Katara Cultural Village, Qatar
Keeping pace with the emerging global culture that emphasizes the importance of diversity in human development, Katara Cultural Village is the largest and the most multidimensional cultural project of Qatar. It is a place where people come together to experience the cultures of the World. With beautiful theaters, concert halls, exhibition galleries, two mosques, and cutting-edge facilities, Katara aims to become a World leader for multi-cultural activities.
In line with the goals set forward by the Qatar National Vision 2030, Katara serves as a guardian to the heritage and traditions of Qatar and endeavors to spread awareness about the importance of every culture and civilization and as such, Katara hosts international, regional and local festivals, workshops, performances and exhibitions.
The cultural village was constructed on reclaimed coastal land on the eastern coast between the pearl and west bay to north of Doha and was soft-opened in 2010.
The project has been divided into four different regions and the visitors are free to stroll around the main Katara area which has been built in the style of the traditional Qatari alleyways called Al-Fereej.
The first region includes 37 traditional style buildings of various organizations and societies. This includes Qatar Fine Arts Society, Qatari Society for Engineers, Visual Art Centre, Childhood Cultural Centre, Qatar Photographic Society, Qatar Music Academy and Theatre Society. The main area also includes handicraft shop, book market, media center, academic facilities, coffee shops, green areas and information center, as well as access to a spacious, well-maintained public beach with water sports.
The second area features some of the finest international restaurants offering visitors a splendid taste of scrumptious diversity of culinary arts with original flavors of Middle East and the World's most renowned cuisines. Retail and residential buildings constitute the third and fourth regions with excellent views of villas, shopping mall and other business establishments.
Overlooking the radiant blue sea, The Katara Amphitheatre is an architectural beauty which was created as a fusion of the perpetual Islamic features and classical Greek theater concept. This 3275m2 landmark was officially opened on 11 December 2011 and the opening ceremony was highlighted by an amazing concert specially done by legendary Vangelis and featuring World-famous stars like Jeremy Irons, Angela Gheorghiou and Roberto Alagna. The amphitheater has a seating capacity 5000 persons and has hosted most popular events like open-air film viewings and pop concerts.
The Opera House
Home to the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, The Katara Opera House has rapidly become a lively focal point for some of the World's top performers. The Opera House offers a lavish cultural experience with a blend of Oriental and late Victorian architectural styles, resultant from European 19th century models and conventional Islamic design. The theater has a seating capacity of 550 people.
The drama theatre offers a luxurious cultural experience with a blend of the traditional Islamic architecture of Doha and contemporary designs. The indoor Drama Theatre main stage elicits the sensitivity of open air experience. The theatre is constructed in such a way to host film screenings and a wide range of events. Moreover, this theatre is suitable for hosting receptions and functions before and after the performances as it has a separate entrance and annex hall.