Experts: A leap in the Qatari Islamic architecture

25 May, 2021

A number of specialists in Islamic architecture confirmed that Qatar occupies an important space in the architectural arena in its Islamic atmosphere, due to the great cultural awakening, which returned something important from our heritage to our mosques. They considered this one of the many reasons for Qatar’s entitlement to be the cultural capital in the Islamic world 2021.

Al-Raya newspaper, met with some experts who reviewed the treasures of Islamic civilization in Qatar. The experts explained the Qatari folk heritage, which created a kind of awakening in the entire Gulf, even extended to many regions, as they indicated the mixing of originality of Qatari heritage and the art of Islamic civilization in many of the mosque designs in Qatar.

Engineer Muhammad Ali Abdullah focused on the Islamic authenticity of mosques in Qatar and restoring them to the shape they had been in since the era of the first Muslims. He said that nearly 20 years ago, there was no clear plan for what mosques should be. And after the state of Qatar witnessed great migrations to it that led to the multiplication of the population several times, the human resources were no longer sufficient to meet the demand, from builders and architects, which necessitated the use of external engineering expertise.

He pointed out that a major cultural awakening took place in Qatar, which brought back something important of our Islamic heritage to our mosques, and there was interest in reviewing mosque designs, and the state’s intention was clear to have its lighthouses modeled on the Qatari mosques in villages, especially those that did not disappear in the north of Qatar. This was a golden opportunity to correct what happened to the most important building in Qatari architecture.

Engineer Ahmed Al-Nasr from his part affirmed that the art of Islamic architecture is one of the most accurate and wonderful expressions of the Islamic civilization and the scientific renaissance that the Islamic nation has been in, and although Muslims have been influenced by other civilizations, they have spared no effort to preserve the Islamic identity to form their own character and unique form.

Regarding Qatar’s contributions to that, he said that Qatar deserves to be the capital of Islamic culture. He added that the Museum of Islamic Art is more than a beacon of Islamic heritage, as it has external surfaces designed in the form of ancient Islamic palaces.

He pointed out that Qatar has adopted the architecture of Islamic art as a basis for designing many government facilities in addition to museums and mosques to preserve the identity and the art of Islamic architecture.

Al-Nasr said that Qatar has taken upon itself to preserve the features of the design of Islamic heritage mixed with modern design, as the mosques are witnessing a renaissance and a large and unique construction boom at the level of the region.

Eng. Ahmed Jassim Al-Jolo, former president of the Federation of Arab Engineers, explained that Islamic architecture is one of the most famous building styles in the world because it is distinguished by the beauty of its decoration, the beauty of its colors and its geometric shapes.

He indicated that Qatar is witnessing a qualitative leap in the design and implementation of mosques dominated by the traditional architectural character inspired by the architecture of Islamic mosques, which It is represented in the Mosque of Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab, which is distinguished by its large capacity, many domes and its design inspired by local architecture, as well as the Great Mosque of Katara, which is distinguished by its Islamic calligraphy, inscriptions and bright colors, and many other mosques spread in the country.

From his part, the engineer Muhammad Hassan Al-Nuaimi, believes that the State of Qatar has paid great attention in recent decades to the arts of Islamic architecture, which made it deserve to be the capital of Islamic culture.

He added that the Qatar Vision 2030 was one of the most important factors affecting the design of buildings and mosques, which aims to preserve the heritage and Islamic identity, as the originality of the Qatari heritage and the art of Islamic civilization were mixed in many of the mosque designs that we see today, such as the Mushaireb Mosque, which was characterized by Islamic engineering designs mixed with Qatari heritage.