An array of cultural activities will mark Eid al-Adha celebrations at the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani (FBQ) Museum from Friday to Monday, it was announced.
FBQ Museum in Qatar, known as one of the country’s most fascinating heritage centres, will feature a variety of entertaining and educational programmes that are suitable for all age groups.
Activities include special tours on Indian objects, Qatari heritage, Persian objects and a specific tour on one of the unique pieces of the museum – the double-sided carpet.
The museum has a grand variety of unique Persian objects ranging from textiles, carpets, tiles to ceramic and porcelains.
Visitors can learn the art of identifying an object as Persian and discovering the different aspects of Persian signs, symbols and techniques.
The four-day event will also offer a specific tour of the unique double-sided carpet from Kerman, Iran from 1323 AH/1905 AD, woven by Ghola Hussain Qaleyee.
Besides the story of Karbala, visitors can explore the characteristics of each side, along with Persian signs and symbols on the carpet.
Furthermore, Persian poems and Arabic verses inscribed on the carpet will be recited and translated to English.
People who want to enrich knowledge about Qatar’s history can avail the hour-long tour to the museum’s Qatar Heritage collection.
In this section, visitors will have the opportunity to experience the country’s history through items such as dhows, pearl diving equipment, and models of other objects, which are important to the country's heritage.
Another fascinating section at the museum is the display of a large collection of Indian treasures. Here, visitors will appreciate the interesting collection of ancient Indian weapons, arts and artefacts.
The museum also features a photo studio equipped with a Qatari Majlis setting and traditional clothes for visitors to dress up and get their photo taken as a lasting memory.
Children aged between 6 and 12 years can create their own individual souvenir during the daily ‘Carpet Collage Workshop.’ It will brief children about the different parts of carpet manufacturing before making their own carpet by shaping and colouring pieces of recycled materials.
Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim al-Thani, one of Qatar’s prominent entrepreneurs and regarded as a key player in promoting the heritage and culture of Qatar, pioneered the establishment of this heritage venue to revive public interest and appreciation of local culture.
Today, the museum showcases the beauty of Qatar’s past and the Islamic world to visitors from all over the world.
A desert fortress with stone turrets and arched wooden doors, the museum’s 15 halls hold a large diversified collection of unique and extraordinary artefacts from over four continents. This personal collection contains pieces from the Jurassic age through to the early Islamic period and up to the present day, across four themes: Islamic art, Qatari heritage, vehicles, and coins and currency.
The museum is open from 2pm to 7pm on September 1; from 10am to 6pm on September 2; from 9am to 4pm on September 3, and from 9am to 4.30pm on September 4.