Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Qatar's Ambassador Reflects on His Washington Tour

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Qatar's Ambassador Reflects on His Washington Tour

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Washington, DC said goodbye to Ambassador of the State of Qatar Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari at a Nov. 16 reception held at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse. The restaurant is located in City Center DC, a modern complex built on the site of the District's old convention center which now includes residential units, offices, high-end stores and a public plaza. The $1 billion construction project was stalled during the U.S. economic downturn until Qatar, with the help of its then-Ambassador Mohamed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi, invested $650 million in 2010. It wasn't the first time Qatar has come to the rescue. In 2006, after Hurricane Katrina, Qatar donated $100 million to help victims of the disaster.

The upscale new neighborhood was a fitting spot to celebrate the contributions of Al Kuwari, who became Qatar's ambassador to Washington in March 2014 and will now return to Madrid, where he earned his master's degree, as ambassador to Spain. Ambassador Al Kuwari, who graduated with a degree in political science from the University of Portland in 1980, said he'd miss his evening walks across the Potomac River and the "paradox of seasons" in this nation's capital, where cherry blossoms bloom amid the snow and urban landscapes. …

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