secretary-General of Arab Towns Organization said that today’s event enhances the sense of partnership between Arab cities and its dwellers in their goal of achieving sustainable development. It will also enhance the competitiveness of Arab cities and the efficiency of its management, HE the Secretary-General added. Al Subaih then expressed his thanks to HH the Emir of Qatar, its government, and the Qatari people for their support to the organization. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency