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Helen Betts | all galleries >> Touring the Gulf States >> Doha: Pearl of the Gulf >> Glimpse into Qatari Culture: 'Zabra' > ‘Al-Sabahyah’
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There was a photography exhibition at the art gallery in the cultural village titled “Zabra,” the most precious moment of one’s lifetime. “It is a traditional Qatari word that defines the dressing up for special occasions, it stems from our genuine heritage, our great history and our own identity to describe one’s maximum feeling of honor, pride and excitement in a specific time and definite place,” says the exhibit brochure.

I photographed a lot of the exhibit as it was just stunning, and the more I look at the images, the more taken I am with them, an insight into Qatari culture that I never could have found on my own.

“The first day after the wedding, the bride wears adornments gifted by her husband, and the traditional golden ‘Atasah’ on her head. The bride also wears over her chest ‘Al-Mertashah,’ and on her ears she wears ‘Al-Gulamyat.’ A new life has begun for her.”

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Julie Oldfield16-Feb-2015 15:26
hamery15-Feb-2015 20:31
Beautiful composition, Helen. V
MarcViskens15-Feb-2015 08:21
very pretty
Gill Kopy15-Feb-2015 01:58
I hope she's happy !!! A marvelous shot - thank you for taking notes to explain what's going on ! V
Carol Rollins14-Feb-2015 18:20
LynnH14-Feb-2015 15:43
Oh yes, fantastic!!
Jim Coffman14-Feb-2015 14:50
A very nice image,Helen! I think I would enjoy this place!
Martin Lamoon14-Feb-2015 14:10
A new life for some!
Great picture and series.