Special Event Looks at Qatar: Sand, Sea and Sky

Subject:  Qatar: Sand, Sea and Sky

Speaker:  Diana Untermeyer, Author of Qatar: Sand, Sea and Sky

Location:  Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail

Cost:  $15 CIR Members; $20 Nonmembers & Guests

CIR joins with the World Affairs Councils of America and the Embassy of Qatar, to present Diana Untermeyer, author of Qatar: Sand, Sea, and Sky. Mrs. Untermeyer lived in Doha, the bustling capital of Qatar, from 2004 – 2007 while her husband Chase served as U.S. ambassador. Though small in size, Qatar’s strategic location and natural gas wealth make it a rising economic and political power. Qatar: Sand, Sea, and Sky, published in December 2011, gives an overview of Qatar’s rich culture and history and documents its journey into modernity. The book will be available for purchase at this event.

During the time that she lived in Doha, Qatar, Diana Untermeyer was active with women’s and children’s programs and in the conservation, arts and health communities. Her personal narrative provides a unique perspective of this moderate Muslim country and the way it attempts to become modern and engaged with the world without losing its heritage. Her presentation will include breathtaking photographs from her book taken by award-winning photographer Henry Dallal.

Diana graduated in 1984 with a B.A. from the University of Virginia and is a member of the Raven Society, Phi Beta Kappa, and Delta Delta Delta sorority. After graduation, she worked as a wilderness guide, a liaison between the Vice President’s office and the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief, an advance representative for then-Vice President and Mrs. Bush, and later as executive assistant to the counsel to President George H.W. Bush.


A program of the World Affairs Councils of America.