Qatar and Cuba… Distinguished, Upgraded Relations Beefed Up by High-Level Shared Visits -1-

Tourism sector in Cuba emerges as a promising sector that offers the potential to establish shared projects between the two nations. The Cuban side showcased a list of 16 hotel, agricultural, industrial and oil projects to the Qatari side, as well as civil aviation in which Qatar can invest in.

The Qatari-Cuban cooperation relationship was culminated in the inauguration of the Cuban Hospital at Dukhan area in Qatar in 2012 which remained a model to be emulated in cooperation between nations. The Cuban media circles described the hospital as an "icon of cooperation in the region".

In the context of the good relations between Qatar and Latin American countries, the Global Public Diplomacy Network led by Katara Cultural Village Foundation concluded the promotional campaign for the "Qatari Public Diplomacy in Latin America" which was launched with the participation of a host of Their Excellencies ambassadors, diplomats, media professionals, sports and art icons in Latin American countries, alongside major press institutions, media, and TV channels.

The campaign had contributed to promoting the bilateral and historical relations between Qatar, Cuba, and Latin American countries, along with its role in beefing up close cooperation between the two sides in a variety of fields. The campaign earned positive and long-term reactions in Cuban media circles and a warm welcome from the Cuban people who were fervently upbeat about this initiative.

The campaign included broadcasting programs on the comprehensive renaissance the State of Qatar is witnessing, the achievements made in various venues, as well as the bilateral, historical and outstanding relations between Doha and Latin American countries, in addition to streaming professional movies that narrate the initiatives launched by the network, along with their role in reinforcing bilateral relations among the member states and establishing communications bridges between nations and communities worldwide.

The movies had a profound impact in promoting Qatars posture as an attractive and pioneering tourism, cultural and sports destination. The campaign accentuated the Qatar- led preparations to host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

In October 2022, the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara inaugurated the mural titled Friends, Qatar and Cuba, created by Cuban artist Michel Lopez during which the embassies of Cuba and Haiti in Qatar offered the Qatar National Library a combination of books of two thought leaders in the two countries within the framework of enhancing intercultural dialogue promoted by Qatar National Library.

In December 2019, HE Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Republic of Cuba during that time, Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Derbasti, participated in a ceremony held by the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the occasion of issuance of postage stamp to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Cuba.

Cuba Island is situated in the Caribbean, between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean whose area is slightly more than 110,000 square kilometers. Its population is roughly 11 million people.

To the north of Cuba, 300 miles away, located the US state of Florida. Cuba is undergoing a process of gradual economic recovery, and is witnessing a spike in foreign investments. Among its most critical natural resources are nickel, cobalt, iron ore, coffee, sugar, tobacco, copper, oil, and timber.

There are promising plans to export cobalt, especially since Cuba has the third largest reserve of cobalt in the world, while tourism in Cuba is considered an industry which currently attracts over 4 million tourists annually. It is considered as one of the most important major income resources for the Caribbean island. The number of the incoming tourists aboard cruise ships reached a roughly 800,000 visitors in 2018.

Since the sixties of the last century, Cuba has been investing in education, especially in health, as physicians are the most important cadres to be deployed worldwide. Consequently, it earned profits exceeding $11 billion annually. Currently, there are over 45,000 Cuban physicians in 67 countries in various continents, along with tens of thousands of nurses, technicians and paramedics. The Cuban medical crews proved their aptitudes and capabilities and provided good services in numerous disaster zones in Asia, Africa and Americas.

Source: Qatar News Agency