Arts and Culture

Sat 08 Mar 2014 Source: HUKOOMI

Qatar's arts and culture has a lot in common with its Bedouin neighbors across the Arabian Peninsula. Qatar's longstanding relations and cultural exchange with countries in Africa and the Indian subcontinent have also influenced its folklore and popular art.The recent and current influx of expatriates from around the world is also having an effect on Qatar's cultural landscape.

The recent openings of the Museum of Islamic Art, Katara Cultural Village and Mathaf Arab Modern Art Museum mark the beginning of Qatar's transition into a regional cultural hub. Doha was chosen in 2010 to be the Arab Capital of Culture by the Arab League under UNESCO's Cultural Capitals Program.