Heritage
  • Qatari heritage, handed down from generation to generation, has always been an integral part of the Arab Islamic heritage of the Arabian Peninsula.

    It encompasses the features of the social fabric and the cultural peculiarity of the Arab man who has lived on this land and dealt with it and its environment in a give-and-take manner until his heritage has become a true reflection of the people's lives and their adherence to their milieu.

    Heritage
  • Although most handicrafts and traditional industries have disappeared, some managed to survive, thanks to the support rendered by the government.
  • Traditional Handicrafts
  • Shipbuilding
  • This industry existed for centuries in Qatar and the Gulf region, but almost disappeared following the discovery of oil in the early decades of the twentieth century.

    It used to rely on materials imported from India, such as teak and pine wood that resist humidity, certain types of cotton wicks, nails and oil extracted from dolphins to be used as water insulator.

  • The carpentry tools used in shipbuilding were traditional too, like Al-Mejdah (the drill), the adz and the saw. The ship-builder was called Al-Gallaf.
  • There used to be different types of ships and each type had a different name such as Al-Bateel, Al-Mashuh and Al-Jalboot.
  • Today there is only one shipbuilding workshop in Qatar, the Emiri Shipbuilding Workshop.
  • Al Sadu (warp industry)
  • Alsadu is a general term describing the traditional craft of hand spinning and weaving. It is still practiced in the Bedouin desert communities, as it is closely associated with the availability of raw materials such as sheep wool, camel and goat hair and cotton.

    The Sadu is exclusively a female activity. The same ancient tools are still in use: the spindle, the loom and Al-minshazah. Sadu products include tents, and other accessories used in Bedouin communities such as Al-Katea, Al-Odul, As-sakayef and sacs.

    Heritage
  • Goldsmithing
  • Heritage
    Qatari heritage, handed down from generation to generation, has always been an integral part of the Arab Islamic heritage of the Arabian Peninsula. It encompasses the features of the social fabric and the cultural peculiarity of the Arab man, who has lived on this land and dealt with it and its environment in a give-and-take manner until his heritage has become a true reflection of the people's lives and their adherence to their milieu. Among these handicrafts: Goldsmithery and trading in jewellery and precious
  • stones. There are families whose names have long been associated with these crafts, mainly those who were able to invent and design new models.
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