Katara Cultural Village has announced a series of activities for its Ramadan festival, which will celebrate this year the relationship between the holy Quran and astronomy.

This year’s Katara Ramadan Festival will start on 3 July 2014 and continue until the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It will run until the end of the holy month, to followed by Eid Al Fitr.

A total of 25 different activities have been scheduled for this year’s Ramadan festival under the theme ‘Katara between Qur’an and Astronomy’. The activities will include several exhibitions, workshops, Islamic seminars and Islamic songs – all being organised under the theme in different buildings at Katara. General Manager of Katara, Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, said:

Since last year, we have been choosing a special name for the Ramadan festival that unites several activities. This year, we have chosen the theme Qur’an and Astronomy.’

According to Dr Al Sulaiti, the Quran and astronomy is a wide topic and that the holy Quran described astronomy in many verses. He also said the task of organising activities under theme of the ‘Quran and astronomy’ required a lot of research and effort.

Among the features of the festival is an exhibition of NASA spacesuits and photos of the outer space, an expo on Quran and astronomy and an interactive Katara Ramadan Wall. Another exhibition will present astrolabes created by Muslim scholars in the past and how they have been used in the study of stars and their travel routes on land and sea. There will also be expos on the solar system, galaxy, books on space, cosmic maps and space elements.

Music will be an essential element of the festival with concerts featuring Ramadan supplications. One of the main performers is Tunisian singer, composer and oud player Lotfi Boshnaq. Religious songs related to Quran and astronomy will also be presented along with Music of the Universe featuring Spanish musicians.

Visitors will be treated to a journey to the sea following the stars by experts in sailing and history and a travel aboard a spacecraft through a 3D film. Shadow theatre, family workshops to teach children how the universe had been discovered and planets and a fine art contest will also be held. Katara will make available a telescope for stargazing. For the third year, it will organise a Quran memorisation course for children aged eight to 12 in addition to religious and scientific lectures by guests from Arab countries.

Every Thursday and Friday, Katara will hold a contest in which people will try to find 10 hidden items. There will be two winners to receive QR5,000 each. On a daily basis, Katara will give away five coupons of restaurants at Katara for winners of a Twitter contest. In the middle of Ramadan season, Garangao, which saw 20,000 participants last year, will be organised. The popular beach football championship will also be held in which the winning team will get QR50,000, second place QR40,000 and third place QR20,000 in addition to medals. The best player, best goalkeeper and top scorer will receive QR5,000 each.

Katara will also host a Garangao celebration for the third year.

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Social Media Competition

Would you like to win five coupons for an exquisite iftar with your family in one of Katara’s restaurants?

All you have to do is answer their daily questions about Quran and astronomy on Katara’s social media channels – Twitter and Facebook.

Instructions

Wait for the daily question announcement at 6 pm on Katara’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

  • Answer the question. Once posted, the correct answers will be added to the draw.
  • Even if you chose to submit more than one answer, only the first answer will be taken in consideration.
  • If you are the lucky winner of five Iftar coupons, your name will be announced on the following day at 5:30 pm.
  • If you are not the lucky winner, stay tuned for the next question at 6 pm.

Collect your prize from 9 am to 2 pm from Sunday until Thursday at Katara Cultural Village, building 15, Ground floor.

Focal point: Wadih Constantine – 4408 0989

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For more information, visit Katara’s website.