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Qatar Academy is proud to host The Hague International Model United Nation’s (THIMUN) regional office, bringing world class leadership, Model UN and Film opportunities to students in Qatar and the region. The THIMUN Qatar office hosts the fall Qatar Leadership Conference, the Middle East’s largest MUN conference each January, the THIMUN Qatar Northwestern international youth film festival each spring, and a new middle school Model UN conference, the first in the region.

The THIMUN Foundation, established in The Hague in 1981, is an accredited NGO with the United Nations Department of Public Information and was granted, in 2003, Roster Consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. THIMUN’s flagship MUN conference began in 1968, with a second conference added in Singapore in 2005. The THIMUN Qatar office was established in 2011 to meet the growing demand for quality MUN experiences for high school students in the Middle East.


The THIMUN Qatar office is located at Qatar Academy and staffed by THIMUN Qatar Head Lisa Martin and Regional Conference Coordinator Jesse Atkins. Based on the THIMUN philosophy, all events are planned and run by high school students for their peers, making THIMUN Qatar one of the region’s most innovative and important leadership incubators. The THIMUN Qatar program has doubled in size since its inception in 2011, and is experiencing strong annual growth, a testament to the demand and desire students and schools are putting in high quality experiential learning programs in Qatar and beyond.

Program Highlights

THIMUN Qatar MUN Conference

Held at the end of January, the THIMUN Qatar conference is one of only four THIMUN conferences worldwide. Over 1500 student delegates, student officers, press, Admin, IT and members of the Student Executive team participate in the region’s largest MUN conference. Held in the state-of-the-art Qatar National Convention Centre, the conference attracts schools from as far away as Australia, China, Tanzania and the United States.


Qatar Leadership Conference

The QLC is a unique leadership event, bringing thought leaders in the areas of youth activism, peace and reconciliation, social entrepreneurship and film advocacy, in addition to MUN, together with some of the region’s brightest high school students. The QLC format sees over ten unique sessions of workshops and presentations each hour, allowing students, teachers and recognized experts in their fields to learn and share from one another. The QLC is meant to be an incubator for ideas, and a networking opportunity for participants.

THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival

The THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival was created to encourage students to advocate for change in the world using a media that could potentially reach a large, international audience via the Internet.The three-day festival includes workshops for student directors and film/editing challenges,. The festival culminates with an Oscar-style Gala Awards Ceremony where judges will reveal the winners for Best Poster, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Story, Best National Film, and Best Picture . Past winners can be see on the THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival Youtube channel.


For more information about THIMUN Qatar’s MUN conference, the Qatar Leadership Conference, or the Film Festival, please visit the website at or contact the office at

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