The bilin­gual, on­line por­tal that the Bri­tish Li­brary Qatar Foun­da­tion Part­ner­ship has been work­ing on for the last three years was launched, giv­ing users ac­cess to a wealth of in­for­ma­tion re­lated to the Gulf re­gion un­cov­ered in the Bri­tish Li­brary archiv

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The new por­tal, called the Qatar Dig­i­tal Li­brary and avail­able at www.qdl. qa, pro­vides con­tex­tual ma­te­rial to help teach­ers, stu­dents and his­tory en­thu­si­asts make the best use of the 500,000 digi­tised pages avail­able. This in­cludes 475,000 pages from the In­dia Of­fice Records and 25,000 pages of me­dieval Ara­bic manuscripts. Dr Clau­dia Lux, Project Di­rec­tor of Qatar Na­tional Li­brary, said: “We are glad to part­ner with the Bri­tish Li­brary on this am­bi­tious and unique project. The huge quan­tity of price­less his­tor­i­cal ma­te­rial that has been placed on the Qatar Dig­i­tal Li­brary por­tal are made avail­able on­line for the first time, can be ac­cessed by any­one around the world, and shall play a cru­cial role in rais­ing aware­ness and shar­ing knowl­edge about the Gulf's his­tory and Arab Is­lamic Sciences. The digi­tised ma­te­ri­als will not only pre­serve the re­gion's her­itage for the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions but will also de­liver an un­prece­dented re­source of huge ben­e­fit to ev­ery­one in­ter­ested in the re­gion's his­tory, her­itage and cul­ture.”

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