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Published by Sindhu Nair
Qatar's culture hot spot, Katara
Qatar's culture hot spot, Katara

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katara
theCiy’sCulurefixbySindhuNair 
hecobbledentrancewaylinedwithbronze-tingedlamp-postandthecurledalleywaysleadingtoQataristyledbuildings,allhaveadistinctArabicavouraboutit.YetKatara–whichliterallymeansancientQatar–promisesaglobalculturalexperience.Katara’scoastisdottedwithrestaurantsoeringavoursfromaroundtheworld:TurkishSukarPasha,SaronLoungeoeringIndiancuisine,EgyptiancafeandsheeshabarKhanFaroukTarabCafe,andofcourse,thewildlypopularKarak&Chapattiwhichismorecentrallylocated.Thereareotheravorstosavor,butthat’snotwhatthe‘global’touchisabout...foodisonlyapartofit.TherecentlyconcludedkitefestivalsawvibrantcolorsfromtheFarEastandSouthEastAsiadottingtheskiesoverKatara,theMarineFestivalbeforethatsawtheseafaringwaysofseveralnations.Theculturalvillageaspirestoprovideaplatformforavarietyofevents.Today,theappealofKataraisitscarefulplannedandexecutedrusticity.However,thatmaysoonbeosetwhenthethirdphasecomesintobeing.Thisphasewouldbeacommercialplazahousing
Greek ambiance
The entrance to the amphitheatre inside Katara
Brass basics
The
 
beautyis in the detailing.
Beauty in drama
Thepathway to thetheatre.
 
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high-endboutiquesandcommercialspace.MalikaMohammedAl-Shraim,theManagerPRwhotakesusaroundKatara,saystheaimofthecommercialspaceistocreateanatmosphereakintotheChamps-Elysees.“ThedesignforthiscommercialavenuewillfollowEuropeanarchitectureandwillbeawindowtothatculture.Phase4willhavearound234villasandwillhostartist,painters,poetsanddancerswithinKatara.Theywilleitherstayhereonashort-termbasisorforalongerperiodandwillinteractwiththepeopleandconductworkshops.Thenalizationandcompletionofthesephaseswillmakethisameetingpointforallcultures.” WhatKatara–thebrainchildofSheikhJassimbinHamadbinKhalifaAl-Thani,theocialrepresentativeofHHtheEmir–hasinmindwillsurelybeaculturalreawakeningfortheregionandthiswillinturnmaketourismabitmorelucrativethanitisnow.ButaChampsElyseesinDoha?IwouldrathershopinsouqsandreservetheChampsElyseesexperienceforaParisvisit.ButIholdfurtheropiniontillIseetheproduct.TAKINGSHAPEIfonerecallsthesiteasthevillagewastakingshape,thelayoutseemedhaphazardbutslowlythepatternemerges.Thecentreoftheformationistheamphitheatre,whichMalikacallsthe“heart”ofKatara.Theotherbuildingsseemtobranchoutfromthiscentreandarearrangedgeometricallybehinditonbothsides.Butthispatternbecomesirrelevantasonemovesaround,withthebuildingsplacedaroundthestreetindierentanglesandprogressions.Simplicityinplanningbutextremecomplexitytotheeyeaddstotheavorofthestreet-stylecalledalfreejinArabic.Theheartofthecomplex,theamphitheatredoesnothavemuchQatarifeaturesbutitsGothicstyleofarchitectureexaggeratesthealreadylargestructuretomammothproportions.Ioniccolumnsstandmajesticallytallbearingtheloadofthehighroofandlongspansmakeitaninterestingstructure.TheonlyQatarielementinthisstructurecouldwellbetheceilingwhichiswovenbamboowiththeaimtocoolthebuilding.Thecentrestagecanbeviewedfroma360degreeseatingarrangementwiththequadrantfacingtheoceanleftopenthusprovidingbeautifulviewsoftheshorelineandthebuildingsbeyond.Theamphitheatrecanaccommodateupto5000people.Otherthanthishugeamphitheatre,Kataraisalsohometotwotheatres:theOperaHouseandtheDramatheatre.TheOperaTheatrecanseatupto550andisdoneupinrichredvelvetytoneswhiletheDramatheatrethatcanhouse450enthusiastsisdistinctlydramaticwithanightglowsetup.ThisaccesstoperformancespacemadeKataraanidealvenueforthe2010DohaTribecaFilmFestival.MAGICALMOSQUESThetwomosqueswithinKataraarebothdesignedbyZeynep
Friday fervor 
The Friday mosque inblue-green mosaic tiles with thepigeon-house adjacent to it.
 Arabic Flavor 
Woven bambooroofs and the playof space
Basic beauty 
The exterior isunpolished,off-whitecolored, mattfinish typical ofQatari walls,unadornedbarring the fewwoodenwindows anddoors. Frescosare but a slightrelief.
 
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Fadillioglu,aTurkishdesignerwhohasthedistinctionofthebeingtheonlyfemaledesignerofmosques.TheGoldenmosqueandtheFridaymosquearespecatacularconstructionswithdistinctOttomandetailing.Accordingtothearchitect,Zeynep,“Textureandcolorcraftsmanshiphavebeenasimportantasforminthedesigningprocess.Eachandeveryitemhasbeencraftedbyspecialistartists.Themainentrancedoorishammeredoutofbrass.Theentrancecorridorhascalligraphicpanelscarvedintomarble.”ShebreaksdownthedesignprocessofFridaymosque:TheMihrabfacingusshowstheorientationtoMeccaandisthemainfocalpoint.Thefreestandingcirclesymbolizingtheuniversecarriesacalligraphicscriptinleather.Thescriptis“Allahmüfetth’ül-ebvah”.Itisankedbybrasscastpanelsthatlooklikedoors.Thecolumnsholdingthedomesaredecoratedinleatherandornamentedintezhip(ligreeworkingold),handcarvedinbrass.”“TheartisticworksontheceilingaredonebyrestorersfromDolmabahaePalaceinIstanbul.Thetilesinturquoiseandmauveareengravedwiththenamesof“Allah”and“Muhammed”.TheMimbar(pulpitwheretheImamstandstodeliversermons)ishandcraftedwithbeadsoverabrassembossedleatherbase.”Thegoldenmosqueshimmersinthesunlight,withthegiltofgoldmesmerizingthevisitor.TheGoldMosqueislikeajewelboxoutof24-caratgoldmosaic.Thewoodendoorisof“Kündekari”woodworkinoldOttomanstyle.Attheentrance,brasslinesareinsetinthemarble,likeinIslamicdesigns.Insidethemosque,theMihrab,“doortoMecca”isanexampleofnecraftsmanshipcarvedinbrass,ankedbyIslamicdesigns.“Calligraphicscriptsareinlayedinmarbleinsidethismosque.Thewomen’ssectionisseparatedwithametalmeshcurtaininIslamicpattern,”saysZeynep.Butmypersonalfavoritebuildingisthepigeonhouseordovehousestructure.Anelongatedcone-likestructurewithholesalongitscircumferenceandtimbershootsbindingthestructure.
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Thegolden templehas intricatedetails inKundekariwoodwork
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Thank you Jacob. It is indeed a great cultural experience. I love the mood that places like Souq Waqif and Katara evokes...
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That was a great read Madam, and yes, thanks for giving me a reason to visit this place again (This weekend!). And be sure, this time I am going to spend some time touching and feeling the fine inlay work and the beautifully hammered brass doors.
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Later that night, my FB status read “Katara is better than Corniche and Souq Waqif put together”. That experience was fantastic, but little did I realize and register the minute detailing and the hard work that has gone through into building this awesome place until I read this article by Sindu.
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Couple of weeks ago we were at the Katara and although we hated the rate chart for their beach facilities, we were all amazed by the built environment in general. The kids had a gala time running around the vast promenade as they munched on to the sweet potatoes from a traditional kiosk, as my wife, who is a non practicing Architect, sat there singing accolades on the way the space is designed.
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