Doha Debates brings together diverse perspectives for vibrant dialogue on urgent — and often controversial — issues. Connecting people around the globe isn’t just a matter of internet connections. Shared_Studios’ Portals use physical spaces — like shipping containers, school buses and even inflatable rooms — to make people feel like they’re sharing the same space with somebody elsewhere in the world. Staffed by curators who host events like performances and classes, Portals bring human connection to the forefront, something often missing from monitors and keyboards.
In partnership with Shared_Studios, our Portal provides a curated space to learn, question and connect.
Learn more about our portal:
These Portals Connect the World
“The Doha Debates Portal has been an eye-opening experience for me both as a Lithuanian and an aspiring journalism student. To be instantly connected in real-time with someone across the world for a discussion is fascinating. I was able to ask questions that are vital for me, directly hear genuine opinions and responses and challenge my perception of global issues for the better.”
Journalism Student | Northwestern University in Qatar
“In the portal, we connected to Gaza City. The topic that we decided to touch on is sport, and how sport can bring people together. But the issues coming out there were really interesting because sport was linked to gender equality.”
Former President of Mauritius
“Via the portal, I had the chance to connect with people in Erbil in Iraq, discover what life is like in Iraq and learn more in depth about their culture and food. It was a nice experience engaging in the Portal!”
Primary School Student | Qatar Academy Wakra School
“I enjoyed talking to people in the United States via the Portal. It was really interesting to know how is it like there, especially with racial discrimination. [We also talked] about capitalism and changes that can help us adapt to social responsibilities in different societies.”
Mechanical Engineering Student | Texas A&M University in Qatar
How to participate:
In the Doha Portal, participants can join live participants in debates and other events, giving them the opportunity to raise challenging questions with groups around the globe, from a tech hub in Gaza to a university in Texas and a public park in Lagos.
Stay up to date with the upcoming connections by following the @DohaPortal Instagram account and follow the conversation on social media with the hashtags #DearWorld and #DohaPortal.