Al Nuwaat

Programmes that bring families together through creative activities and shared experiences. Past projects include: 

Makers Event - حِرَفي

Is a weekend-long series of workshops for children and their families, hosted at many cultural and educational institutions around Doha.

Each institution offers hands-on making activities for families centered on a common theme. The different workshop locations encourage families to explore new places, while the activities encourage children to explore new crafts and techniques, often alongside established artists and storytellers. The activities nurture family learning and active play.

We proudly partner with several cultural and educational institutions to host workshops for this event, in addition to our own QM galleries and museums.


Handa's Surprise - Puppet Theatre

In partnership with UK’s Little Angel Theatre and Qatar National Theatre in Doha, we brought the puppet play, Handa’s Surprise, to Qatar. Based on a book by Eileen Browne, the story of the play sent audiences on a journey to Handa’s African world in Kenya, touching on themes such as friendship and travel, while inspiring creativity.

The tale was brought to life by two multi-talented performers and an Arabic speaking actor. School and family visitors enjoyed puppet making activities, explored giant book panels of the story and attended an exhibition by London’s Little Angel Theatre. 

The play was absolutely great. Our kids were very enthusiastic about it!
A parent

What's In the Sand?

Is an original, fictional story written and illustrated by two talented young Qatari women, author Shaikha Alzeyara and illustrator Mai Al Kubaisi.

The publication was launched during the Doha International Book Fair in January 2015. School children and local families were able to meet the author, Shaikha Al-Zeyara, who read the story to audiences and shared her writing experiences. The book’s illustrator, Mai Al-Kubaisi, shared her ideas and talent in a family workshop, where children had the chance to create their own ending to the story and share their ideas on a community storyboard.  

QM Family Programmes seek to nurture emerging talent and we are delighted to present this uniquely local book, which was authored and illustrated by two young Qatari women.
H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani , QM Chairperson

*What’s in the Sand? Is available for purchase at Museum of Islamic Art and Zubarah

A mother has an important role in igniting her child’s imagination, creativity & love of reading. This story shows how she can encourage her children by joining in their play. Reading to my children is a much loved time of our day & strengthens our bond.
H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa, QM Chairperson

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