Qatar Museums (QM) announced the return of ‘Marchitecture’ – a nationwide cultural showcase this March, which gives Culture Pass members exclusive access to some of Qatar’s iconic buildings and cultural sites. The annual month-long event will offer the public insight into the evolution of the country’s architecture, from historic sites to modern marvels.

The ‘Marchitecture’ initiative has been specially designed to give members of the QM Culture Pass programme exclusive access to cultural experiences in a wide variety of locations. More than 20 events have been organised for Culture Pass members to enjoy. Many private and public sector organisations have pledged their support for the programme.

Tours and Talks

‘Marchitecture’ will give participants access to some of the most unique buildings in Qatar, enjoy talks by renowned architects and take part in private tours. Culture Pass members will also have the option to see and tour many iconic sites and building such as the Al Zubarah Heritage; the new Msheireb development and its museums; the SC Pavillion; the Fire Station; the Minaretein Building (Education City Mosque), the ‘2015’ Building (Qatar Foundation Headquarters) and the Qatar National Library at Education City; the Museum of Islamic Art; Burj Doha; and Qatar University. Making an inaugural appearance in ‘Marchitecture’ tours are Q Post, Sheraton Hotel Doha and Freiha Village.

Aside from the building tours, a series of public talks are also planned for the month of March:

  • The Past, Present, Future of Al Zubarah
  • Transformation of National Museum of Qatar

‘Marchitecture’ has become a testament to our ongoing commitment to enhancing and enriching the lives of all those who live in and visit the country, says Qatar Museums Acting CEO Ahmad Al Namla. It has become an excellent example of the types of initiatives Qatar Museums develops for all those who live in and visit Qatar.

Sheikha Nouf Mubarak Saif Al Thani, Head of Partnerships at Qatar Museums, said that Marchitecture has been one of their most successful initiatives last year, well received by audiences who wished to explore the rich architectural offerings in the country.

Local artist Bouthayna Al Muftah, who has become famous for archiving collective memories through ink drawings, is a key programme collaborator and helped develop the visual identity for this year’s ‘Marchitecture’ promotions.

As a nod to the National Museum of Qatar’s landmark opening on 28 March, the final tour of the ‘Marchitecture’ month will be devoted to the new museum. Culture Pass members will be able to sign up for a private tour of the museum which will be led by its architect Jean Nouvel, and members of the NMoQ team who have brought the vision of the desert rose to life.

Another new and unique tour added to this year’s programme is a chance to tour Freiha, a small abandoned town situated in a shallow bay on the north western coast of the Qatar peninsula in Al Shamal municipality. The village dates back from the early 18th to the mid-19th century and features a fort with high defensive walls and corner towers and the remains of a traditional Qatari mosque.

Full details of the programme are available at New Culture Pass members can pick up their Culture Pass cards at the MIA gift shop to get access to the Marchitecture experience.