The Museum of Islamic Art is a museum located on the Corniche in the Qatari capital Doha designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect I.M. Pei. It opened its doors in November 22, 2008.
The purpose of this museum is to develop, promote and sustain Qatar’s cultural sector and to have the rest of the world understand them better.
Once inside, the masterpieces come from diverse societies. Pieces in the collection are all connected by Islam, but many are non-religious in nature taken from the treasure‐houses of princes and the personal homes of ordinary people. Each object tells a fascinating story about its origins, providing an experience that extends far beyond the physical gallery space.
In the heart of the museum is Alain Ducasse’s first restaurant in the Middle East. ‘Idam’ means ‘generosity’, and each dish is a celebration of local tastes, spices and ingredients. Philippe Starck’s unique decor creates a sophisticated atmosphere, overlooking Doha’s skyline from the top floor of the museum.
The Mathaf showcases modern and contemporary art created in Qatar, the Middle East and the international Arab diaspora. It is an informal space not just visited but for conversations with artists together to learn, share ideas and enter debates.
3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum is an adjusting building to showcase the origins, development and significance of sports culture within Qatar and beyond.
Qatar’s Orientalist Museum is dedicated to Orientalism – an influential period in art history, based around Western artists’ first experiences and impressions of the ‘oriental’ East where different nationalities live side-by-side.