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Posted On: 7 August 2013 07:07 am
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Fireworks, laser shows during Eid at Katara

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Katara Cultural Village is set to dazzle during Eid Al Fitr Festival with spectacular fireworks, laser and lights shows and synchronized water fountain. The spectacular shows will be held 7.30pm onwards during the four days of Eid holidays at Katara Explanade and the organisers promise visitors “an unforgettable experience throughout the four days of Eid”. The listings at Katara, celebrating the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan, including Arabic calligraphy showcased under the theme ‘A Touch of Light Illuminating the Village of Authenticity’. Among the exhibition highlights in August are ‘Oneness’ works of artist Shahida Ahmed, based on the 99 names of Allah and the seven heavens, showcased at Building 18, Gallery 2. As part of Arabic calligraphy, a recurring theme in July and August at Katara, the exhibitions include artist Rashed Mubarek Said El Muhanadi’s five different portraits. The exhibits at Building 3 feature Arabic calligraphy and its connection with the Holy Quran and Arabic poetry. Another exhibition on this theme is ‘Arabic Calligraphy and Holy Quran, a Shared Journey’ presented by collector Ibrahim Fakhroo at Gallery 1 and 2 at Building 22. This exhibition outlines the history of Arabic Calligraphy through the personal view of passionate art collector Fakhroo. The objects and artworks exhibited are part of the a private collection of Fakhroo. Fakhroo has researched his collection for proof and examples on how the development and improvement of Arabic calligraphy are intrinsically connected with the publishing and diffusion of Quran, throughout history. Visitors can turn back the pages of history at the exhibition titled ‘From Qurtuba to Cordoba’ that will be on display up to August 31. This exhibition displays a variety of ornamental details - testimony of past splendour - which is often taken for granted by Cordoba’s dwellers and visitors. The collection highlights emblematic monuments, walls, doors, towers, minarets and baths, including some examples of Mudejar art, a more recent architectural style inspired by the influences of Al Andalus in the Iberian Peninsula. After touring in Spain, the exhibition has been brought to Doha due to the shared efforts of Casa Arabe and the Embassy of Spain in Qatar, in co-operation with Katara. The city of Cordoba, declared World Heritage Site in 1994, is known worldwide for its Arab-Islamic past. Qurtuba, previously Roman, Byzantine and Visigoth, underwent such development with the Umayyads that it became one of the most important cities. QNA