#QATARILITMONTH: Qatar Paralympians

https://www.paralympic.org/qatar Athletes with disabilities can play almost any sport with the support of adaptive equipment. The Paralympic Games were founded in 1948 and have grown into a major international event, held in the same year as the Olympics. At the most recent Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 4,342 athletes representing 159 nationalities competed … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Qatar Paralympians

#QATARILITMONTH:The Writing Station at Qatar National Library

Establishing A Creative Writing And Storytelling Community Of Practice At Qatar National Library A Book at Qatar National Library “To be one of the world's preeminent centers of learning, research and culture; a guardian of the region’s heritage; and an institution that promotes imagination, discovery and the nourishment of the human spirit.” That is the … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH:The Writing Station at Qatar National Library

#QATARILITMONTH: The National Museum of Qatar

What Makes Qatar A Large Museum The National Museum of Qatar. By Danica O. Kus https://www.arc-magazine.com/national-museum-of-qatar-qatar/ Qatar is a small country in terms of land space of 11,627 km2 with a population of 2,326,464, but the services and cultural institutes are bigger than its land. With more than 25 museums and cultural institutes such as, … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: The National Museum of Qatar

#QATARILITMONTH: Dar Al-Kutub Al Qatariyya’s legacy to cherish

Dar Al-Kutub Al Qatariyya Dar Al-Kutub Building in 2019 Dar Al-Kutub Al Qatariyya was first founded as a public library and it started its journey of Dar Al-Kutub through the Ministry of Education on December 29, 1962. The Ministry at that time decided to merge the two existing libraries – the Public library and Al … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Dar Al-Kutub Al Qatariyya’s legacy to cherish

#QATARILITMONTH: MOSQUES OF QATAR-PART TWO

Mosques of Qatar: Beyond Places of Worship Abdullah Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Cultural Center (Fanar) The Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center is also known as “Fanar” or Qatar Islamic Culture Center. This landmark is a cultural organization in Doha, located close to the Corniche and easily seen by its spiral minaret. Moreover, … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: MOSQUES OF QATAR-PART TWO

#QATARILITMONTH: The Heritage Library at Qatar National Library

Treasures of the Arabic and Islamic Worlds at Qatar National Library The Heritage Library’s location at the heart of Qatar National Library reflects its important role as the guardian of the nation’s history and heritage. The extensive collection of heritage and historical materials traces scientific, artistic, social and economic development throughout the Arab and Islamic worlds. It also highlights the … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: The Heritage Library at Qatar National Library

#QATARILITMONTH:Souk Waqif

Souk Waqif: Once Upon a Time Maher Atter- Photographer  Mohamed Ali Abdullah- Text and Drawings  Souk Waqif: Where past and present reside side-by-side  A walk through the labyrinth-like passageways of Souk Waqif in Doha, Qatar tantalizes all of your senses.  Careening through the passageways at each turn there is a new smell.  The pungent smell of the fresh spices, the … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH:Souk Waqif

The Booktrekker: Kuwait

READ My book selection for Kuwait was Motorbikes and Camels, by Nejoud Al-Yagout. This is the author’s debut novel, and I thought the format was particularly interesting. The book consists of stories about thirteen different people, all of whose lives are intertwined with the lives of one or more other people in the book. While the plot … Continue reading The Booktrekker: Kuwait

The Booktrekker: Japan

READ One thing I’m enjoying about this reading-the-world project is that it’s nudging me to read international authors I’ve always heard about, but have never read. In the case of Japan, I finally read a book by bestselling author Haruki Murakami – Norwegian Wood, translated by Jay Rubin. As the novel opens, 37-year-old Toru Watanabe is … Continue reading The Booktrekker: Japan

The Booktrekker: India

READ I’ve read a lot of books for this blog that I haven’t particularly enjoyed. So when I find one that really speaks to me, it’s an especially pleasant surprise. My selection for India, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, by Arundhati Roy, is just such a book. It has so many layers and covers such a vast … Continue reading The Booktrekker: India