Amazing Qatar

Precious pearls and aromatic coffee, state-of-the-art architecture and social initiatives — the State of Qatar which is to host FIFA World Cup in 2022 impresses your imagination with its splendor and subtle ability to blend ancient traditions with forward-thinking mindset. Within the framework of the Year of Culture Qatar-Russia 2018, Artemy Lebedev and his team set off on a journey to Qatar to see it all with their own eyes. Meanwhile, we are sharing details of their journey with you at project blog.


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Day III. Doha: Innovation Center of Qatar, a pool for horses, a library with autoreturn

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, the expedition team went to explore Doha. «Our day starts with breakfast. It’s a normal thing to do – one clever man told me that the lack of breakfast is the main reason for gaining weight. And I have not gained a critical mass of observations to refute this statement so far», — believes Artemy Lebedev.

There are a lot of amazing things in Doha at every turn: for example, you can see a traditional oriental carpet made of tiles.

And new lampposts as well, resembling the horns of the Arabian Oryx — ornaments of the rich fauna of Qatar.

The first spot on the route was a visit to the Qatar Foundation (Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Social Development). «The building is simple only from outside. Inside it’s a completely crazy. Sometimes even scary. At first I thought it was the Japanese that had designed something here, but it turned out to be Rem Koolhaas», — noted Artemy.

Surprisely, the expedition members found out that they could come to Qatar, for example, to get a Carnegie Mellon University diploma. And in general, you can consider Doha for awesome education: www.qf.org.qa/enroll.

The next stop of the program – Emir’s famous stables. Our team looked at the racing horses there, assessed their grooming and studied how the special treadmill for the horses and other horse fitness work. «Today there was no race, but there were muffle furnaces and anvils. Masterclasses for village blacksmiths are taking place here – they are shown how to shoe a modern horse in the right way», – Artemy shares his impressions.

The last stop on the team’s journey this day was a visit to the luxurious national library of Qatar, in which members of the expedition were amazed by the rarest ancient books (for example, the incunabula of 1489), as well as the technical excellence of the halls.

«It was also built by Kolkhas. An excellent solution — to combine ventilation grates and steps. No need to fence the ventilation booths. There is also a cool system for automatically returning books to the right sector», — Lebedev said.

After that, the team went to the Oryx Rotana hotel to prepare for the upcoming visit to a traditional Qatari wedding.

The next post about QatarEthnoExpo – tomorrow!


Day IX. Msheireb Downtown

The Qatar EtHnoExp team went to see Msheireb Downtown – the new area of ​​Doha located opposite the old Souq-Waqif market.


Day II. Doha, new clothes, womb in section

Members of the expedition started their day at the old bazaar of Doha — Souq Waqif — where they bought national clothes.


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