How was the idea of your book, of creating this legacy to the world, born? Why did you want to write?
For multiple reasons. I turned 40 last Thursday, and I’m not a birthday person, and I thought: Since I graduated from university, what have I done? I realized I that I have committed myself to people and to public service which is something I think I’ll do for the rest of my life, and I said to myself, “Why don’t you write a book…?” This is how it started. It’s not a heavy book or a memoir. I turned it into a guide book with personal reflections and recommendations. I covered all the projects that we’ve done, people will know why and how we did all this and why it makes sense for our country and how it can be a real legacy.
It also talks about our future projects for the next seven years. Next year we have an amazing exhibition about Lebanon in the ‘60s at Mathaf, and we discuss how Lebanon ended up in this situation, because we can’t not ask why all this happened and we need to help societies recover. Lebanon is multicultural, multi-religious multi everything…
Until last month I didn’t think it was going to happen, this big thing in such a short period, but I had a good team. We also wanted to create conversations, because you understand people more thanks to conversations, so there’s a podcast with the book, and we asked people why they’re working in Qatar, what they think about Qatar, that sort of thing. It is all about Qatar and the world.