Qatar’s culture and heritage has formed the bedrock of its modern society, its social warmth provides the foundation for the country’s bottomless hospitality, and its music and handicrafts are the inspiration of modern artists and artisans.
The government, encouraged by HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani and HH Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, has embarked on a multifaceted approach to preserving the culture and heritage of the country.
The bustle and vitality of the old souqs has been recreated in Souq Waqif amidst buildings featuring traditional architecture. There you will find handicrafts on display as well as traditional foods, fabrics and art. Young Qataris are being encouraged to set up businesses promoting old crafts and traditions.
Qatar Foundation (QF), chaired by HH Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, promotes cultural richness and preservation of the country’s heritage. Libraries, magnificent collections of Arabic writings, calligraphy and art, are all being made available for research and public appreciation through QF, the Qatar Museums Authority, and the National Council for Culture, Heritage and the Arts.