The Katara Ramadan Festival opens today with “Arabic Calligraphy and Quran, a Shared Journey” exhibition featuring the prized collection of passionate art collector Ibrahim Fakhroo.
The exhibition will show the historical development of Arabic calligraphy through the unique Qurans Fakhroo has collected over the years. The expo runs until August 31 at Galleries 1 and 2 in Building 22.
The expo is just one of a dozen exhibitions most of which open simultaneously. The expos all revolve around a common theme which is Arabic calligraphy.
“Arabic calligraphy is a main element found among Arab nations and Islamic culture. It is not a writing style but it is also a way to decorate buildings, and because of that, the cultural village assumes to celebrate this year with Arabic calligraphy,” said Katara General Manager Dr Khaild Al Sulaiti.
A variety of events scheduled throughout the holy month and until Eid Al Fitr is also being held including documentary film screenings, musical show, sand animation, light calligraphy show, fashion show, garangao and related events as well as various workshops.
A group of leading Islamic preachers will give 10 public lectures throughout the festival.
Katara also engages more people through social media by organizing a competition called ‘Rally Paper’ in which people can win over a hundred iftar and suhour vouchers by answering questions via Facebook. With the plethora of expos and events, Katara assumes an important role in attracting people both locally and regionally making it a major destination during the Ramadan and Eid seasons.
The entire Cultural Village has also been decked up with lights exuding the Ramadan atmosphere set to attract thousands of visitors throughout the season.
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