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Sidra Trees


Doha Qatar

Year Realized
Arata Isozaki

Qatar National Convention Center

Tree-like columns support the overhanging roof of the Qatar National Convention centre designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.

The Sidra structure is 250 meters wide and five stories tall.


The Sidra Tree

In the Qatari culture, the Sidra tree is the iconic symbol of the country's heritage. The Sidra has grown in the desert of Qatar for generations with roots that reach deep into the earth. With fruit and flowers that nourish and leaves that heal, the Sidra became a beacon of comfort in the harsh desert environment. The Sidra also provided shade and shelter to travellers and scholars, who would escape the desert heat, gathering together and sharing knowledge.


Over time, the Sidra came to represent nourishment, strength and courage, as well as learning and growth. In the hearts and the minds of the people of Qatar, the Sidra tree exemplifies perseverance, solidarity and determination.