The architect Ibrahim Mohamed Jaidah launched his newest publication ‘Discovering Arabian Deco, Early Modern Architecture in Qatar’ in a signing ceremony held at Bin Jelmood House at Msheireb Museums in Msheireb Downtown Doha.
The event was attended by Msheireb Museums management, architects, special guests and members of the media.
The publication takes the reader on an architectural journey of urban development in Qatar since the discovery of oil through the three most significant decades-1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. It encompasses a superb collection of rare photographs, drawings, and reproductions; and unlocks the architectural changes that took place in Doha from the urban transition in the 1950s to urban necessity in the 1960s to urban modernity in the 1970s. The historical events during these decades have shaped the city’s evolution. The book also shines a light on the 1960s movement named by the author “Arabian Deco.”
The launch event was accompanied by an exhibition which included book highlights depicted through 3D-printed models and architectural illustrations with a focus on the buildings from the Arabian Deco era. The exhibition will be available to the public starting May 18, in the Mohammed bin Jassim House Museum, Msheireb downtown.
Commenting on the launch, Ibrahim Jaidah, the author and architect, stated: “This evening, we are celebrating the launch of my fourth book. This unique publication reflects on the highly important era of our architectural history, the early modern. This era lasted from the beginning of oil discovery, depicted through new architectural styles in government buildings, schools and such. The most interesting aspect of the book is showcasing the Arabian Deco style. It is the first time this style has been highlighted in our architectural history. The book also covers the widespread architectural movement and modernism shown in different styles, from the 1950s to the end of 1970s.”
Abdulla Al Naama, Manager of Msheireb Museums stated: “We are proud to host the book launching of one of the renowned Qatari architects and authors. Our hosting of the event reiterates our mission of supporting the creative community and offering them a platform to reach out to the wider community. Besides, the book will be available in Msheireb Museums’ library to allow researchers, academics, students and readers to purchase or have more information about our rich legacy. This is a crucial step to document our heritage and preserve it for the coming generations”.