Katara bustling with activities during Ramadan
May 27 2018 09:40 PM
A group of children and mascots pose in front of the Ramadan cannon at Katara.


Since the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, Katara Cultural Village has been attracting huge crowds, with diverse activities that make it the perfect venue to spend the Ramadan nights.
Ramadan events at Katara represent a mix of culture, art, religion, sport, entertainment, shopping and feasting that are distinct with a Qatari traditional touch. 
Firing of the traditional Ramadan cannon announces the time of Iftar at the Cultural Village everyday, in the presence joyous crowds gathered to witness a historic tradition being revived.
A man wearing traditional dress roams around the beaches and night markets at Katara, beating a drum to keep the crowds awake through the night. He is called Misahir in the local language. 
Ghabka in the car, the Ramadan drive-thru night market at Katara has become a big crowd puller, with about 40 stalls offering a wide range of takeaways, from coffee to burgers, sandwiches and pastries. A huge screen at the end of the market is adding colour to the festive mood. 

The Ramadan drive-thru night market at Katara.

Katara is a perfect venue to spend the Ramadan nights.

Katara has announced a photography competition based on Ghabka which will be open until June 6. The contestants are required to capture the best images from Ghabka and submit their entries by June 12.
The contest is open to Qataris and expatriates. The first prize winner will get QR10,000 while the second and third prizes are worth QR7,000 and QR 5,000, respectively. 
Meerat Ramadan, the Ramadan souq at Katara, offering diverse consumer products at affordable prices, has also been attracting large number of people since its opening two weeks before Ramadan.
The Katara Play Station Championship will be held at the venue from Ramadan 15 to 20, along with other games and entertainment activities for children and families.
Religious lectures by prominent scholars focusing on Ramadan and other related topics are taking place at the Katara mosque every day. 
With the onset of the holy month, Katara has started several religious competitions, such as the Katara Prize for Qur’an Recitation and the Qur’an Memorisation Contest for children. About 100 contestants from across the globe are competing for the five top positions of the Katara Prize for Qur’an Recitation while 50 children, including girls, are participating in the Qur’an Memorisation Contest. 
Preparations are underway at Katara to celebrate Garangao in a big way, with colourful activities for children and families on the 14th of Ramadan.
Coinciding with Ramadan, Katara has launched a rare initiative to give drinking water to pigeons and other birds during summer. For this purpose, Katara is distributing specially made wooden boxes to the public free of cost. There are many takers for the boxes which can be installed in open areas and terraces of buildings.
The Katara Beach Volleyball Championship is underway while Ramadan chess championship concluded on Saturday. 
A series of art and cultural workshops are also taking place as part of the Ramadan activities. A workshop on the Kufi script being used for writing the verses of the Holy Qur’an and another workshop on creative works began on Sunday. The first one will continue until June 12 while the second will conclude on June 6.
An exhibition of products made by Qatari households is open in Building 19 and in front of Building 15 until June 2.

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