An innovative interpretation of Qatar’s architectural heritage
July 09 2019 10:34 PM

Keerthana Kandaraja

Katara Cultural Village, also known as Valley of cultures, is a centre to explore traditions, theatre, art and architecture. It is open to everyone, located between the Pearl-Qatar and West Bay. 
It was opened in 2010, and conceptualised to replicate Qatari culture through conventional architecture. 
The facilities include heritage centres, opera house, libraries, amphitheatre, art galleries, academic facilities, cafes, restaurants, museum and outdoor greenery spaces. Katara is divided into different regions and the visitors can stroll around. 
The paths around the centres depict a feeling of narrow walkways and alleys, shaded by ribbons of cloth.
The amphitheatre overlooks the radiant blue sea. The Katara amphitheatre is an architectural beauty and created as a fusion of the Islamic design and classical Greek theatre concept. It has a seating capacity 5,000 persons.
There is a public beach that adorns the Katara as well. This is one of the most beautiful natural beaches of Qatar and covers nearly 2km. There are many adventurous beach activities, water sports and games for both children and adults. Sport activities include sailing, water skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, boat rides and banana rides. It is a place to enjoy at night time, for a stroll along the promenade, with its expansive views of Doha’s skyline, as well as a rich array of seaside food stalls and markets.
— Text by Keerthana Kandaraja, photos 
by Santhiya Kandaraja (@santhiya.09) 

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