Cultural Village Foundation, Katara is an exceptional project of hope for human interaction brought about by an exchange of art and culture. It is an endeavor that has been made possible by the inspired vision, strong faith, and wise leadership of HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir of the State of Qatar.
Keeping pace with the emerging global culture which emphasizes the importance of diversity in human development, Katara is the largest and the most multidimensional cultural project of Qatar. It is the place where people come together to experience the various cultures of the world. With beautiful theatres, concert halls, exhibition galleries, and cutting-edge facilities, Katara aims to become a world leader in multi-cultural activities.
In line with the goals set forward by the Qatar National Vision 2030, Katara serves to uphold the heritage and traditions of Qatar. It endeavors to increase awareness of the significance of various cultures and ethnicities. Thus, a huge number of international, regional, and local festivals, workshops, performances, and exhibitions are hosted at Katara every year.
The Idea of Katara
Katara was born out of a long-held vision to position the State of Qatar as a cultural beacon, a lighthouse of art radiating in the Middle East through various forms of culture, such as theatre, literature, music, visual art, conventions, and exhibitions.
The theme of the village is “Beyond Boundaries” and it is envisioned to offer a glimpse of the future. It shall be a world where people from diverse cultural backgrounds cut across their national boundaries to embrace common causes, to promote a united humanity.
Katara is where the grace of the past meets the splendor of the future.
Prof. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti
General Manager of Katara & Chairman of KIAHF committee
Under the patronage of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Than, Cultural Village Foundation Katara, presents the Katara International Arabian Horse Festival (KIAHF) from 2-6 February. As a global cultural beacon, Katara is honored to hold the first edition of this significant event. KIAHF undoubtedly underscores Qatar’s rich equine heritage and its great passion for horses. Purebred Arabians are among the oldest breeds known and Qatar is home to some of the most magnificent Arabian horses on the planet. They include world-famous Arabians like Marwan Al Shaqab, Hariri Al Shaqab, and Ghazal Al Shaqab. These highly cherished horses enjoy worldwide recognition and accolades and have won numerous international awards and championships. They have also sired celebrated progenies that have earned global standing.
Katara endeavors to gracefully present Qatar’s ancient past on a modern platform; KIAHF is a step in this direction. It is held in partnership with Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club and Qatar Equestrian Federation. The highlight of the festival is the Title Show which will showcase some of the finest Arabians from around the globe. KIAHF will be one of the most prestigious and federative events of its kind. The festival will include various related equestrian activities.