Qatar Arts, Culture, History & National Heritage

With thousands of years of history, Qatar is a cultural oasis rich in art, national heritage and historic landmarks. A colourful kaleidoscope of traditional Islamic culture, modern art and intriguing architecture, Doha, the capital of Qatar is a cultural powerhouse in the Arabian Gulf. From its historic military forts to inspiring art museums to traditional markets, Doha is a magical destination that captivates your spirit.
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Qatar Museum Of Islamic Art -

A catalyst for the development of Doha, Qatar Museum of Islamic Art showcases a significant collection of Islamic art, artifacts and objects in its gallery, including ceramics, textiles and manuscripts, as well as international exhibitions. The cultural heart of Doha, this inspiring museum holds one of the world's most complete collections of Islamic artifacts, with pieces from Spain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, India and Central Asia. Designed by legendary architect I. M. Pei, the museum draws its inspiration from ancient Islamic architecture but offers an intriguing modern design. Opened in 2008, the museum houses a research library, auditorium, gift shop and restaurants.

Ramada Encore Doha Hotel . . . The Art of Hospitality -

International business and leisure travellers stay connected and comfortable at the  Ramada Encore Doha, a refreshing and innovative hotel in the cultural heart of Doha, Qatar. Surrounded by Doha's museums, historic forts and cultural landmarks, Ramada Encore Doha features stylish and contemporary guestrooms with wood floors and glass bathrooms, flexible meeting space, and modern travel amenities such as Wi-Fi, business centre, rooftop indoor pool, and The Hub, a lively gathering place with fresh world cuisine and a specialty coffee bar. Relax, play, lounge, meet and eat at the Ramada Encore Doha and experience the art of hospitality in Qatar.
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Qatar National Museum -


An architectural masterpiece, the Qatar National Museum - and Aquarium is a cultural highlight of any Doha vacation. Built in 1901 as the palace of the late ruler of Qatar, this incredible museum surrounding a salt water lagoon displays a vast and diverse collection of relics of traditional Qatari life. The award-winning museum boasts varied exhibits including traditional art, architectural artifacts and ornately furnished rooms. Check out the documentary on the making of the Bayt Sha'ar (House of Hair). The Marine Museum is a testament to Qatar's nautical heritage, featuring full-sized dhows and a pearl diving exhibit.
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Doha Souqs/Souq Waqif -


The Doha Souqs are traditional markets with small shops, restaurants, and cafés with Middle Eastern goods. Bursting with Arabic culture and cuisine, Waqif Souq is Qatar's most popular shopping market. A large labyrinth of colourful alleys lined with shops and boutiques, this vibrant souq features a tradiational selection of perfumes, spices, incense, sweets, rice, dried fruits and souvenirs. Shoppers are tempted by the aromas of international fragrances, Arabian and Indian oils, frankincense and sweet-smelling agar wood. Shops also sell coffee pots, incense burners, hand-woven goods, brass-studded wooden chests, traditional
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Qatari dresses and fabrics, luggage, tools, hardware, tents and kitchenware. A feast for the senses, Souq Waqif has many restaurants with Iranian, Moroccan, and Lebanese food. Visit http://www.souqwaqif.com.
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Doha Heritage Village -

A mockup of a traditional Qatari seaside settlement, Heritage Village is a vibrant gathering place where you can shop, eat and listen to music. In two of the tiny houses in the village two men demonstrate the weighing and selling of pearls. The site of festivals and special events, Doha Heritage Village is a hub of activity with locals weaving and practicing local crafts. As sun sets, the village is filled with music and dancing. Visitors will also see old tea pots, an old well, jewelry displayed by masked bedouin women, nets and a traditional Dhow. Try Qatari, and regional dishes. Visitors can buy books on local culture and language, and a huge range of clay pots.
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Doha Zoo -

Located 20kms from Doha on Salwa Road, Doha Zoo presents and protects more than 1,500 animals from over 147 species from around the globe. Doha Zoo is a miniature animal kingdom that showcases a large collection of the region's desert creatures as well as traditional zoo animals, reptiles and birds. The zoo also features a mini amusement park for kids, educational and cultural programs and family events.
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Al Khoot Fort -


Built in 1927 to protect the Waqif souq, Al Khoot Fort - is a Moorish-style relic of military power in the heart of Doha.  This historic fort was used as a prison in the early 20th century, but is presently a museum featuring local arts and crafts, including boat building, rope making and gypsum burning techniques.  The courtyard mosque is one of the massive fort's most interesting features, due to its missing walls and roof. Despite the lack of physical structure, the "mehrab" still faces the "Kaaba" in Mecca. Al-Koot fort has a square courtyard surrounded by a high wall. Circular towers are crowned with traditional Qatari battlements.
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Al-Zubarah Fort -


Built in 1938 on the ruins of a destroyed castle, Al-Zubarah Fort - is a pristine example of a traditional Qatari fort. Used by the Coast Guard until the mid 1980s, the fort is a museum that displays extraordinary artifacts uncovered from the neighboring Al-Zubarah town. The ground floor houses exhibitions of archaeological findings, exquisite pottery and coins that reveal the military history and early development of Qatar. The ground floor also features "iwan," small porticos overlooking the courtyard through square arcades. Climb one of the external staircases in the courtyard to the second floor, which consists of a wide promenade and rooms inside the corner towers with gunfire holes.
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Sheik Faisal Museum -


Located just outside Doha, the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum is a private museum that showcases over 3,000 exhibits from his extensive collection. The museum's five beautiful halls display Islamic art, artifacts, weapons, Bedouin jewelry, traditional doors and woodworks, coins, manuscripts, books and fossils, including dinosaur eggs. The museum also displays the Sheik's impressive collection of classic cars from around the world with more than 100 models from every major auto manufacturer. In addition to this large museum, the estate contains a variety of animals and game, including the rare oryx.
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Weaponry Museum -

Located on the outskirts of Doha in Luqta, the Weaponry Museum houses an over 2,300 exhibits and an amazing collection of weapons and artifacts since the 16th century. The beauty and rarity of this collection of ancient and modern weaponry, including solid gold daggers, Persian rifles from the Ottoman era and a superb collection of swords, highlights the craftsmanship owned by powerful people of Qatar and its generations. The free museum can only be visited by organised groups.

Wind Tower House -

Built in 1982 in Najada, and formerly an ethnographic museum, Wind Tower House has been taken over by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture and further restored to serve as the Gulf Architectural Heritage Centre. The square wind tower was used as an effective means of natural air conditioning in the Arabian Gulf before the introduction of the electricity.
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Ramada Encore Hotel Doha
Located at Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Thani Street (Al-Asmakh Area),
“A” Ring Road, Musheirib
, Doha, Qatar

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