Museum of Islamic Art

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The Museum of Islamic Art, occupies a total area of 45,000 m2, and is located on an artificial peninsula overlooking the south end of Doha Bay. It is also surrounded by a park. The museum's architect was I. M. Pei. At the age of 91, Pei had to be coaxed out of retirement to undertake this enterprise. He traveled throughout the Muslim world on a six-month quest to learn about Muslim architecture and history and read Muslim texts to draw inspiration for his design. Declining all proposed sites for the museum, Pei suggested a stand-alone island for the structure in order to avoid the encroachment of other buildings. Pei requested that the museum spaces be designed by his collaborator on the Louvre project, Wilmotte & Associates.

The facilities inside the 5-storey museum include a gift shop, a library, classrooms, a 200-seat theater, prayer rooms and ablution facilities. There is also a high class restaurant, IDAM, offering French Mediterranean cuisine with Arabic elements.

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) represents Islamic art from three continents over 1,400 years. Its collection includes metal work, ceramics, jewellery, wood work, textiles and glass, obtained from three continents and dating from the 7th to the 19th century. 

 It is one of the world’s most complete collections of Islamic artifacts, with items originating in Spain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, India, and Central Asia. It was the first of its kind in the gulf.

And one of the many beautiful buildings here in Doha

(Nada Hamouche)