Curtains go up for Katara’s Ramadan Festival
May 26 2017 09:19 PM
Illuminations shaped like minarets and lanterns
Illuminations shaped like minarets and lanterns

Doha

The Cultural Village Foundation - Katara will organise 200 events, including 168 lectures during the holy month of Ramadan at Katara’s Ramadan Festival held under the theme ‘Hospitality in various Muslim nations’

Katara has been adorned with light decorations, as part of the festivities that got underway on Thursday. The chairman of the Ramadan festival committee, Khalid Ibrahim al-Sayed, said the main objective is to promote and enhance the Arab and Islamic culture so as to support the activities of the cultural and religious sector in Qatar.

Throughout the festival, cultural and fine-art tents will be set up at Katara’s Southern area. Physical fitness has been given a priority in this edition of the festival. Katara’s beach front will come alive with beach volleyball and football matches in the evenings. A new addition to the festival will be traditional games, divided into two categories; brain-teasers and fun games. In addition there will be the FIFA 2017 PlayStation championship, for males aged 10 and above.

The Iftar Cannon is installed at Katara’s southern area and fired daily at Maghrib prayer. In addition, two characters, the Mesaharati and the story teller, will be roaming around Katara’s premises to entertain the public. Every Friday, Katara will bring back the popular treasure hunt contest at Katara’s premises and Meerat Ramadan.

Other events include seminars, educational programmes and Islamic and cultural lectures and organised in co-operation with Raf Foundation, Qatar Charity, and the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs.

Another event is the Holy Quran memorisation competitions. The event is held for children to encourage and promote spirituality and strengthen the religious values. Katara’s mosque will host Tarawih prayer followed by Islamic gatherings and lessons each day.

Meanwhile, the ongoing Meerat Ramadan market which is scheduled to last until June 29, being held at Katara’s southern area, is an essential event at Katara’s Ramadan Festival this year. Meerat Ramadan has become increasingly popular with the visitors as it offers provisions from renowned food and beverage suppliers in Qatar.

The produce and food items on offer are priced in a way that enables Katara’s visitors to meet their grocery requirements at a low cost, during Ramadan. The market also offers a wide array of dates, fresh produce and cupboard staples.



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