Qatar believes that culture is one of the most effective ways to bring nations closer together and deepen understanding between countries. The State has succeeded in building a distinct artistic and cultural scene, which encourages intercultural understanding and embodies the spirit of the nation.

Qatar’s culture blends Arab tradition with modern global trends and developments. Qatar is home to some of the most significant collections of Arab art and historical artefacts in the world, while its streets and architecture reflect the country’s distinct cultural heritage.

Qatar Museums

Under the leadership of its Chairperson Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the State of Qatar seeks to realise the cultural goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030 through Qatar Museums (QM), which includes a group of culturally significant museums and sites.

Film in Qatar

Through a variety of programmes and initiatives, such as the Ajyal Film Festival, Qatar seeks to support the growth of its local film industry. The Qatar-based Doha Film Institute is the principal vehicle for growing Qatar’s film scene and is committed to inspiring talented individuals in their pursuit of creating and learning about great cinema.

Art in Qatar

Whether it be its world-leading museums or public art located around the country, Qatar is committed to furthering the development of its cultural and artistic landscape, while maintaining and celebrating historical traditions. To foster local creative talent, Qatar offers multiple artist residencies in the Doha Fire Station.

Qatar’s Cultural Offerings

The country’s renowned museums, including the National Museum of Qatar, the Museum of Islamic Art and the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, exhibit everything from traditional Islamic craft and historical objects to contemporary art and interactive exhibitions.

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Years of Culture

In 2012, the State of Qatar launched the ‘Years of Culture’ initiative, which is an annual international programme of cultural exchange, which aims to foster cultural connections between countries and their people. Several countries have previously participated in the Years of Culture, including Japan, the UK, Brazil, Turkey, China, Germany, Russia, India, France, and the US.