Art and journalism came together on 23 July, 2017 during the launch of Qatar’s only homegrown English language lifestyle magazine BQ Plus’ (July-August) issue, at the hands of celebrated Qatari artist Ahmed Al Maadheed of the Tamim Al Majd unity icon fame.
This ubiquitous mural or unity icon of Qatar has catapulted its creator, Ahmed, to the heights of instant fame, and in keeping with its dynamic editorial policy, BQ Plus was quick to do an exclusive interview for the magazine. In this interview the talented young artist talks about his art, motivation, lifestyle and interests. Featured prominently on the magazine’s cover, Ahmed was the cynosure of all eyes at the event, held at the head office of Gulf Star Group, publisher of BQ Plus and its sister business publication, BQ Business Magazine.
Although a private event, an unmistakable nationalistic fervor filled the air with Qatari national invitees socializing with expat residents and the management and employees of the Gulf Star Group. The event venue was decked with Qatari flags, Tamim Al Majd banners and the latest BQ Plus promotional banners.
Flanked by a beaming Ahmed and other prominent invitees, Naveed Abdulla, Business Director of the Gulf Star Group, swore unwavering allegiance to Qatar and HH the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. “I am born in Qatar. For all of us, Qatar is our personal pride and the same is showcased to the world at any given opportunity in both our lifestyle and business magazines. We love Qatar, we support Sheikh Tamim and we will continue to support him forever. I am also extremely excited that Ahmed, a representative of Qatari youth, has launched our taglines #TamimOurSuperHero and in Arabic تميم بطلنا both of which are currently a rage among youngsters in the country,” he said amidst loud cheers from onlookers.
The launch celebrations included an unveiling of the BQ Plus publicity hoarding and the latest magazine by Ahmed. This was followed by cutting of the BQ Plus special cake, featuring the latest magazine cover, by Khaled Al Hammadi, Naveed, Ahmed, Mohammed Mansour Rashid Al Khater and Khalid Mubarak Al Buainain.
“Tamim Al Majd and Ahmed Al Maadheed are the most talked about in Qatar at the moment. The latest BQ Plus is also being launched just days after HH the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s address to the nation, commending the people’s unity and support, so we are truly eager to satiate the curiosity of our valued readers through this published interview. We are also proud of the fact that this talented young artist has chosen BQ Plus for his first exclusive interview,” said A.K. Vijay, Editor-in-Chief of BQ Magazines.