QatarDebate is the National Debating Organization for Qatar and a member of Qatar Foundation. QatarDebate was established in September 2007 with the aim of developing, supporting and raising the standard of open discussion and debate among students in Qatar and across the Middle East, shaping the Global Citizens of today and the intellectual leaders of tomorrow. At an international level, QatarDebate selects and trains the Qatar National Debating team.
In February 2010, QatarDebate hosted the 22nd World Schools Debating Championship (WSDC) in Doha from February 8, 2010 to February 18, 2010 with 57 participating countries.
Alongside its strong English Debate program, QatarDebate hosts Arabic Debate workshops and tournaments. To date QatarDebate has trained over 7000 students in Qatar, regionally and internationally. QatarDebate is in the process of electing Team Qatar 2011 to partake in leading local, regional and international Debate tournaments such as World Schools Debating Championships taking place in Scotland, Dundee August 2011.
In January of this year, QatarDebate launched and signed “The complete Guide on the Art of Debate”, their first (Translated) Arabic Debate Book discussing the culture of debate in the Arab World. The launch is considered as the official launch of Arabic debate program after QatarDebate has come a long way in its English program and its many international successes.