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Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar

The Museum of Islamic Art

The Museum of Islamic Art is dedicated to reflecting the full vitality, complexity, and diversity of the arts of the Islamic world. It is a world-class collecting institution, which preserves, studies, and exhibits masterpieces spanning three continents—including countries across the Middle East, and reaching as far as Spain and India—from the 7th through the 19th centuries. As a centre for information, research, and creativity, the museum engages global audiences and serves as a platform for dialogue and cultural exchange.

The museum draws much influence from ancient Islamic architecture, yet has a unique design. It was the first of its kind in the Persian Gulf and has a very large collection of Islamic art, plus a study and a library. The museum has a total area of 45,000 m2 and lies on the edge of Doha harbour at the south end of Doha Bay. Construction by Baytur Constr.Co. (Turkey) reached completion in 2006, but the museum’s interior was subjected to a variety of changes thereafter. The museum celebrated its VIP opening on November 22, 2008, and opened to the general public on December 8, 2008.

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Find out more about the Museum of Islamic Art by visiting the Qatar Museums Authority website: www.qma.org.qa

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