Visiting the Museum of Islamic Art
Arabic Culture and Heritage at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
I had the privilege during my visit to Qatar for the World Cup to witness Qatar's best art, tradition, and culture preserved here for ages. The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, showcases the marvels of Qatari culture and the heritage of every Arabian nation. Be it the architecture or the impressive collection, every aspect of this museum represents Qatar's enriching beauty. Overlooking the scenic beauty of the Doha waterfront, this is one of the country's most popular and significant landmarks. I curated a list of every feature you can explore on this iconic cultural site.
The Architectural Wonders of Qatar- MIA Doha
The world-renowned architect I.M. Pei designed MIA as a masterpiece of architectural beauty. Featuring ancient Islamic architecture, the museum is one of the country's most iconic landmarks. Despite its resemblance to Ibn Tulun Mosque in Cairo, the museum is one of the world's best architectural marvels.
Limestone is used in almost every historical Islamic building, including the Doha Museum of Islamic Art. Its main building changes colours with light and different shades, which attracts visitors from all over the world. An enchanting entrance adorned with green palm fringes enhances the beauty of this museum. With its perfect geometric patterns, quality stones, and aesthetic touch, it has become an attraction to be admired.
The interior of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha is equally captivating. In the centre of the museum, an atrium is designed with curved staircases leading to the first floor. A magnificent chandelier in the centre of the room adds much glamor to the classical interiors. Next is an oculus (a circular window at the top of a dome) that reflects the lights with different hues and patterns. It is one of Qatar's most impressive tourist attractions because of its use of space, windows, and elevators.
An Overview of Qatar's Museum of Islamic Art's Best Collection
The collection of MIA is not just unique and influential; it is the main highlight that makes it an attraction for all. Presenting Qatar's rich art and heritage with other Middle Eastern nations and neighbouring countries, the museum boasts an impressive collection of art and artifacts.
There is a perfect fusion of regional, cultural, and historical elements influencing the crowds from every religion and caste to witness the excellence of the past.
Three floors are dedicated to a specific collection- the first two are for glasswork, ceramics, and other permanent collections.
Eventually, I found this museum to be one of my favorite places in Doha. It's a complete experience from architecture, collection, location, and open public spaces.
Don't miss the Gift shop; it has incredible replicas of some of the collection as souvenirs.
If you ever plan to visit Qatar, make sure to stop and experience this exceptional museum - You won’t regret it!