By Kareem Sheta
The holy month of Ramadan is upon us! Across the world, people are in a state of both euphoria and slight panic. Each country prepares and celebrates for Ramadan in its own distinctive way. For example in Egypt, we know that parents are hurriedly buying their supplies by now in preparation for various mouthwatering delicacies and their younger children are adjusting their study plans and sleep patterns to balance between their exams and fasting. In Qatar, other measures are underway at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), the first museum of its kind to feature over 14 centuries of Islamic art in the Arab States of the Persian Gulf.
The first vital element in any household during the holy month is undoubtedly food. Bearing this in mind, the MIA has launched a “new culinary experience” for Qatari residents. This Ramadan the MIA Café and the IDAM Restaurant are featuring a selection of world-class dishes while enjoying the beauty of the Doha skyline. The café, designed by French architect Philippe Starck, invites you to unwind after a satisfying iftar with an assortment of homemade French specialties and authentic Arabic flavors. Meanwhile, IDAM, an award-winning restaurant by the Michelin starred Chef Alain Ducasse, presents a three-course Iftar menu, which includes rich Middle Eastern and Mediterranean mezze, exotic Moroccan soups, and lavish Iranian desserts. To quench your thirst, a selection of juices containing local flavors, spices, fresh chamomile, rosemary, and fruit will also be available.
The fun does not stop there ladies and gents. For the first two weeks of Ramadan, the museum will also be providing activities for the whole family to enjoy. For adults, the compacted agenda includes enticing lectures and poetry recitals led by an esteemed group of speakers comprising MIA Curators, QU and QFIS professors and members of Qatar institutions and communities. For families, the MIA Bazaar will be selling foods and handicrafts from over 100 different stalls until the stroke of midnight. Moreover, children can spend their time making Ramadan-themed crafts, listening to storytelling sessions at the library, and taking a memorable tour of the exquisite galleries.