There is so much to see in Doha, Qatar, here are some of our art and culture highlights…
1The Fire Station Gallery, Doha
A flourishing art scene may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Qatar. So I was curious to learn that artists and writers have come together in a converted fire station in Doha to meet and work together.
2The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
My second stop was at the The Museum of Islamic Art which is built on an artificial peninsula. The building and its surroundings are as important as what’s inside. The architect responsible for the design of the building is I. M. Pei who is 91 years old. It has water features, arches and many other important aspects which are especially relevant in Islamic design.
The grand entrance to the museum with its impressive fountain.
There is also a wonderful view of the Doha skyline through the arches. It is probably one of the most photographed places in Doha!
Some of the items on display at http://www.mia.org.qa/en/
It’s the first time I visited a museum of Islamic art. I found the artefacts fascinating and rather beautiful. It is difficult to explain how big this collection is since it spreads over 1400 years. and has objects from Persian, Mongolian and Ottoman empires. Hence you will need to spend half a day here to see everything. It’s truly an unforgettable experience. Go see for yourself.