|Qatar occupies a thumb of land that extends off the Arabian Peninsula into the Persian Gulf. This nation, though small in size, represents more than a strategic geographical location: it is uniquely beautiful and culturally rich. Qatar: Sand, Sea and Sky is an overview of the country’s history, its journey into modernity and the ways it preserves the duality of its culture as a desert by the sea. Stunning photography pairs with informative and personal text by the wife of the most recent United States ambassador to Qatar to give Westerners traveling to Qatar on business or for World Cup preparations an inside understanding of this moderate Muslim country and the way it attempts to become modern and engaged with the world without losing its heritage. It includes an introduction by Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, current Chair of the Qatari Foundation Reach Out to Asia and daughter of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the current Emir of Qatar.
DIANA C.K. UNTERMEYER lived in Qatar from 2004-2007 as the wife of the U.S. ambassador. In Qatar, she served as an active volunteer and participated in numerous equestrian sports, particularly endurance horse racing. Born in Wyoming, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia in 1984. After graduation, she became an avid whitewater kayaker and worked in the White House. She currently resides in Houston, Texas, with her husband Chase and their daughter Elly. Qatar: Sand, Sea, and Sky is her first book.
Award-winning photographer HENRY DALLAL has been passionate about photography since the age of nine, when his father gave him a Box Brownie. His books include Pageantry and Performance: The Household Cavalry in a Celebration of Pictures and Horse Warriors: India’s 61st Cavalry. He has received commissions to photograph Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, HRH Princess Anne, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein. His work has been exhibited at Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace, Blenheim Palace, the Naples Museum of Art (Florida), the Royal Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Institution. Born in Iran, he has made London his home since moving there from Colorado in 1994.