The traditional celebration in Qatar of the Italian National Day was held this year on the 20th of June at Marsa Malaz Kempinski. The event, organized by the Embassy of Italy in Doha, was attended by the State Minister, H.E. Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kuwari, the Minister of Justice, H.E. Dr. Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi, and the Minister of Commerce and Industry, H.E. Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari, as well as by representatives of the diplomatic community, business sector and cultural institutions, and many Italian citizens based in Qatar.
The ceremony, introduced by the Editor in Chief of “Grazia Qatar” Bianca Brigitte Bonomi, included the live performance of Italian and Qatari musicians who sang their own national anthems, the speech of the Ambassador of Italy Pasquale Salzano and the traditional cake-cutting with Qatari Authorities. After the ceremony the guests enjoyed the Italian buffet created by chef Giorgio Schifferegger from “San Clemente” Kempinski Hotel in Venezia.
The National Day was also the occasion to promote - a few days before the final vote of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to be held on June 24th in Lausanne - the “Milano Cortina 2026” candidature to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, as recalled by Ambassador Salzano also through a video of the Italian Olympic Committee, in the presence of the Secretary General of the Olympic Committee of the State of Qatar.