Public Art display of traditional Qatar dress

Eqal 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.

Located at Lusail Marina Promenade, Eqal 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 eqal is typically worn on top of the ghitra, a square scarf. The raised stance of the eqal 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 eqal, the artist highlights the different generations that experienced the blockade.

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