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Katara Cultural Village

Katara Cultural Village also named as the Valley of Cultures, is an interesting place to visit for everyone, especially for those fascinated in traditions, theatre, art and architecture.

katara cultural village

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 on the occasion of the Doha Cultural Capital of the Arab World year. The valley of cultures is conceptualized to replicate the Qatari culture through conventional architecture that contains lots of activities. This project is estimated to an approximate US $82 million includes heritage centers, opera house, libraries, an amphitheatre, art galleries and other academic facilities, not to mention cafes, museum facilities, other business establishments, green areas and information center.

The entire Katara complex is built in a fusion of oriental architectural and retro-romantic style, pretty differently from most of Doha’s charming new cultural buildings, elsewhere in the city. A dream long envisioned by HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, the facilities and buildings at Katara were deliberately constructed at random with the purpose of getting a look and feel like a customary Qatari Al Fereej. Other than being a forum for scholars and artistes, Katara aims in acknowledging and promoting cultural awareness in Qatar and raising the artistic energies through the administration of its different organizations, societies and facilities. Build to epitomize the Qatari traditional architecture; Katara's design makes it a proper environment for cultural, creative intellectual and artistic activities through carnivals, social events, symposiums, exhibitions, concerts and all kinds of artistic expressions.

How to get there?

Located to the north of Doha in the West Bay area, to the north of Doha
There are two entrances
A gated entrance opposite Doha Exhibition Center- access free
Lusail Street - about 400m before the next turn after Exhibition Center
Lusail street entrance has a big underground car park

A Peek into KataraCultural Village

The Katara Project has been divided into 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, call al fareej. The first of which include 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.

In addition, the main katara area also includes a handicraft souk, book market, a media center, several academic facilities, coffee shops, green areas and information centers, as well as access to a private beach. The Al Yazwa Public Beach unfortunately requires fee to access but it’s worth a visit.

The second area features 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. Chacklate (parisian) Saffron Lounge (indian), Sukar Pasha ottoman lounge (Turkish), Khan Farouk tarab café (Egyptian) and mamig (Armenian).

Retail and residential buildings constitute the third and fourth areas with excellent views of villas, shopping mall and other business establishments.

Arts & Exhibitions

The Amphitheatre

Overlooking the radiant blue sea, The Katara Amphitheatre is an architectural beauty and created as a fusion of the perpetual Islamic features and classical Greek theatre concept. This 3,275 sqm landmark was completed in the year 2008 to host some of the most fantastic world-class events in Doha and pays homage to the great tradition of the distinctive architectural patterns linked with amphitheatres.

The spectacular amphitheatre 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 amphitheatre has a seating capacity 5,000 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.

Drama Theatre

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.

The Drama Theatre can accommodate 430 people.

Restaurants

Chac’late

Enjoyable Parisian cuisine
Breakfasts start from 8am to 11am daily.
For inquiries call: +974 4408 0733
Address: Building 15, Katara Cultural Village, West Bay, Doha, Qatar

Cigar lounge

Visitors can unwind and spend quality time with friends having splendid light snacks and signature concoctions and enjoy captivating live music performance from doha Jazz band on weekends.
Jazz music - from 7pm onwards
For inquiries call: +974 4408 0750
Address: Building 32 (Amphitheater) , Katara Cultural Village, West Bay, Doha, Qatar.

Le Vesuvio

Named after the legendary volcano in Naples, le Vesuvio offers the taste of Italy with a French twist.
Timings: Lunch -12pm-3pm, Coffee Break -3:30pm-6:30pm, Dinner-7pm-11 pm, Mon-Sat ---closed Sun.
Tel: +974 4408 1501 – Fax: +974 4408 1501
Address: Building 20, Katara Cultural Village, West Bay, Doha, Qatar.

Khan Farouk Tarab Café – Egyptian

This restaurant is one of the most popular evening spots in Qatar and offers a variety of traditional Egyptian cuisine and sheesha accompanied by a live band performance.

Opening Hours: 12:00 -00:00
Tel: +974 4408 0840 – 44
Fax: +974 4408 0845
Email: khanfarouk@alayangroupqatar.com

Saffron Lounge

An Indian restaurant which delivers the spicy zest of the Indian dishes and also offers a variety of teas which combine traditional flavors with new, exciting tastes.

Tel: +974 4408 0808 / +974 4408 1234
Fax: +974 4408 2010
Website: www.saffronlounge.net
Email: reservations@saffronlounge.net

Sukar Pasha Ottoman Lounge

Sukar Pasha offers Delicious Turkish cuisine and an assortment of sheesha flavours

Tel: +974 4408 2000
Fax: +974 4408 2000
Website: www.sukarpasha.qa
Email: info@sukarpasha.qa
Opening Hours: 12:30 – midnight (midnight for drinks, sweets and shisha)
06:30 – midnight (For food)

L’wzaar – Sea Food

Customers can select the sea food in L’wzaar and served with a side dish of their choice. Appetizers and starters can be selected from the menu and served with several scrumptious sauces.

Opening Hours: Sun – Wed 12:00 – 15:00, 19:00 – 23:00
Thurs – Sat 12:00 – 16:00, 19:00 – 00:00
Tel: +974 4408 0710 / +974 4408 0711
Fax: +974 4408 0722
Website: www.lwzaar.com
Email: info@lwzaar.com

Mamig-Armenian

The best place to enjoy Armenian cuisine

Address: Bldg.:02, Tel: +974 4408 0800
Opening hours: 01:00 pm to 12:00 am

Katara Beach

Katara’s private beach is one of the most beautiful natural beaches of Qatar and covers nearly 2 km. Visitors and tourists have a choice of getting a peaceful beach experience and plunging into the excitement with several adrenaline-boosting beach activities. Children’s have a play area where they can spend time with a variety of activities, sports and rides as well as child friendly water games. The remarkable selection of sport activities include sailing, water skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, knee boarding, wakeboarding, boat rides, banana rides, fishing trips and hobbie cats.

Classes are also available in water skiing, sailing wakeboarding and windsurfing.

Operation timing: 09:30 AM till 5:00 PM.
Water sports ride ticket issuance will be closed at 4:00 PM.
Free entrance for kids below 6 years old
Entrance for adults 100 QR
Between 6 and 16 years old 50 QR
For membership information contact;
+974 4408 1017 or +974 7710 0151

Contact details

For general inquiries:
Phone: +974 4408 0000 Fax: +974 4408 1000
Email:info@katara.net
Website: http://www.katara.net
To host your events at Katara:
Phone: +974 4408 0050/0978
Fax: +974 4408 1000
Email: events@katara.net

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