Works Of Qatar Artists Adorn New Hotel
As told to Luciana Cunha Franca Pictures by Jessie Palanca
Local artistic talents photographer Khalid Al Muslmani and visual artist Fatma Abdullah Al Khalfani display their inspirational artwork on the interior of the recently opened Fraser Suites West Bay Hotel.
Fraser Suites West Bay has announced its partnership with renowned local artists to celebrate the rich history and culture of the host country, Qatar, throughout the hotel.
Merging contemporary Italian designs along with elements derived from local tradition, the property features the artwork of photographer Khalid Al Muslmani and visual artist Fatma Abdullah Al Khalfani. Their art merges elements of the local tradition along with contemporary designs.
Khalid Al Muslmani’s photographs of Qatar throughout its rich history grace the rooms and common spaces of the property. His passion for photography started in 1999 when he began documenting special moments with friends and family. His passion evolved to featuring the beauty of the traditional architecture of Qatar in an effort to document its progression.
The artist has already staged two exhibitions in Doha. The exhibitions attracted the attention of Nasser Al Rabban from Al Rabban Holding Company, the developers of the building, and Guus Bakker from Frasers Hospitality who manage the property. They came up with the fantastic idea of having Qatari art on their building’s walls.
I asked Khalid if he has a favorite picture. With pride and a smile on his face, he pointed at a picture of a souq.
When I asked about taking his art out of Qatar and showing the world, he says it hasn’t happened yet but should an opportunity arise it is something that he would appreciate.
Visual artist Fatma Abdullah Al Khalfani created a combination of contemporary calligraphy and wall graffiti artworks that are displayed at The Social restaurant. Fatma is an architect passionate about visual arts including contemporary calligraphy, painting, and pencil drawing.
Describing her source of inspiration, she says: “Discovering the world around you and within you is the utmost creativeness of all.”
Fatma added: “I am in love with Arabic art pieces whether writings, poems, paintings, sculptures, carvings, or calligraphy. I am trying to take those art pieces and embrace them within my selfeffacing artworks.”
Sushil Sharma, General Manager of Fraser Suites West Bay – Doha, commented: “Nestled in the heart of the capital of Qatar, Fraser Suites West Bay – Doha is proud to support local culture and heritage by featuring the artwork of eminent local talents.
“Our aim is to always provide our guests with an authentic experience that they can’t find anywhere else in the country.”
If you want to capture the feeling of being within an art gallery while enjoying five-star accommodations and service, we definitely recommend a visit to the new Fraser Suites West Bay and get to know more about this beautiful country’s culture and artists.