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About QatarDebate

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QatarDebate Centre, a member of "Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development", was established in 2008 and is the national debating organization for Qatar. Our aim is to shape the global citizens of today and the intellectual leaders of tomorrow in Qatar and the region, through the delivery of diverse debate learning programs featuring Arabic and English, in Qatar and the region. We do this by delivering a wide range of high quality debate learning programs in Arabic and English, which seek to promote the culture and use of debate, open dialogue and discussion as effective academic and personal development skills amongst secondary and university students.

QatarDebate Centre soon established a reputation for quality, delivery, and results in Qatar and the region – not inadvertently. Its success is based on the individual attention it is paying to the specific needs of its partners. Our achievements have marked us as a beacon of outstanding practice in spreading a culture of informed dialogue, open discussion and logical thought, all of which are at the heart of debate, in Qatar, the region, and beyond. In so doing, we have succeeded in gaining a reputation, alongside academic institutions, of actively promoting the skills of public speaking, critical thinking, research, and self-confidence among young individuals.

We aim to produce highly qualified, competitive, and socially adept students who excel in a multilingual, multicultural, and global society. Our work in schools and universities extends beyond running debate coach workshops for students, as we strive to mainstream the idea of debate as a holistic extracurricular activity with multiple benefits. We believe it is important that schools and universities begin to consider the importance of debate as a subject and life skill that significantly improves students’ ability to communicate better, to make informed choices, and to actively contribute to the development of their society.

As an organization, QatarDebate Centre also serves the community by partnering with local organizations and ministries to improve the quality of public discussions through public debates programs. These collaborative programs offer an informed and constructive platform for organizations to empower the youth and raise awareness of important local and global issues in an open forum.

Our Mission

To foster a culture of discussion and debate, and in doing so, shape the global citizens of today as well as create the intellectual leaders of tomorrow.

Our vision

To develop, support and raise the standard of open discussion and debate among students in Qatar and across the Middle East, thereby shaping the global citizens of today as well as creating the intellectual leaders of tomorrow.

Our Objectives

To provide and promote educational debating activities at the local, regional and international levels for high-school and university students in Qatar, and also to educate young people about communications and critical thinking.

A Message from the Executive Director

I would like to welcome you to QatarDebate Centre website. This Centre was established in 2008 and was sponsored and supported by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation (QF), to promote the skill of debate and open dialogue in Qatar and around the region. This was done to promote engagement with all community groups, particularly the youth, with the aim of perfecting the art of open dialogue and building the personalities of those discussing and addressing concrete community issues on the ground, with convincing arguments and clear evidence.

From this platform, I would like to send a message to everyone interested in learning about and excelling in debates and public discussions, to invite you to view the QatarDebate Centre’s public files, which will inform you about the Centre’s structure and aims. Through this message, we endeavor to deliver our vision about debate and dialogue to the widest possible audience, and to bridge the communication gap through the explanatory sources of debating. You can download the book “the complete guide on the Art of Debate" which has been translated from English into Arabic. You can also view the “dictionary of debating terms”, which includes terms in both English and Arabic relating to debate and dialogue, in addition to our new release book “Introduction to the Art of Debating”.

We would also like to hear your opinions, feedback and all your queries about the activities offered by QatarDebate. We want to cater for your debating needs and are here to pay attention to your creative ideas and suggestions surrounding some of the new methods and modern literature on the subject of debate and collaborative work. We want to create a holistic administrative system that invests in the intellect and talents of young people, and develops their debate skills in international championships and local competitions. We believe that debating is one of the tools that shape human beings and help them build self-confidence.

At QatarDebate, we offer everyone diversified programs, activities and training workshops run by highly competent trainers, to enable everyone to participate in championships. We also support anyone wishing to spread the culture of debate in their home country, or establish debating forums.

At QatarDebate, we are proud to be a part of QF, the constructive educational establishment in Qatar. So welcome to you all, and I pray to Allah that we may achieve all of our aspirations.


Verily, Allah is the granter of success.

Dr Hayat Abdulla Maarafi
Executive Director

 
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2008

World Schools Debating Championship

The inaugural QatarDebate team attended the World Schools Debating Championship in Washington DC, winning four out of eight debates. As a result, they set a new world record for the best performance by a new entrant country in the competition.

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2009

QatarDebate Center won the bid of hosting the International WSDC

As an encore to their stunning debut in 2008, the Qatar National Debate team won four out of eight debates during the World Schools Debating Championship in Athens. What’s more, QatarDebate Center won the bid of hosting the International World Schools Debating Championship held in Doha, after a strong run of competitions with a number of world capitals.

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2010

QatarDebate hosted the 22nd WSDC

QatarDebate hosted the 22nd World Schools Debating Championship. Not only did Qatar become the first country in the Arab World to host this competition, Qatar also attracted over 57 countries to participate.

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2011

1st IUADC

QatarDebate hosted the 1st International Universities Arabic Debating Championship with 40 teams from 19 universities representing 12 different countries. Qatar became the first country in the world to hold an event of this kind.

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2012

1st ISADC

QatarDebate hosted the 1st International Schools Arabic Debating Championship with the participation of 20 Arab states as well as Malaysia. Qatar became the first country in the world to hold an event of this kind.

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2013

4th ICARD

QatarDebate organized the 4th International Conference on Argumentation, Rhetoric, Debate and the Pedagogy of Empowerment, in cooperation with the Slovenian Institute for culture of dialogue, International Society for the Study of Argumentation-Netherlands, World Debate Institute, and the International Center for the Advancement of Political Communication and Argumentation-USA, with participation of more than 300 researchers and scholars representing 38 different countries, with large Arab presence from more than 14 Arab countries.

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2014

2nd ISADC

QatarDebate hosted the 2nd International Schools Arabic Debating Championship. 25 countries participated in the championship, 5 of which were non-Arabic speakers.

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2015

3rd IUADC

QatarDebate hosted the 3rd International Universities Arabic Debating Championship, with the participation of 67 teams representing 63 universities from 34 countries.

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2016

3rd ISADC

QatarDebate hosted the 3rd International Schools Arabic Debating Championship, held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani - Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development - with the participation of 50 countries 30 of which were non-Arabic speaking countries.

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2017

4th IUADC

QatarDebate hosted the 4th International Universities Arabic Debating Championship, held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani - Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development - with the participation of 90 teams, representing 88 universities from 46 Arabic and Non-Arabic speaking countries.

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2018

4th ISADC

QatarDebate hosted the 4th International Schools Arabic Debating Championship, held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani - Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development - with the participation of 55 countries 33 of which were non-Arabic speaking countries.