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The Museum of Islamic Art, MIA, provides the perfect environment for a truly beautiful collection.  The design of the building in its simplicity and purity is absolutely the right backdrop for the stunning pieces housed within its walls.  

The displays are designed and executed to a very high standard, and the ambiance of the museum, at least during my visit today, was the right mix of formal and relaxed.  The building from outside and inside is, quite honestly, superb.  It has a balanced mix of modern, functional and traditional; all with an “Islamic” feel.  The lighting, setting and labeling is world class.  Reading their website and looking at their objectives and mission, one starts to understand the sort of effort that has gone into this project.  It’s also an indicator of what is to come.  The temporary exhibition area and the auditorium will give life to the still rooms in the rest of the museum. 

I love this place and I’m sure I will be back again.  If you happen to be in Qatar, try to take out some time and visit.  It’s very hard to find places of this quality across the whole Gulf.  Admission fee is a civilised Zero Riyals.

16 Comments

  1. Nice photos!

  2. Looks like a very nice museum. The Islamic History Museum in Sharjah, UAE was decent, but this looks much better for sure!

    • Abdullah
    • Posted 5 March 2009 at 2:10 pm
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    Wawooo the pics are amazing:

    the book, the mask, the water runway, Superb !

    • Akbar
    • Posted 5 March 2009 at 9:02 pm
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    Do you have any photos of the Baghdad museum which was unfortunetly looted in 2003-04?

  3. Looks lovely, royal, regal and rich in a variety of things.
    Does Kuwait have a museum?
    And the photos again, do full justice to the amazing exhibits!🙂

  4. — Locksley McPherson Jnr
    Thank you.

    — Abid
    I will try to see the Sharjah one next time I’m there. Thanks.

    — Abdullah
    Thank you🙂

    — Akbar
    No.
    Do you?

    — onlooker
    Thank you for the compliment.
    There is a rather good private collection at Tareq Rajab Museum:
    http://www.trmkt.com/
    Enjoy!

    • Akbar
    • Posted 6 March 2009 at 1:21 pm
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    No, I dont but there is abundant info. online.

  5. i LOVE the pics!

    the telecommunication tower pic 7adha amazing!! it blowned me away!

  6. That is one place I want to visit when I get the chance! Those are some beautiful shots!

  7. Breathtaking! I want to go there and see for myself.🙂

  8. — Akbar
    Yes. There is.

    — Momentum
    Thank you. Good luck with your blog.

    — Marzouq
    It’s worth it! I read your wonderful blog all the time btw.

    — MacaholiQ8
    It really was. I hope you get chance to go🙂

  9. Thanks for the link. It does look very interesting!
    can one just walk in, or there are any formalities involved?

  10. Check the “Timings” section on their website. Entry is free and, unless you’re a school group, you don’t need to call in advance.

  11. Glad you enjoy the blog! Ur design is fantastic by the way!

  12. Wow ! just wow ! I read about this place on Intlxpatr’s blog, but you’re pictures are nicer !😛

  13. iam a Qatari and haven’t been there yet
    but i’m planing🙂


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