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Fanar - Qatar Islamic Cultural Center

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Address: Abdullah Bin Jassim Street, Doha, Qatar
Phone Number: +974 4425 0250
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7:30 am - 1:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 7:30 am - 1:30 pm
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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A place to visit when you have a lot of time to spare and want to relax away from the city.

Another must see on a visit to Doha. Set in a large park, at one end of the cornice, it overlooks the sea and is a venue for monthly markets and the annual fabulous Food Festival... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 21, 2015
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Doha, Qatar
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62 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Fanar Institute, in my humble opinion, is often overlooked by many of Doha's visitors. As someone who took Arabic lessons here, Fanar is the the cultural hub of Qatar. It serves as a learning facility, hosts coffee mornings with the local women (which is very welcoming for expats who have a curiosity in learning about the cultural norms and... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would rate this as another or the best Cultural Center to study and understand the traditional Islamic culture. Located in the Corniche area and have ample space for parking.

Thank Vinu C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

very unique swirl building. i have visited the place and it has a small museum inside where there is a historical thing and much more religious information. Once you come inside, they will lecture you about Islam. Very interesting.

Thank Sara H
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

While visiting Doha's Old Center, this awesome building - just like a lighthouse - will certainly catch your attention! The "Fanar Qatar Islamic Cultural Center", with its Islamic inspired architecture and ornaments, is already a landmark at Doha's skyline! At evenings, the scenic lighting enchants tourists and residents. The Center offers exhibitions, tours of its premisses, visit to Mosques (including... More 

Thank LuizDutraNeto
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

I was fascinated by the Samara-style minaret and decided I had to make a trip inside to see what this place was all about. Sadly, the inside is not very interesting and certainly not worth the time. I was surprised that for a cultural center, there was no one even on hand to at least try to offer tourists more... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Another must see on a visit to Doha. Set in a large park, at one end of the cornice, it overlooks the sea and is a venue for monthly markets and the annual fabulous Food Festival! The park is also home to a large exhibition centre that exhibits art from around the world, even a full Damian Hurst exhibition. At... More 

London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

A handsome building from the outside...but nothing to see inside. There is a tired hall with a bunch of posters...and that's it! Don't bother going!

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Doha, Qatar
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

The minaret can be seen from a lot of places in Doha. It is like a beacon. However there is no need to go inside as there is nothing to see!

Thank PuckPasha
Doha, Qatar
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

The Center is actually a landmark of the area. When people see the minaret, they immediately remember the Souq Waqif. Architecture is charming and attract the visitors. But inside, I did not enjoy the exhibits much because they were not well exhibited and prepared. Climbing the minaret has been already banned long time ago. It is a charming visit especially... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

You should visit Islamic Culture Centre (Fanar) when you have time. Deserve the visit. Good courses about Islam, Arabic literature and good staff to deal with, distribute books, booklets and others.

Thank Abu_Firas_11

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