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Posted on December 20, 2013

Thousands of visitors to the Corniche had the opportunity to travel through Qatar’s past, present and future yesterday through exhibitions at three stations along the seafront. The journey started with a free dhow cruise at the jetty opposite Al Rumeilah Park where people took photos with a huge calligraphy sculpture by prominent artist Sabah Arbili. The intricate stainless steel calligraphic work was inspired by a line from the country’s founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohamed bin Thani: “And amongst the Sultans I stood out as a lanneret floating over mountain peaks.” 

Hundreds of people lined up to see traditional dhows docked at the “Qatar’s Past” station and enjoy a free dhow shuttle taking them to the next station called “Modern Qatar” at the Orry jetty. This station showcased a replica of a Qatari town in the 1950s featuring Dukhan’s police station where a vintage Land Rover Serie 1, 1947 which was used to patrol the area was also displayed. Among other classic vehicles on display were Humber Super Sniper IV 1954 pick-up, Morris 1930 pick-up truck, Morris A60 1965 pick-up, 1968 Dodge WM 300 Power Wagon and 1960 Studebaker Lark VIII.

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The station also included a post office, mosque, majlis, supermarket, and a bank. There was a kids’ painting tent where children got creative and painted with their hands or digitally. The journey ended at the “Qatar’s Future” station beside Sheraton Park, whose “Dream Job” tent was a crowd-puller.  In the tent, uniforms were available for children to choose from based on the job they liked when they grew up. Photo of the child donning the uniform was then taken for free.

An exhibition of various projects as Qatar moves forward to attain Qatar National Vision 2030 was put up at the station. It featured scale models of Msheireb, Lusail Expressway, National Museum of Qatar, Al Wakrah Stadium, Lusail City, Sidra, Hamad International Airport, Rail, East West Corridor, Doha Zoo, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies and other educational institutions. A stage was erected where the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra entertained visitors. 

Source: The Peninsula