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Unleashing Potential, Elevating Stories: TEDinArabic Hosts Event in Amman, Jordan

In partnership with the Qatar Foundation, TED is hosting a regional TEDinArabic event on June 4, 2022 in Amman, Jordan. (Photo: Qatar Foundation)

Faced with constant change, the world must unleash its full potential – human, natural and technological – to meet the challenges and shape the future. In partnership with the Qatar Foundation, TED organized a TEDinArabic regional event on June 4, 2022 in Amman, Jordan, featuring renowned TED speakers who shared their talks with a global live audience – all in Arabic – centered on the theme “Unleashing the Potential, Elevating the Stories”. The event was organized under the patronage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II, hosted by Mais Nobani TV Channel and in the presence of Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice President and CEO of the Qatar Foundation, and a number of dignitaries from Jordan, Qatar and Oman.

This was the second in a series of regional TEDinArabic events leading up to a flagship event in March 2023 in Doha, Qatar, which will bring together 16 speakers from the Arabic-speaking world. Speakers will be selected by the Search for ideas TEDinarabe.

In addition to the TEDinArabic Talks, the event, which was hosted at Al Hussein Technical University, included a series of interactive workshops and activations hosted by the Qatar Foundation and community partners; a performance by the Haya Community Orchestra accompanied by the Haya Choir; and a series of interstitials, including “Ha Ana Ata’alam!” by Farah Shamma! (Here I learn!).

Opening remarks: Ahmad Al Mansourprofessor of innovation at the Qatar Academy of Science and Technology, stressed the importance for TEDinArabic of reaching a global audience while celebrating the richness of the language and preserving the cultural heritage of the Arabic-speaking world.

The interviews in brief:

Little Amal, the giant puppet at the heart of Amir Nizar Zuabi The walk, in his theatrical journey. (Photo courtesy of TED)

Amir Nizar Zuabiartistic director of the Shiber Hur Theater Company

great idea: Walk with Little Amal, a theatrical journey humanizing the refugee experience.

How? In a stunning display of creativity and community, director Amir Nizar Zuabi discusses ‘Little Amal’: a theatrical journey following a nine-year-old refugee girl named Amal (represented by a giant, lifelike puppet) while that she leaves Turkey In England. Zuabi shares the bold vision behind this cultural odyssey to spread hope and celebrate the refugee experience. Relying on his talk of the 2021 TEDMonterey leg, Zuabi shares the latest on Amal’s journey to Ukraine, Poland and, this fall, New York. She will continue to remind people that ‘welcome’ and ‘compassion’ are crucial words in today’s world.

Sheikha Al Jassasi speaks at the TEDinArabic regional event on June 4, 2022 in Amman, Jordan. (Photo: Qatar Foundation)

Sheikha Al Jassasientrepreneur, activist

great idea: Visual impairment is not an obstacle to the release of potential.

How? Sheikha Al Jassasi is the first visually impaired Omani to earn an MBA from the University of Bedfordshire in the UK. Living in a society that lacks knowledge about visual impairment and blindness, Al Jassasi was determined to fulfill her ambitions and quests of pursuing higher education and starting her own business in the face of unimaginable obstacles. Growing up, she always felt different from her peers and people treated her differently. However, with the unconditional love and support of her family, she was able to turn her disability into a triumph for herself and for the visually impaired community in her society. His latest project, Nour Podcastsupports the visually impaired community and provides them with the tools to break down barriers.

This play was written by Lobna Hassairi and Doha Abu Summaqah.