Qatar Museums is getting ready to launch a series of engaging and educational cultural activities at Al Zubarah UNESCO World Heritage Site, which will offer participants hands on experience with traditional practices. Al Zubarah is Qatar’s largest heritage site and is one of the best-preserved examples of an 18th century merchant town in the Gulf region, giving rise to the varied cultural workshops that will be open to the public.
Starting Friday 17 November and running for the next four months, the specially designed practical and artistic workshops will take place every Friday and Saturday. The aim of the workshops is to educate the local community about the traditional crafts and materials that played a significant role in the country’s history, which will help participants appreciate their ancestors’ skills, wisdom and heritage.
Al Zubarah is a historical coastal town, situated approximately 100 km north-west of Doha (Google Maps). Founded in the mid-18th century, the town developed into a centre of pearling and international trade and rose to become the country’s largest and most important settlement. In 2013 the World Heritage Committee inscribed Al Zubarah Archaeological Site into the UNESCO World Heritage List. Now it’s Qatar’s largest heritage site, with its impressive city wall, ancient residential palaces and houses, markets, industrial areas and mosques. It is managed, conserved and protected by Qatar Museums, under the leadership of its Chairperson, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.