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Sidra Medicine welcomes UNESCO Artist for Peace Zara

Sidra Medicine, Qatar’s specialist women and children’s hospital and a member of Qatar Foundation, has welcomed United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Artist of Peace and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Ambassador, prominent Russian artist, Zarifa Pashaevna Mgoyan, known as Zara.

During her visit, Zara was introduced to the hospital’s services and facilities including the children’s Heart Center, dialysis units and women’s services. Zara was welcomed with a musical performance by Sidra Medicine’s resident pianist who regularly performs for patients and visitors as part of the hospital’s focus on creating a healing environment. 

Commenting on her visit to Sidra, Zarifa Pashaevna Mgoyan said: “I was fascinated by the design of the building, created by the renowned architect Cesar Pelli. The center resembles three large sails, which, are meant to symbolize calmness and healing. Sidra Medicine pays particular attention to the health of the mother and child. I was impressed that everything in Sidra was set up to make children feel as comfortable as possible.”  

She added: “I was touched when I was greeted by Sidra Medicine’s pianist in the lobby who played three of my songs when I arrived. Music has its own healing properties, so it was great to know that the pianist plays here every morning.”

This visit comes on the sidelines of Zara’s week-long trip to Qatar, which concludes on Monday, November 5th. The artist was invited by Qatar Museums to perform at the Katara Opera House as part of the Qatar Russia Year of Culture, the latest edition of Qatar Museum’s (QM) annual Years of Culture program.


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