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PHOTOS: Qatar’s history on show at new Mal Lawal exhibit

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All photos by Navin Sam

The second edition of Qatar’s Mal Lawal exhibit has opened this month at the Doha Exhibition Center in Dafna/West Bay, where residents are invited to take a peek into the country’s past.

Mal Lawal means “from the old days” in Qatari dialect, and the new display includes rare collections from 100 Qatari and 42 regional private collectors depicting the past, present and future of Qatar.

"Father Emir" Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani as a child.
“Father Emir” Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani as a child.

In a statement, Qatar Museums said that new elements have been added to the exhibition to attract more visitors:

“Four Majilis settings will give visitors an intimate glimpse into the heart of a traditional Qatari home. Specially created live video links will deliver a virtual experience of eight ‘home museums’ and their private collections of unparalleled quality. More than 100 ‘oral histories’ captured in mini-films will document and celebrate the memories and observations of venerable Qatari elders.”

There will also be a food court and cafes serving Qatari dishes, and a children’s area.

First edition of Mal Lawal
First edition of Mal Lawal

The first edition opened in 2012, and highlights there included a large collection of rare manuscripts donated by the Father Emir, including the Qu’ran, scientific works and novels; a collection of historic photographs; and a display of everyday objects including clothes, lamps, beds and children’s furniture, giving a unique insight into Qatari life in the 20th century.

The Mal Lawal exhibition is open to all through Feb. 28, 2015. Hours are from 9am to 9pm each day, except for Thursday (9am to 10pm) and Fridays (3pm to 10pm). It is closed on Tuesdays.

Do you plan to check it out? Thoughts?

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MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

That’s pretty cool and I’ll defintley be paying a visit. Thanks for publicising this as it not always easy to find out about the good things going on.

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Maybe u mind is addicted to qdc that u completely forgot to find about the good things going on

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

I’ve got bacon on my mind….., ribs in my soul…..

Observant One
Observant One
6 years ago

Will single male labourers be allowed in?

Altaf
Altaf
6 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

Will anyone really willing to watch ! Don’t divert story to your business.

Altaf
Altaf
6 years ago

Mind your business, psycho.

Bornrich
Bornrich
6 years ago

Absolutely fascinating and cleverly curated. I really love the winding alleyways – a surprise around every corner. Well worth a visit.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Bornrich

ok u made me want to go 😮

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago

thanks for sharing! I love to visit exhibitions like this. By Doha Exhibition center in Dafna/West Bay do you still mean the one that is quite close to Katara?

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  fullmoon07

Yep, that’s the one!

Nawaf
Nawaf
6 years ago

Unfortunately history is being lost at a very fast rate here in Qatar.

najeeb
najeeb
6 years ago

Please do visit my gallery too. I am participating in the exhibition showcasing my collection of responses received from world leaders..

You will enjoy the exhibition…

Najeeb Nasiruddin

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