If you are fascinated with traditions, theatre, art, and architecture, you should definitely visit the Katara Cultural Village. Also known as the Valley of Cultures, this village is an interesting place for everyone.
This cultural village was built on the retrieved eastern-coastal land between the pearl and west bay to the north of Doha. Later, it was soft-opened in the year 2010 on the occasion of the Doha Cultural Capital of the Arab World year.
The valley of cultures is developed to recreate the Qatari culture using a traditional architecture that includes many distinct activities. The estimated cost of this project is approximately US $82 million,, including the heritage centers, opera house, libraries, an amphitheater, art galleries, and various other academic facilities. Besides, it also has cafes, museum facilities, business establishments, green areas, and information centers.
The Katara complex is constructed by combining the oriental architectural and retro-romantic style and is quite different from other charming new cultural buildings of the city. A dream of HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, the facilities and buildings at Katara were intentionally built randomly for the purpose of achieving the feel and look of a customary Qatari Al Fereej.
Apart from being a forum for scholars and artists, the main aim of Katara is to acknowledge and promote cultural awareness in Qatar as well as to increase the artistic energies through the administration of its various organizations, societies, and facilities.
It is primarily built to represent the Qatari traditional architecture. Due to its extraordinary design, this place serves as a proper environment for cultural, creative intellectuals, and artistic activities for carnivals, social events, symposiums, exhibitions, concerts, and all types of artistic expressions.
How to visit the Katara Cultural Village?
This place is located at the north of Doha in the West Bay area, to the north of Doha. There are two entrances to enter this place—
- An entrance gate, opposite to the Doha Exhibition Center. This is free access.
- The other one is through Lusail Street which is about 400m before the next turn after the Exhibition Center.The latter has a big underground car parking area.
What the Katara Cultural Village is all about
The Katara Project is divided into distinct regions and the visitors can freely stroll around the main Katara area which is built in the traditional Qatari alleyways style, called Al Fareej. The first part of this area comprises of 37 traditional-style buildings of different organizations and societies, including the Qatar Fine Arts Society, Qatari Society for Engineers, Visual Art Centre, Childhood Cultural Centre, Qatar Photographic Society, Qatar Music Academy, and Theatre Society. The main area of Katara also includes a handicraft souk, book market, a media center, several academic facilities, coffee shops, green areas, and information centers, and access to a private beach, which requires a certain fee.
The next area constitutes finest international restaurants offering an impressive taste of the delicious variety of culinary arts with original flavors of the Middle East and the most renowned cuisines of the world—Chacklate (Parisian) Saffron Lounge (Indian), Sukar Pasha ottoman lounge (Turkish), Khan Farouk tarab café (Egyptian) and making (Armenian). The third and fourth areas have villas, shopping mall and business establishments.
The Arts and Exhibitions of Katara Culture Village
There are greater things to see at the Katara Culture village, them being –
The Katara Amphitheatre is a beautiful place created with a fusion of Islamic features and Greek theatre concepts. It is 3275 sqm long and wide and it hosted some amazing events in Doha in 2008.
The Opera House
The Opera House is known fort of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. It has become the focal point of some great performers of the world. It offers a great cultural experience blended with Oriental and late Victorian architectural styles. It has been made using the 19th century Islamic conventional designs. It has a capacity for 550 people.
This drama theatre offers great cultural experience as well as the Islamic architecture of Doha. It gives the open air experience and has been created to host film screenings and wide range of events. It is suitable for hosting receptions and functions for top performers and can accommodate 430 people.
- Enjoyable Parisian cuisine
- Breakfasts start from 8am to 11am daily.
- For inquiries call: +974 4408 0733
- Address: Building 15, Katara Cultural Village, West Bay, Doha, Qatar
- Jazz music – from 7pm onwards
- For inquiries call: +974 4408 0750
- Address: Building 32 (Amphitheater) , Katara Cultural Village, West Bay, Doha, Qatar.
Named after the legendary volcano in Naples, le Vesuvio offers the taste of Italy with a French twist.
- Timings: Lunch -12pm-3pm, Coffee Break -3:30pm-6:30pm, Dinner-7pm-11 pm, Mon-Sat —closed Sun.
- Tel: +974 4408 1501 – Fax: +974 4408 1501
- Address: Building 20, Katara Cultural Village, West Bay, Doha, Qatar.
Khan Farouk Tarab Café – Egyptian
- Opening Hours: 12:00 -00:00
- Tel: +974 4408 0840 – 44
- Fax: +974 4408 0845
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tel: +974 4408 0808 / +974 4408 1234
- Fax: +974 4408 2010
- Website: www.saffronlounge.net
- Email: email@example.com
Sukar Pasha Ottoman Lounge
- Tel: +974 4408 2000
- Fax: +974 4408 2000
- Website: www.sukarpasha.qa
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Opening Hours: 12:30 – midnight (midnight for drinks, sweets and shisha)
- 06:30 – midnight (For food)
L’wzaar – Sea Food
- Opening Hours: Sun – Wed 12:00 – 15:00, 19:00 – 23:00
- Thurs – Sat 12:00 – 16:00, 19:00 – 00:00
- Tel: +974 4408 0710 / +974 4408 0711
- Fax: +974 4408 0722
- Website: www.lwzaar.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Address: Bldg.:02, Tel: +974 4408 0800
- Opening hours: 01:00 pm to 12:00 am
Operation timing: 09:30 AM till 5:00 PM.
Water sports ride ticket issuance will be closed at 4:00 PM.
Free entrance for kids below 6 years old
Entrance for adults 100 QR
Between 6 and 16 years old 50 QR
For membership information contact;
+974 4408 1017 or +974 7710 0151
For general inquiries:
Phone: +974 4408 0000 Fax: +974 4408 1000
To host your events at Katara:
Phone: +974 4408 0050/0978
Fax: +974 4408 1000