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Photoessay: Katara Cultural Village, Doha: a multifarious recreational centre

One of the most popular haunts in Doha is the multifaceted Katara Cultural Village.  An ode to the rich heritage of art, architecture and traditions of Qatar, Katara is located in North Doha.  Envisioned by HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, Katara celebrates the cultural spirit of the country.

The symbol of Katara Cultural village
The symbol of Katara Cultural village

Built in a unique architectural style, it is a forum for scholars and artists and is aimed at promoting Qatari culture.

A view of Katara Cultural village in Doha
A view of Katara Cultural village in Doha

The entire complex is a divided into several regions where visitors can take a stroll around and enjoy the sights.  The project has a massive amphitheatre, mosque, cultural centre, post office, music academy and theatre society.

Entrance to the amphitheatre in Katara
Entrance to the amphitheatre in Katara
A view of the amphitheatre in Katara Cultural Village
A view of the amphitheatre in Katara Cultural Village
A view of the mosque in Katara Cultural Village
A view of the mosque in Katara Cultural Village
Interiors of the mosque in Katara Cultural village
Interiors of the mosque in Katara Cultural village
The golden mosque in Katara Cultural village
The golden mosque in Katara Cultural village

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Post office in Katara Cultural village where there was an exhibition of stamps going on
Post office in Katara Cultural village where there was an exhibition of stamps going on

Katara offers a wonderful platform for artists, art enthusiasts and art lovers to showcase their work in the form of exhibitions, symposiums, events and carnivals.

Entrance to the Visual art center
Entrance to the Visual art center
Art stalls at Katara Cultural Village
Art stalls at Katara Cultural Village
An art exhibition in Katara Cultural village
An art exhibition in Katara Cultural village

The village is a great option to spend an entire day as it houses several restaurants, cafes, eateries as well as an impeccably maintained beach within.

Beach at Katara Cultural village
Beach at Katara Cultural village
Enjoy an authentic meal in Katara
Enjoy an authentic meal in Katara

What I personally loved about Katara were the aesthetics of its layout, design and green spaces.  It was such a pleasure walking in between the colourful patches of plants and flower beds!

Greenery and flowers in Katara Cultural Village
Greenery and flowers in Katara Cultural Village

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Green patches in Katara Cultural Village
Green patches in Katara Cultural Village
Minimalistic yet chic
Minimalistic yet chic

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The best time to visit Katara is during the late afternoons and evenings as you can enjoy the beach when the sun is not too harsh.  Buggy services are available for commute within the village.  For more information, check out their site here.

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