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Posted On: 7 October 2020 03:00 pm
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Everything to know about, see and do at Katara Cultural Village

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The Katara Cultural Village is a brilliant project for art and cultural exchange, which was made came to life by the vision and leadership of H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir of Qatar.

It is the biggest multi-cultural project in Qatar. It is a melting pot of experiences, where people come together to experience the different cultures around them. Katara has theatres, concert halls, exhibition galleries and cutting-edge facilities, Katara is a leader for multi-cultural activities.

What is the idea of Katara?

Katara main vision and mission is to be the ultimate centre in Qatar for art, theatre, literature, music, visual art, conventions and exhibitions.

This beautiful cultural village is a testament to that very fact, and is a place where people of different cultural backgrounds overcome their boundaries and come together for a common cause.

What is the meaning of the name Katara?

The name "Katara" appeared in history in early 18th century AD. In a French map of the Arabian Peninsula coastline, sea and gulf, the name was written "Katara" instead of "Catara," which was the designation used by geographers from the map of Ptolemaeus in 150 AD until 1738 AD.

It was decided to revive Qatar's olden name to uphold our connection to ancient heritage and to honour Qatar's distinguished position since the dawn of history.

What are the things to do, see and enjoy at Katara Cultural Village?

Apart from dining in restaurants with amazing views and luxury, Katara Cultural Village has a lot to see and do. Don't forget to take your camera while visiting here for some picturesque captures!

Amphitheatre

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This is one of the main attractions and the heart of the cultural village. The Amphitheatre is inspired by the classical Greek theatre concept with a mix of Islamic architecture. It is located at the heart of Katara.

The construction of the Amphitheatre was completed in 2008 and is in an area of 3,275. Spectacular, world-class events are held here.

The Amphitheatre was officially opened on 11 December 2011 with a beautiful and magnificent concert by the legendary Vangelis and featuring world-renowned stars like Angela Gheorghiou, Roberto Alagna and Jeremy Irons. The seating capacity of this man-made wonder is 5,000 persons.

Katara Beach

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This is hands down one of the most beautiful natural beaches of Qatar. The private beach spans over 1.5 km. People can enjoy a quiet time at the beach or enjoy some water activities to satisfy the water baby in them! Katara Beach working hours are from 3 pm till 10 pm, everyday.

READ MORE: Katara Beach to charge entrance fees starting today

Mosques

The Masjid of Katara

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Katara Masjid, designed by globally-renowned Turkish mosque designer, Zainab Fadil Oglu is one of the most beautiful mosques or Masjids in Qatar.

The intricate decorations of the mosque were carefully designed by a team of specialists from Dolma Palace in Istanbul. The outer surface of the mosque is garnished with turquoise and purple mosaic. The inspiration for the interior and exterior architectural designs are all inspired by several famous mosques found in various cities and capitals of the world. We contacted the authorities at Katara Cultural Village via their call centre number 182, and we were told that visitors are allowed to enter the mosque during non-prayer times, but please be quiet and respectful while visiting the mosque. Kindly note that no photography or videography is allowed inside the mosque.

The Golden Masjid

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The Golden Masjid was garnished with extremely small golden chips all around its structure.

The mosques offer many religious programs and lectures by esteemed scholars, and also offer advanced structured courses in Quran memorization. We contacted the authorities at Katara Cultural Village via their call centre number 182, and we were told that visitors are allowed to enter the mosque during non-prayer times, but please be quiet and respectful while visiting the mosque. Kindly note that no photography or videography is allowed inside the mosque.

The Pigeon Towers

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You can't miss visiting this at Katara Cultural Village. This is probably the most photographed structure of Katara. They are an example of traditional Islamic architecture. Here, back in the day, pigeons were domesticated not for their meat but rather for their droppings, which was used as fertiliser by the locals. It is located near the Blue Mosque and can house up to 14,000 birds at once! Made with brick, lime and gypsum, these towers stand tall ranging from 10-22 meters in diameter and 18 meters in height.

Katara’s Gardens & Katara Hills Promenade

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Katara's gardens comprise various seasonal types of plants and flowers, in addition to a large number of evergreen trees, adapting beautifully to the local conditions.

The total area of the Gardens is 32,700 sqm. Apart from this, Katara’s vast landscape is a great place to enjoy your morning or evening stroll at. Katara hills’ planned walking track, which can be seen as a distinct purple coloured walking/jogging track, lush green landscape and carefully planned layout is the perfect spot to get your feet moving and to relax your mind.

Katara Opera House

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The Opera House is the only facility of its kind in Qatar and is home to the famous Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. The Katara Opera House is a favourite for some of the world’s leading artists and musicians. Boasting a capacity of seating 550 people, its model is inspired by modern and traditional Islamic design.

Drama Theatre

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The Drama Theatre is built, inspired by the buildings and houses of Qatar and gives the audience an open-air experience. It can host a wide range of different events and screenings. With an independent entrance and annexe hall, the seating capacity of the Drama Theatre is 430 people.

Halls & Galleries

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Katara has various halls and galleries that can host multiple conferences, seminars and exhibitions. They host frequent exhibitions and is a favourite and must-visit venue for artists and art lovers alike, from around the world.

Al Jazeera Media Café

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Al Jazeera Media Café offers customers a one-of-a-kind experience, introducing them to the world of Al Jazeera.

Customers can view and enjoy the broadcast studio, an exhibition of Al Jazeera Media Network’s past, a variety of activities and a vast and yummy menu.

There is also a small convenience store located at Katara Cultural Village in case you'd like to pick up water or snacks while visiting. Know more about all the other restaurants and cafés at Katara Cultural Village here.

Al Thuraya Planetarium

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The Al Thuraya Planetarium is the first of its kind in Qatar, and offers a beautiful experience to visitors, giving them the best of education and entertainment, especially students, families and astronomy enthusiasts. Named after the Thuraya (Seven Sisters), a cluster of seven bright stars, it is one of the most beautiful sights in the sky which Arabs call the Thuraya (Arabic: wealth) which was of great significance to them in ancient times.

It is temporarily closed due to the current situation. For more information about the reopening and the next shows, click here.

Spot the different public art installations and murals

  • Gandhi’s Three Monkeys

    Indian artist Subodh Gupta’s ‘Gandhi’s Three Monkeys’ were installed at Katara in 2012. They’re made from bronze, steel, and old utensils, and refer to the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.

    • The Force of Nature

      'The Force of Nature', symbolizes human strength and determination. It was created by Lorenzo Quinn with a mixture of bronze, aluminium, and steel, and is his idea of the destructive power of tropical storms, hurricanes, and typhoons around the globe.

      • Oryx Going Ahead

        "Oryx Going Ahead" is the masterpiece of the famous Argentinian street artist Martin Ron. The 11 meters tall masterpiece showcases an Arabian oryx, with the map of Qatar on its forehead, bursting through a wall with the Doha skyline as the background. According to the artist, it highlights the pride and resilience of the people of Qatar despite the unjust blockade.

        Contact Details

            NOTE: Professional photography and videography is not allowed at all parts of Katara and requires prior permission. To apply for permission, fill-up the form here. For any queries, while visiting the Katara Cultural Village, you can always enquire at Building 15.

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