Public Art display of traditional Qatar dress

Egal by Shouq Al Mana

Shouq Al Mana (b. 1996) is a Qatari contemporary artist whose practice focuses on culture and identity influenced by her interest in merging elements from the past and the present.

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Located at Lusail Marina Promenade, Egal serves as a tribute to Qatar’s history and traditions, by representing a piece of cultural headwear worn by men as part of the national attire. The egal is typically worn on top of the ghitra, a square scarf. The raised stance of the egal is a symbol of respect and appreciation towards Qatar’s leadership, citizens and residents for their unity during the blockade that began on 5 June 2017. With the variable heights of each egal, the artist highlights the different generations that experienced the blockade.