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Katara to Open Qatar’s First Planetarium in December

Katara South Plaza and Planetarium

Qatar will have its very own Planetarium inside Katara Cultural Village this December, another milestone for the ‘edutainment’ sector of the country and a sure-fire attraction for residents and enthusiasts looking for something different this part of the Gulf.

Dr Al Sulaiti Planetarium

The ‘Planetarium of the Astronomical Chandelier’, according to a tweet by Katara General Manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al Sulaiti.

The establishment of a Planetarium and an Observatory was part of an agreement signed between the Cultural Village Foundation (Katara) and Petroleum Development Oman Institute (PDO), which also included mutual cooperation, exchange of experiences, workshops and training between the two organisations in the field of astronomy.

With Qatar’s very own Planetarium and Observatory, Katara will be able to raise awareness about astronomy and spread knowledge about the wonders of space and the universe. 

The Planetarium, which will occupy 2,240 square metres, will have a seating capacity for 200 people. Four seats will be especially reserved for the ‘physically-challenged’ and another four for the elderly. It will feature a 22-metre screen, equipped with state-of-the-art digital projectors. A vast terrace overlooking the sea will serve as a platform for events and activities. 

For updates and more information about the Planetarium at Katara, visit

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