Last night, Reach Out to Asia, a NGO that is part of Qatar Foundation, hosted its annual gala dinner at Al Shaqab in Doha. Chaired by Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, the organization works to provide educational opportunities to children in crisis-affected countries such as Bangladesh, Yemen, and Indonesia.
Speaking in front of a crowd that included her parents—His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al Missned—Sheikha Al Mayassa praised the role of education as “the best way to put an end to conflicts around the world.”
The dinner, which began with a performance by The Malek Jandali Trio, ended with a live auction by Sotheby’s. Among the lots up for bidding were a trip to the edge of space for two people, an Hermès bespoke men’s trunk donated by Wissam Al Mana, and a Chopard diamond necklace given by the jewelry brand’s artistic director and co-president Caroline Scheufele, who had just flown in from an event in Beijing in order to attend the soirée. “It’s a fair-mine gold necklace so it’s very meaningful to me because it’s also a message that children shouldn’t be working in mines and that’s why I gave it to ROTA. I was in Doha for the first time 30 years ago, when it was only the Sheraton Hotel surrounded by the desert, and it’s amazing what the Emir and Sheikha Moza have accomplished in such a short time,” she said at the end of the gala, before dashing to the head table to congratulate Sheikha Moza on the successful evening, which raised over US$15 million.
Clad in an Ulyana Sergeenko embroidered haute couture dress paired with a gray abaya, Her Highness stole the show, posing in front of the cameras and informally chatting with the many starstruck volunteers who ushered her into the dinner venue.