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Local architecture is music for the eyes
Building through the ages
Back to the basics
The courtyard in the middle
Cooling the house
Entrance and windows
Majlis and harim
Importance of family
Survival of the fittest
Old houses of Muharraq


The courtyard in the middle

The house was built along the wall, so that a courtyard was left in the middle. This was not only because Islamic culture emphasises the privacy of the family, but also to keep the cool night air in the shadow of the building as long as possible.

There were trees growing in the courtyard under which the children played.

The women of the family spent their days sitting around the yard in the shadow of the trees, chatting and preparing the food while watching the children.

There was usually no garden around the house, quite the opposite to the houses built today.