The Fanar Mosque

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The Fanar Mosque, the spiral mosque of the Kassem Darwish Fakhroo Islamic Centre, is located in downtown Doha, in the Souqs area (Close to Souq Waqif) and a stone throw from the Corniche Street. This building was constructed following the Great Mosque of Al-Mutawwakil in Samarra of Iraq, which was damaged in 2005, and thus it is not a traditional Qatari mosque.

The spiral minaret dominating the old city is enlightened at night. If anyone watches the night view of the spiral tower, then he is sure to remember it forever. It simply dazzles.


The Fanar Mosque has become one of Doha's most famous landmarks.


Opening Hours – Visits

Fanar Center is open from 7.30am to 10pm. However, the welcome desk is only open from 7.30am to 1.30pm and from 4pm to 10pm. Visits can be arranged at the Qatar Islamic Cultural Center.


Qatar Islamic Cultural Center - FANAR

The Qatar Mosque is a part of a large building - The Qatar Islamic Cultural Center aiming at explaining Islam to non Muslim foreigners. In addition to the mosque it also includes a department store and a cultural center with permanent exhibition detailing the basics of Islam. Guided visits - tours - of the mosque can be arranged there.

(Nada Hamouche)