Culture of Islamabad
Islamabad (Urdu: اسلام آباد کی ثقافت) is the capital city of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan that has a modern culture by synchronising itself with other capitals around the globe. Islamabad lies in a province of its own called Islamabad Capital Territory.
Islamabad is home to many diplomats, government officials and foreign workers and is reflected in their cuisine. Islamabad celebrates food festivals through its ethnic groups with examples such as the Food Festival 2011, Austrian Food Festival 2013  and Swiss Food Festivals. As Pakistan is known for its diverse, traditional food options such as Nihari, Halwa Poori, Daal, Chapli Kebab, Islamabad's cuisine has further developed as they now have foreign franchises such as McDonald's, KFC, Hardee's, Subway, TGI Fridays, Cinnamon Café and China Grill. Fast food chains are as common as traditional food outlets in Islamabad.
Among foreigners and people of a more affluent background are seen in a famous eating area known as Kohsar Market which includes many cafe's and restaurants that range from Pakistani, continental to Thai cuisine.
The class distinction, moreover, has infiltrated not only the residential areas but also the many eateries that Islamabad hosts. Islamabad is home to a majority of Muslims and a minority of Christians. Christians are relegated to slum like neighborhoods in sectors of Islamabad like F-6, F-7, and G-11. Islamabad is a more affluent city at its core yet there are poorer areas within it that have been confined to specific sectors. Islamabad is a city where the government officials reside as it is mostly a political city at the heart of Pakistani politics. There are common eateries for political figures while there are others which are only for people of a possible middle or lower class.
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Entertainment facilities in Islamabad include:
- Rawal Lake
- Pir Sohawa
- Cinepax Movie Theatre
- F1 Tracks – Go Kart Racing
- Shakarpariyan Hills
- Cloud 9 International Club
- Monal Restaurant
- Centaurus mall
- F-9 Park Mega zone
Islamabad fashion scene mainly focuses on the various designer clothes that fit in with categories such as Mehndi Dressing and Wedding Dressing . The city hosts their annual Islamabad Fashion Week in which renowned designers present their best seasonal collection.
The youth culture in Islamabad is rather hidden. There is a large population of students can be found near Faisal Mosque, and small roadside eateries in the middle of the school day. The open and liberal nature of the city has been hindered due to radical religious influences from the Red Mosque which have subdued the youth culture to quite a degree. Moreover, there are theatre plays and concerts that take place at the Pakistan National Council of Arts which pull a large cross section of society towards them. There are food festivals and handicraft festivals in Islamabad which keep the small population (1.5 million) of the city entertained.
The Lok Virsa Museum is a heritage museum which has made its mark in the city of Islamabad. It is a celebration of many cultures within Pakistan but has a distinct appreciation for its location which is the city that hosts it. Islamabad is known for its greenery and mountains which are its landmark and appreciated by many tourists. As it is a newly developed, planned cities there is not much by way of historical sites of architecture within the city itself, however, the suburbs of the city host one of the oldest Buddhist universities in the world known as Taxila and other Buddhist Stupas. Shakarparian Park is the first amusement park in Islamabad which has a wide array of activities which can be enjoyed by all citizens in Islamabad.
In 2013, Islamabad's first Shopping Mall was opened to the public which led crowds to its doors for many years on a daily basis. The main attraction of the city is the Faisal Mosque which is popular for having the tallest minarets in South Asia and is a well-known spot for young people even if they are not visiting for worship.
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