Museum of Islamic Art
Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art opened in 2008 but was years in the making. The care and craftsmanship is evident in the details of the building and its grounds, that sit dramatically on the edge of the Doha Harbour, with the city as its backdrop.
I. M. Pei, who also created the Louvre pyramid, showed his true mastery by actually coming out of retirement to spend months learning about Muslim architecture, culture, and tradition before designing this incredible building. Inside, equal care has been taken to collect the finest Islamic artefacts from around the world. Filling 45,000m sq. of space, there’s manuscripts, textiles, ceramics, glassware and metalwork, originating from everywhere from Spain to Central Asia. Thought has also been given to the local community, with space dedicated to a large library filled with books in both English and Arabic, and lecture halls and classrooms for adult learning, events, talks, and children’s activities.
This is a fantastic destination for the burgeoning city of Doha, that is humbling in its physical beauty and the beauty of its collections, as well as its contributions to the community and dedication to inter-cultural exchange.
With a spectacular view of Doha Bay and skyline, the MIA Café is a modern, peaceful spot where you’ll find delicious French Arabic fusion dishes, with plenty of fresh ingredients.
This excellent gift shop is filled with a really lovely selection of exclusive design objects and artist designed home ware, as well as art books and jewellery to home décor, gifts and accessories.
+974 4422 4444
Sunday – Monday 10.30 – 17:30
Wednesday 10.30 – 17.30
Thursday 12.00 – 20.00
Friday 14.00 – 20.00
Saturday 12.00 – 20.00
Mathaf Shuttle Bus: Between MIA and Mathaf. Hourly and free.