Katara Cultural Village is offering specially made wooden boxes to the public, free, as containers of drinking water for pigeons and other birds this summer. The initiative was launched this Holy Month of Ramadan, a time of kindness and mercy.
Many Qatari households use traditional methods to give water to birds, especially pigeons, which are essential part of the Qatari environment. For the first time, Katara is upholding this tradition and encouraging people to take care of living beings around them. Katara has prepared over 1,000 wooden boxes, which can be installed in open areas and terraces. It comes with a glass plate to fill water, and a plastic hose to collect water from a nearby tap. The hose also has an automatic system to stop pumping when the glass plate is filled with water. The wooden box is open from all sides, allowing birds to enter and sit on a piece of wood and quench their thirst.
According to Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, General Manager of Katara Cultural Village, the initiative aims to revive a Prophetic tradition that encourages believers to show mercy to all creatures. He said that they want to inculcate the love for nature and the environment among all members of society, especially among the younger generation.
The specially-designed wooden boxes are available for free, at Katara Building 15. A source from Katara said that there is a growing demand for the boxes, and that more than 300 pieces have already been distributed.
Qatar, with its parks, gardens and green areas, is home to a rich variety of birds and attracts a number of migratory birds every year.
Katara Cultural Village has given utmost importance to the environment and the preservation of green areas. A large number of pigeons and other birds have been spotted around its surroundings. The Pigeon Tower in Katara is one of the most photographed tourist attractions in Qatar.
For more information about Katara Cultural Village, visit their website at katara.net.