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Omar Al-Qattan

Secular, strategic, cultural, educational, philanthropic

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Date of Birth:



Beirut, Lebanon

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Omar Al-Qattan is recognized for his secular and strategic approach to philanthropy in Palestine. He has been an influential figure in the Palestinian diaspora, particularly in the United States, where he has been actively involved in philanthropic activities.

Brief bio

Omar Al-Qattan began his career as a filmmaker and later joined his family business, Al-Hani Construction and Trading Company in Kuwait, where he now serves as chairman. He is also the chairman of the A.M. Qattan Foundation (AMQF), established in 1993 by his parents. This foundation focuses on providing Arab and Palestinian children, artists, and teachers with tools to develop critical thinking and creativity. He has been a long-serving member of the Taawon-Welfare Association and was the chair of the Palestinian museum from 2012 to 2017.

Major Milestones


  • Career as a Filmmaker: Omar Al-Qattan started his professional journey in the film industry...See More

  • Joining Family Business: He later joined and now chairs the Al-Hani Construction and Trading Company...See More

  • Chairing the A.M. Qattan Foundation: Taking a significant role in the foundation set up by his parents.

  • Role in the Taawon-Welfare Association: Contributing to the welfare and support of Palestinian causes.

  • Chairing the Palestinian Museum: His involvement in cultural preservation and promotion through the Palestinian museum.

  • Supporting Culture and Arts: His foundation focuses on nurturing the creativity of Arab and Palestinian children, artists, and teachers.

  • Secular Philanthropy: He advocates for a secular approach to philanthropy based on project quality and strategic effectiveness.

  • Building the Palestinian Museum: He played a pivotal role in establishing the Palestinian Museum, an independent cultural institution.

  • Focus on Education: The A.M. Qattan Foundation places a strong emphasis on educational initiatives.

  • Promoting Progressive Institutions: Al-Qattan is committed to building institutions and movements that envision a just and equitable future.

Date of Last Update: 
January 13, 2024

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