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Traditionnal Qatari architecture
The renovation and reconstruction of the historic centre – Al Wakrah Souq or Al Wakrah Heritage Village – is one of the most important projects in the recent development of Al Wakrah, south of Doha. Built from 2007 and inaugurated in December 2014, the area behind the beach includes more than 100 artisanal shops, a coastal promenade lined with restaurants and several mosques. One of them, the Abu Manaratain Mosque, dates from 1940. Its single 32.8 feet (10 metres) high minaret has a square base and a cylindrical shape. Renovated in 2004, the building is one of the most remarkable mosques in the country. The architecture of the shops in the souq follows that of traditional Qatari houses, with gypsum walls, large wooden doors and lanterns. The roofs are flat and the ceilings made of woven palm leaves.
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