So, where are you sending me this month, Time Out?
Before we tell you, try to keep an open mind. This might not be one of the most buzzing areas of the city (yet), but that isn’t to say it doesn’t already have a ton of awesome stuff to offer. What if we told you that you can gaze at international prize-nominated architecture, get in touch with your creative side, eat fantastic food and even see hit shows, all in this area?
I’d say sign me right up!
We thought so. Welcome to Education City.
But I thought Education City was just a bunch of universities!
You couldn’t be more wrong. But while we’re on the topic, not all university classes are just for students. If you have a bit of artistic flair, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar offers a whole range of exciting art classes for kids, teens and adults, including fashion illustration, film, graphic design and fine art.
What if I like art but don’t like being told what to do?
Rebel. Well, there’s plenty of artsy activities for you, too. Head over to the Arab Museum of Modern Art for some inspiration from some of the region’s most exceptional modern artists, or make a stop at Tribe Bookstore for everything from paint and glitter glue to pencils, watercolour paper and stamps. Not sure what to paint? Find a nice shady spot in the Ceremonial Court and sketch away (though, yes, you might have to wait a few months for that so you don't end up with sunstroke).
What’s the Ceremonial Court?
Just one of the spots in Education City to see exceptional architecture. Right over the road is Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, with its space-age buildings, and just next door is Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies which was short-listed for the Royal Institute of British Architects International Prize. Not to mention the stunning National Convention Centre...
The one that’s like a tree?
It’s a representation of a holy Islamic tree (Sidrat al-Muntaha). Plus, inside is a 2,300-seat theatre and nine exhibition halls that have hosted all sorts of shows and events.
Only at Education City
A café serving healthy and organic food with a menu that revolves around fresh vegetables produced on-site and at local farms. In fact, a vegetable cart at the restaurant entrance shows exactly what’s been harvested that day. Quench your thirst with mocktails and freshly squeezed juices that you can enjoy while looking out over the bucolic outdoor terrace and garden.
Al Shaqab Hotel (4409 5040).