‘Qatari Style’ is a compilation of various interior spaces showcasing the warmth of Middle Eastern hospitality resonating with the sound of the local culture. Selected interiors celebrate the personal and local dispositions reflected in the spaces, but also the breadth of foreign influences on the local culture.
The press conference and book launch saw Ibrahim M. Jaidah speaking to the audience about the inspiration behind the book. At the end of the event, the author also signed special copies for the attendees.
As advocates of knowledge sharing for sustainable development, Msheireb Museums supports initiatives and efforts that enrich cultural dialogue by shedding light on the past to understand the present and make the future a better place for all.
Dr Hafiz Ali, Msheireb Museums Director, said: “We are very happy to host the launch of this artistic book and are proud to be a platform that gives a voice to established and emerging Qatari talent. Ibrahim M. Jaidah is a notable figure in the field of architecture, and this compilation of his thoughts on elements and designs that speak of Middle Eastern hospitality with distinct Qatari traits, are concepts that we have been keen on reflecting here in Msheireb Downtown Doha.”
Ibrahim M. Jaidah, author of the book and Group CEO of the Arab Engineering Bureau, said: “This is the first ever book that provides insights into unique Qatari places. Qatar is a small peninsula in the Arabian Gulf, but it was also a crossroad to many trading and migration routes, resulting in the development of the distinctive local style. Rich in colour and detail, Qatari style is rarely minimal and noteworthy for its depiction and fusion of various influences. I am inspired by my national identity that is constantly recalling the past to honor its modern development.”
Qatari Style, by Ibrahim M. Jaidah, is available for purchase online and various book shops internationally. Locally, the book is sold at Sogha, the souvenir shop at Msheireb Museums.
Photos by: Geraldine Menezes