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Ancient architecture restored in northeastern Qatar-Doha News

Restoration is part of Qatar’s vision of preserving national identity and traditional values.

The Qatar Museums (QM) Building Conservation Department has completed a project to restore a historic fortress called Arlekayat in the northeastern part of Qatar.

Al-Rekayat is one of the few fortresses renovated in the 1980s. The restoration process was carried out with the utmost care to ensure that the fort did not completely detach from its original structure.According to the original form of debris can still be seen in the courtyard QM..

Historical sources date back to the origin of the fort between the 17th and 19th centuries. Report.. The Arlekayat (Arabic “well”) fortress stands for the unique architecture found in the Qatar desert, as its build-up is traditional and embodies local character.

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Adel Abdullatif Al-Moslamani, Director of Cultural Heritage Conservation at QM, said: Fort Arlekayat is a breathtaking relic of Qatar’s rich history, and our ancestors have protected valuable water resources for nearby coastal villages. With respect to the 100-year-old building, our team worked carefully to preserve and strengthen the original fort, allowing us to carry on our past stories for decades to come. ” Added.

Following the first attempt to restore the fort in 1988, the historic site was damaged as a result of environmental damage to its infrastructure. QM’s vision of restoring and discovering ancient Qatar ruins follows global protection standards and restoration technology blueprints. QM’s restoration project uses “traditional and genuine building materials” to focus on “the main structural components of the building, such as plaster, floors, wooden ceiling installations, doors, pest treatment, etc.” rice field.

according to QM, The fort was built to protect the water sources in the area. “The presence of freshwater wells in the fort itself and scattered ruins in villages near the fort supports this assumption.” The fort also “in case of potential conflict between tribes” for the population of the adjacent area. It was a safe haven, QM added.

Source: asergeev.com

Cultural protection is an integral part of Qatar’s purpose of developing economic, human, social and environmental sectors. Revealing historic buildings and preserving traditional ruins further emphasizes the country’s distinctive Arab and Islamic values ​​and identities.

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According to the report, Fort Arlekayat “now stands as a permanent landmark of Qatar’s cultural identity, giving the next generation important insights into defensive architecture.”

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Qatar’s cultural development is also highlighted through QM’s plans to transform the country’s landscape into a large open-space “museum experience” in commemoration of Qatar, which hosted the FIFA World Cup 2022. Report..

From November last year, QM’s plan seeks to implement more than 40 new public artworks across Qatar until the Grand World Cup event in Qatar.

“Following our commitment to preserve, restore and expand the identity of the country’s ancient architecture, the Qatar Museums’ architectural conservation team has helped realize key aspects of Qatar’s National Vision 2030.” report OK.

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