Culture sniffing in Doha

Art is not tucked away in a corner. Art gets the space. Old ceramics in the brand new building of the Islamic Art Museum. Or new paintings in the old souk.

Culture sniffing in Doha

 

Cultural contrasts

A modern version of the ancient fortress. This is what the Islamic Art Museum looks like from the outside. The modern complex, built on an artificial islet in the saltwater of the Gulf seems impenetrable. But once you're inside, you'll be rewarded. An endless amount of Islamic art stretches. Textiles, ceramics, jewelry. The antique art objects are a great contrast to the state-of-the-art building where they have been housed since 2008.

Cultural contrasts between old and new can be found all over the city. Hip art galleries have found their place in Souq Waqif,where merchants have been displaying their merchandise for centuries.   Qatar's cultural heritage is presented at Doha's Heritage Village during urban festivals featuring music, regional cuisine and ancient crafts. Opt for modern Doha at a fashion show. Or dive back in time with a workshop in which you can explain how to make a traditional dhow, a wooden sailboat, seaworthy again.

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