Dana Al Fardan is Qatar’s only female contemporary composer, songwriter and symphonic artist. Dana is also the Ambassador of Doha College’s Qatar Primary School Choir of the Year competition and wrote its anthem The Wings of the Falcon. Dana’s commitment to educational programmes, nurturing the creative talents of Qatar’s next generation, and contribution to the creation of the country’s burgeoning music industry from its foundations is truly inspirational.
When I left Doha College in 2008, A levels freshly completed and ready to start university in the UK, I never imagined that I would come back only six years later to start work at a teacher at the school. However, knowing what a great place it is to be student, I imagined it must be the same as a teacher – and I was completely correct! Doha College has changed a lot since my first day in September 2003 but what it does retain is the pride of every member of the community in being a part of DC. I’m proud to have been a DC student and I’m even prouder of being a DC teacher.
It was so great to be back in Doha College! Even though I have been in Doha for a few years now, only now that I visited DC it brought back all the great memories. It brought back the breaks we spent on window lodges, sport hall brought back the “not-so-happy” memories of me constantly excusing myself from PE classes because that was the only class I didn’t really like. Interestingly, what made me aware of how fast Qatar is developing and growing is the fact that Doha College back then (1992-1994) was in the suburbs, while now it is almost the heart of the city. It’s great to witness this amazing growth and progress a country you call home is experiencing!