Ramadan is only a week away and all the bars will close. When they re-open in September, it would be a great shame to visit the Ramada Library Bar only to find it redecorated, with the famous mural over-painted in a nice tasteful magnolia. Heaven forbid that this should happen, but just in case, I've preserved it here, for posterity. In best Arabic style, the mural progresses from right to left and begins with:
the hand of God giving Adam a book, or the gift of written language:
Then we have earliest cave markings:
Followed by ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics:
And the reading of a scroll in an amphitheatre:
From monkish scribes to the Printing Press:
To mastery of Music and Navigation:
To the domestic Study, with TV showing Mona Lisa:
To Modernity, with books launching trains, planes, skyscrapers, computers and beyond:
This detail, the Artist, Muriel Terzano Lamy:
Even to the bar stools:
Muriel Terzano Lamy's enormous and exuberant mural gives the Library Bar a completely unique ambience, making it one of Doha's most amenable night spots (though the friendly bar staff help too!) I've let her mural speak for itself, but the low quality of my photos (ambient light, no flash) doesn't do it full justice. There are many more details to be discovered.
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