Fanar - Qatar Islamic Cultural Center

Fanar - Qatar Islamic Cultural Center, Doha

Fanar - Qatar Islamic Cultural Center

Fanar - Qatar Islamic Cultural Center
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7:30 AM - 1:30 PM, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland21,121 contributions
Mar 2020
Staying at a hotel in Souq Wakif I regularly passed by this conspicuous building, especially attractive in the changing daylight. Besides the rows of square windows in different patterns the most eye-catching feature is the minaret, with its exterior spiraling staircase.

A design, which is known from the famous 9th century Great Mosque of Samarra, north of Baghdad, again probably inspired by the old Mesopotamian ziqqurat. It can also be seen at the Ibn Tulun Mosque in Cairo and at the four minarets of the new Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Mosque in the UAE's Al Ain.

Doha's Fanar, an old name, is a mosque, a library and a center for various religious activities, also for lessons in Arabic and Islam, open to non-Muslims as well. Its official name is now Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center, thus named after a Qatari scholar in law and supreme judge.
Written December 24, 2020
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Luna
Doha, Qatar6 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
Amazing place. I visit fancy with my friends and was an amazing place, so impressed by it and a very unique place
Written July 26, 2020
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Jerome B
Columbia, MD958 contributions
Feb 2020
One of a very small handful of minarets in the Muslim world with the stairs outside the tower - looks a lot like the Ibn Tulun Mosque in Cairo.
Written March 1, 2020
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Kerry-Lee
Doha, Qatar86 contributions
Dec 2019
I was honestly expecting more after reading a bunch of reviews. There was no one around to help or direct us anywhere. Being non-muslim it would have been cool to learn more about the culture. Other then the large wall murals with info on them, I didn't learn too much. It felt a bit intimidating, perhaps because we didn't know where we could or couldn't go (From what I understand we are not allowed in the mosque area) Perhaps we just went on a bad day and will have better luck next time. I would like to give it another try seeing as there are some great reviews on here.
Written February 5, 2020
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Kyle Ciulla
Beijing, China288 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
I walked in because i wanted to see if I could walk the stairs to the top. I spent two hours learning about the religion of Islam! Super informative people and really want to educate other on their religious practices. Fanatic group up people from the security guard, to the teachers. Thank you for all the material you gave me!
Written February 1, 2020
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Petr N.
13 contributions
Jan 2020
We weren't inside the building, but the light from the outside looks beautiful. I recommend to combine with an evening visit to Souq Waqif
Written January 23, 2020
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Sanjeev G
New Delhi, India235 contributions
Nov 2019
Fanar, as it is known is one of Doha’s famous landmarks you can see it on the Corniche of Doha, Center with a great mosque and rich library containing books with multiple languages on Islam and culture
It's very close to the Souq Waqif

Do try the tea and coffee, they are both superb. The coffee is milk, cardamom, water, and saffron.
Written January 11, 2020
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rasi's travelouge
Doha, Qatar33 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Fanar is located in heart of doha near souq waqif and doha corniche. Very attractive architecture design. One of the big masjid in the city.
Written December 19, 2019
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Germainevr
Pretoria, South Africa19 contributions
Oct 2019
The center staff are very friendly and helpful and eager to answer questions one may have about Islam. The information displayed and the brochures given are very helpful.
Written December 4, 2019
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SayedMostafaKamel
Doha, Qatar13 contributions
Oct 2019
Al-Fanar, as it is known is one of Doha’s famous landmarks you can see it on the Corniche of Doha especially in the evening if you are coming from the west bay area you can see the beautiful lights of the center and its spiral looking minaret, it’s also located in the walking distance across from my favorite place in Doha Souq Waqif. Al-Fanar is an Islamic Cultural Center opens Sunday-Thursday it offers religious and educational activities, tours to the culture center, you can also visit the mosque. On Friday at noon you can attend the Friday sermon in English, don’t worry before the prayer they will explain what you will expect during the speech and the prayer, the center is a very popular place for tourists, it also publishes religious studies and provides lessons in Arabic and Islam, and it also houses a nice library and a permanent exhibition about Islam and Islamic culture. The staff is very professional and friendly
Written October 31, 2019
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