Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti (left) with Sheikh Salman bin Jaber al-Thani discussing the activities of the upcoming Ramadan festival.
The Ramadan festival at Katara - the Culture Village will adopt “Astronomy and Qur’an” as the theme for all its activities and events this year.
In this connection, Katara general manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti has met prominent astronomer Sheikh Salman bin Jaber al-Thani at his office in Katara to discuss ways of co-operation to make the upcoming Ramadan festival a success.
Dr al-Sulaiti said last year’s Ramadan festival at Katara, which was based on the theme of Arabic calligraphy, was a great success and the challenge now is to come up with more distinguished activities for this year’s edition.
He pointed out that astronomy is a common theme in the Holy Qur’an and Katara will present its visitors with a number of highly entertaining activities during the holy month of Ramadan.
“We will focus on related activities and use boats for the first time in our activities. We will also organise a number of exhibitions on the meteors that have fallen in Qatar. Visitors will have the chance to see the tools used in differentiating between normal rocks and those of meteors. Besides, there will be a designated area for telescope amateurs,” said Dr al-Sulaiti.
Further, Katara will provide its visitors with interactive halls equipped with the necessary gadgets to introduce them to the world of space, he said. There will also be other halls for space sounds to enable visitors to hear the sounds of the sun, planets and stars with related documentaries. In addition, there will be a number of scientific and religious lectures with open forums on the interpretation of the Holy Qur’an and space sciences.
Meanwhile, Qatar Calendar House will take part in the scheduled festivities through an exhibition of old copies of the calendar, highlighting its development. It will also introduce the development of the Hijri calendar.
Children will enjoy specially designed activities to enhance their knowledge on issues related to the main theme of the festival throughout its duration.
“We promise our visitors a family-oriented Ramadan festival that will be a wonderful experience for all family members,” said the Katara general manager.