The gem of the cultural village, the Katara Amphitheatre is a crafted balance between the classical Greek theatre concept and the everlasting Islamic features.
The gem of the cultural village, the Katara Amphitheatre is a crafted balance between the classical Greek theatre concept and the everlasting Islamic features. It stands firm in the heart of Katara, under the clear blue sky, overlooking the radiant blue sea.
Completed in the year 2008, this 3,275 sqm landmark, pays tribute to the great tradition of the unique architectural style associated with amphitheatres and is set to host some of the most spectacular world-class events in Doha.
Katara Amphitheatre was officially opened on 11 December 2011 with a spectacular concert especially created by legendary Vangelis and featuring world-renowned stars like Angela Gheorghiou, Roberto Alagna and Jeremy Irons.
The seating capacity of the theatre is 5,000 persons.
Inspired by the traditional building architecture of Doha, the main stage of the indoor Drama Theatre triggers the feeling of open air experience.
Inspired by the traditional building architecture of Doha, the main stage of the indoor Drama Theatre triggers the feeling of open air experience. It is designed to host a wide range of events and film screenings. With an independent entrance and annex hall, this theatre is suitable for hosting receptions and functions before and after the performances.
The seating capacity of the Drama Theatre is 430 people.
The Opera House
The Katara Opera House has rapidly transformed itself to become a preferred hub for some of the world’s leading artists and musicians. Its uniquely sophisticated architectural model blends modern architecture and traditional Islamic design and boasts a seating capacity of 550 guests. The Opera House has areas to host guests in the royal terrace, and halls for executive and VIP individuals in attendance.
Halls & Galleries
Katara houses numerous halls and galleries that host various conferences, seminars
Katara houses numerous halls and galleries that host various conferences, seminars, symposiums and exhibitions. Through frequent art exhibitions of established and emerging artists from around the Gulf region and the world, Katara reaches out to a wide range of art lovers in Qatar and abroad.
Trees of all colors, shades and continents surrounding Katara
Visitors of Katara are surprised and fascinated by its large green spaces extended along the unique architectural edifice, within the exquisite geometric system which features the aesthetic design and the different components, one of the attraction elements that allure Guests of (Katara) to enjoy and live moments of great contentment and relaxing.
The total area of the Gardens is (32,700 square meters), formed with a group of carefully designed plants, trees and lawns in a fantastic geometric shapes and styles that reflect The diversity of ornamental plants and trees which hits (225) tree brought from different countries and continents to grow in Qatar, in harmony with the main Idea to make (Katara) a shady oasis for cultures confluence and blending of civilizations, and a spacious yard opened to the world thought, celebrating art, creativity and talent.
Sensation of comfort and originality
Leafy trees spread along the courtyards of Katara, throughout its streets and alleys, to bestow elegance and glamorous on the attractiveness of the place and its charm, as the granite stone flooring offer a sense of originality and legacy, which is an important adding to one of the main elements of architectural design beauty of Katara.
All traditional style buildings of the Cultural Village encircled with watercourse and roses and decorative plants of different shapes and colors, enabling visitors of Katara to feel a sense of wellbeing and relaxation, as these beautiful and harmonious paintings symbolize natural images that delight viewers amongst the flowers, trees and plants, in a renewed vital custom, where the diverse elements of beauty overlap between water, greenery and captivating shape, emphasizing the value of the extraordinary artistic and creative chef-d’oeuvre.
Katara’s gardens comprise various seasonal types of plants and flowers, welcoming visitors with its fragrances, in addition to a large numbers of old, fast-growing and evergreen trees in different shapes and sizes, which have a tremendous capacity to adapt to local environmental conditions, representing gorgeous tapestry of rich colors that entertain the public of art, culture and creativity.
You will find the robust (Washington) palm of American origin, with a distinctive shape and palm, and leaves dangling in the form of great filaments, giving a wonderful aesthetic dimensions, in addition to the tropical (Bwansiana) tree with its beautiful red flowers and shadows, which looks like a tent covering large areas, and considered as one of the most important flowering trees, transportable and planted to compensate the lack of flowers during the summer.
As the visitor will also find the huge and very beautiful (Bombax) tree which characterized by its colored and large flowers, an considered as one of the most decorative trees growing up rapidly to large sizes in record time, which endures harsh environmental factors, can be found in Southeast Asia and Australia, in addition to the (Leucaena) tree described as the strange plant that implanted in many countries starting from Mexico, Cuba and America, all the way to the Philippines, Indonesia, India and Thailand, and can resist to humidity pressure, as well as the high Summit (Albizia) tree with light pink color flowers.
Gardens of spectacular beauty
The Arab origin (Sidra) tree, one of the magnificent beauty and majesty, with its stretched shadow, branched stumps, dense leaves, white small flowers and tender cherry fruit, that captivate Katara visitors, in addition to the (Samr) tree that grows in Qatar which is forms natural umbrellas, and the (acacia) tree surrounded by butterflies and the birds using it as shelter, as well as the (Rowan) tree with its yellow flowers and odorous perfume, and the lasting African (acacia) tree that reaches a height of 15 meters, the (Cassia Fistula) tree with its beautiful yellow flowers dangling as clusters of gold, and the shady (Rain) tree (up to 30m) with its strong trunks and long branches, it was named rain trees because the dew drops on the leaves falling like rain.
The Golden Masjid
The Golden Masjid was garnished with extremely small golden chips, and it represents Ottoman style.
Katara offers, in masjids, several religious programs and a series of religious lectures delivered by a group of prominent and esteemed religious scholars. Katara also organizes advanced courses in Quran memorization that are widely attended by a considerable number of children from different age groups. Such courses bear significance because they instill the virtuous values and the good manners of the Holy Quran.
The Masjid of Katara
The decorations of the Masjid of Katara were designed by a team of restoration specialists from Dolma Palace in Istanbul. The mosque features an outer surface garnished with turquoise and purple mosaic, and a wonderful interior design that adds even more glamour. The interior and exterior architectural designs, together with the minaret, the dome, and the prayer niche (mihrab) are all inspired by several famous mosques found in various cities and capitals of the Muslim world. In addition to these notable aspects, the masjid abounds with artistic handicrafts, such as ornaments, inscriptions, and mosaic tiles.
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