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Discover FANAR - Qatar Islamic Cultural Centre

Islamic faith, Qatari culture, Doha society.



One of the most widely known landmarks in Doha, the spiral-shaped Fanar building is centrally located near Souq Waqif and the Museum of Islamic Art.  It can be seen from a distance, especially in the evenings when its lighting accentuates the unique design of this beautifully unique piece of architecture. Fanar was once the largest mosque in the country.

How to get there?

  • Fanar is located in the Corniche area near Souq Waqif.

While it remains a functioning mosque, Fanar also hosts religious, education-related and social activities. At the cultural centre visitors can enjoy traditional coffee and learn about the Qatari lifestyle, the country’s heritage and culture.  

Highlights of your visit

  • Islamic teachings

  • Guided tour

  • Friday prayers in English

The Fanar Centre is named after Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Centre, a scholar and founder of Qatar’s judicial system. Sheikh Abdulla’s many achievements, including his position as Supreme Court Judge in Qatar, are celebrated with this naming. However, it is commonly known as Fanar or sometimes the spiral mosque.

It hosts a variety of activities including classes, exhibitions and tours. Non-Muslim visitors can attend Friday prayers conducted in English. Staff are more than willing to explain mosque etiquette and courses in the Islamic faith as well in Arabic are available.

Useful information


Doha, Qatar

Opening times

Tuesday 7:15AM–1:15PM

Wednesday 7:15AM–1:15PM

Thursday 7:15AM–1:15PM

Friday Closed

Saturday Closed

Sunday 7:15AM–1:15PM

Monday 7:15AM–1:15PM

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