DOHA, Qatar — All eyes are on this tiny Gulf nation because the soccer-obsessed start descending this month on the eight stadiums for the FIFA World Cup, but Qatar’s emergence as a significant player in arts and culture make it one of the vital vibrant places to explore, either between games for the about 1.5 million people expected to go to over the approaching weeks or for the thousands and thousands of tourists Qatar hopes to lure after the stadiums are emptied.
With two of probably the most distinguished museums within the Middle East, the National Museum of Qatar and the Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar has dominated the cultural headlines concerning the Gulf region, competing mostly with Abu Dhabi, where the Louvre opened in 2017 and the long-delayed Guggenheim is scheduled to open in 2025.
However the smaller arts scene in and around Doha, including the Richard Serra-designed monoliths within the desert outside town, have attracted tourists to this country long before the World Cup.
Along with its position as a cultural destination, Qatar also offers boundless sunshine, overnight outings within the desert under a cover of stars, beaches (nevertheless undeveloped and rocky) on three sides of its teardrop shaped peninsula and dozens of luxury resorts that rival its neighbors Dubai and Abu Dhabi in excess and elegance.
But for now, Qatar is all concerning the festivities, the culture, the weather because the infamous heat abates and a sigh of relief as years of preparation are about to be unveiled to the world.
A Temporary Guide to the 2022 World Cup
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What’s the World Cup? The quadrennial event pits the very best national soccer teams against one another for the title of world champion. Here’s a primer to the 2022 men’s tournament:
Where is it being held? This yr’s host is Qatar, which in 2010 beat the USA and Japan to win the best to carry the tournament. Whether that was an honest competition stays in dispute.
When is it? The tournament will open on Nov. 20, when Qatar plays Ecuador. Over the 2 weeks that follow, 4 games shall be played on most days. The tournament ends with the ultimate on Dec. 18. Here’s the complete match schedule.
What number of teams are competing? Thirty-two. Qatar qualified robotically because the host, and after years of matches, the opposite 31 teams earned the best to return and play. Meet the teams here.
How does the tournament work? The 32 teams are divided into eight groups of 4. Within the opening stage, each team plays all the opposite teams in its group once. The highest two finishers in each group advance to the round of 16. After that, the World Cup is a straight knockout tournament.
How can I watch the World Cup within the U.S.? The tournament shall be broadcast on Fox and FS1 in English, and on Telemundo in Spanish. You may livestream it on Peacock, or on streaming services that carry Fox and FS1.
When will the games happen? Qatar is five hours ahead of London, eight hours ahead of Recent York and 11 hours ahead of Los Angeles. Meaning there shall be predawn kickoffs on the East Coast of the USA for some games, and midafternoon starts for 10 p.m. games in Qatar.
Got more questions? We’ve got more answers here.
“World of Football”
3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum
Through April 1
This exhibition charts the origins of soccer (or football to thousands and thousands of worldwide fans) and the origins of the FIFA World Cup. Like a football match, the exhibition shall be presented in two halves. “Football for All, All for Football” examines the worldwide appeal of football. “The Road to Doha” starts with the primary FIFA World Cup in Uruguay in 1930 and ends with this yr’s match. Footballs, shoes, scarves, tickets, posters and other objects shall be on display, including the jersey worn by the Argentine player Diego Maradona, described by many players as the best player of all time.
“Baghdad: Eye’s Delight”
Museum of Islamic Art
Through Feb. 25
The museum’s first exhibition since reopening in October after a significant overhaul, “Baghdad: Eye’s Delight” charts town’s heritage from the Abbasid caliphs from the seventh to twelfth centuries to today. Objects are on loan from 22 institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Recent York. It’s the form of exhibit that reflects the museum’s global ambitions after a significant refurbishment that took 18 months. Originally opened in 2008 and designed by I.M. Pei, the 376,740-square-foot museum sits on a man-made island off the foremost Doha waterfront. The minimalism of the museum’s original presentation has been rethought for the digital age.
“Monsoon Wedding, the Musical”
Abdul Aziz Nasser Theatre, Souq Waqif
The film director Mira Nair directs a musical version of her 2001 Indian film of the identical name before it moves to St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn next yr. The Indian composer Vishal Bhardwaj wrote the music, with songs from the film by the Academy Award-winning composer Mychael Danna, and orchestrations are by Jamshied Sharifi, the Tony Award-winning orchestrator of “The Band’s Visit.” The musical began on the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2017 and played in Delhi in 2019. This can be a reimagined version of those productions, in line with production notes.
Festival in Motion
Starting Dec. 5
A celebration of dance, music art and architecture that draw inspiration from the general public spaces and heritage sites of Qatar. One venue shall be Serra’s “East-West/West-East,” an installation of 4 monoliths within the desert outside Doha. The festival pairs international and native artists to create site-specific works in contemporary spaces and heritage sites. Some 55 performances over 14 days and 10 locations will mix art, architecture, music and dance. Benjamin Millepied, former director of dance on the Paris Opera Ballet, will co-curate the event with the composer Nico Muhly.
Mathaf: The Arab Museum of Modern Art
Through January and February
This far-less-flashy but still impressive museum is tucked away on a side street behind one in all the stadiums, but makes its own little bit of noise by highlighting a few of crucial contemporary artists within the Middle East and beyond. Three exhibitions, along with the everlasting collection, highlight that approach: “Majaz: Contemporary Art Qatar” features work by 36 artists from an artist in residence program from 2015 to 2021. Each bit acts as a metaphor (or majaz) for the artist’s journey (through Feb. 25); “Sophia Al-Maria: Invisible Labors Daydream Therapy” is the Qatari artist’s first large-scale exhibition within the Middle East (through Jan. 21); “Taysir Batniji: No Condition Is Everlasting,” a reflective exhibition of the artist and his meditations on his heritage (he was born in Gaza in 1966) through drawing, photography and video installations (through Jan. 21).
“Tales of a Connected World”
QM Gallery Al Riwaq
This interactive exhibition focuses on the Lusail Museum (designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, construction begins early next yr), and its planned collection of 247 objects, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, rare texts and applied arts. “Tales of a Connected World” is an immersive digital journey that walks visitors through the trade routes across the Indian Ocean and historic events that connect Qatar to the world and history, including the Battle of Al Wajbah in 1893 between Qatari and Ottoman forces, but additionally more far-flung places like Jerusalem and Tenth-century Córdoba.
Every day festivities
The Doha Corniche, a waterfront area and foremost road, shall be became a world street carnival with food booths, a Bedouin village, live shows and a day by day “Welcome to Qatar” water and pyrotechnic show (every half-hour from 3 to five:30 p.m.) featuring recorded music from the Qatar 2022 official soundtrack, the Qatari composer Wael Binali’s music and the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.
M7 creative hub
Through April 1
The brand new M7 has been transformed right into a dreamlike Rome with “Endlessly Valentino” with palazzos, squares and courtyards displaying greater than 200 high fashion pieces and prêt-à-porter outfits by Valentino Garavani (in honor of his ninetieth birthday this yr) and his successor, Pierpaolo Piccioli. It includes rarely seen ensembles designed for such names as Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Onassis.
“Labour of Love: Embroidering Palestinian History”
QM Gallery Katara
Through Jan. 28
This exhibition will give viewers a glimpse into the history of tatreez embroidery and its historical importance and transformation over the centuries. The exhibition is a component of Qatar Creates, a year-round cultural initiative celebrating Qatar and countries within the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia (the MENASA Yr of Culture 2022), intended to deepen the understanding between the cultures. “Labour of Love: Embroidering Palestinian History” will present greater than 70 dresses and accessories alongside photographs, posters, paintings, music and videos to explore how tatreez evolved from a straightforward practice to a national symbol for the Palestinians.
Three stages near the Ras Bu Fontas subway station
Through Dec. 19
The country’s first electronic musical festival on three stages will feature over 56 international and 40 regional artists. And the enormous 50-ton electronic spider from the Glastonbury Festival in England has been rented for the festival and will upstage even probably the most impressive football moment. Soccer fans won’t must worry about rain, nor will the electronic music fans underneath the menacing fire-breathing spider. Welcome to the brand new Qatar.