Museum of Islamic Art | Doha, Qatar

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is located on an artificial peninsula overlooking the south end of Doha Bay occupying a total area of 45,000 m2. It was officially opened on November 22, 2008 by the then Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad and was opened to the general public on December 8, 2008.

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The 5-story museum was designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, architect of the controversial glass-and-steel pyramid for the Musée du Louvre in Paris.

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MIA is the first of its kind to feature over 14 centuries of Islamic art in the Arab States of the Persian Gulf. It represents Islamic art from three continents over 1,400 years. Its collection includes metal work, ceramics, jewelry, wood work, textiles and glass obtained from three continents and dating from the 7th to the 19th century. It is one of the world’s most complete collections of Islamic artifacts, with items originating in Spain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, India, and Central Asia.

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Inside the museum are temporary and permanent galleries, a gift shop, a library, a cafe, a 200-seat theater, classrooms and a restaurant.

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External facilities that form part of the crescent shaped MIA park include walking tracks, cycling tracks, a carousel, cafes, rest rooms and boat rentals.

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The museum is part of Qatar Museums Authority. Admission to the museum and park are free. The museum is open daily from 9:00am to 7:00pm, Saturday to Thursday and 1:30pm to 7:00pm during Friday. The park is open 24 hours to cater the residents of the Doha City.

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Qatar National Library

Qatar National Library (QNL) is a non-profit organization under the umbrella of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Its mission is to spread knowledge, nurture imagination,cultivate creativity, and preserve Qatar’s heritage for the future.

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QNL’s 45,000 square meters state-of-the-art library building was opened to the public last November 7, 2017. It was designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. Currently it has around one million books in its collections, more than 500,000 ebooks, periodicals and newspapers, and special collections.

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Aside from its cutting-edge technology, Qatar National Library also have its famed Heritage Collection and facilities for individual and group study and research and a specially designed restaurant, a cafe and a special events area.

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Al Zubarah Fort | Qatar

The iconic Al Zubarah Fort is located at the northwestern coast of Qatari Peninsula in the municipality of Al Shamal. It is about 105 km from Qatar’s capital city Doha.

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The historic military fortress was built in 1938 under the supervision of Sheikh Abdullah bin Qassim Al Thani. The walls of the fort were fabricated and were put together by merging and blending overlapping raw pieces of coral stones, specifically limestone.

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Today, Al Zubara Fort serves as a museum and a famous landmark. It showcases important artifacts from the town of Zubarah where on June 22, 2013, UNESCO added the town’s archeological site of to its World Heritage List.

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The fort is open regularly from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. except for early Friday mornings and Saturdays.

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Sunrise in Sealine Beach | Mesaeeid

Sealine beach is located in Mesaieed, Al Wakra, Qatar. It is about an hour and a half south of Doha.

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In addition to catching the magnificent sunrise at the beach, visitors can go swimming in the sea, dune bashing or take a camel ride. Tourists can also bring tents and stuff and spend overnight at the beach or do a short trip from 5am to 9am to catch the sunrise.

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*Aside from the public beach, one can opt to stay at the private beach, Murwab Resort. The resort is an ideal location for business meetings and events, with comprehensive leisure facilities.

 

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Katara Cultural Village | Doha, Qatar

Located on the eastern Coast between West Bay and The Pearl, the cultural village of Katara was opened in 2010. It is the largest and the most multidimensional cultural project of Qatar made possible by the leadership of HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir of the State of Qatar.

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Katara is a cultural beacon radiating in the Middle East through theatre, literature, music, visual art, conventions and exhibitions.

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Many Qatari organisations have their offices in Katara. These include the Qatari Society for Engineers, Qatar Fine Arts Society, Visual Art Centre, Qatar Photographic Society, Childhood Cultural Centre, Theatre Society and Qatar Music Academy.

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Did you know that?

Since the year 150 AD, “Catara” was the first and most ancient name designated for Qatar Peninsula in geographic and historical maps.

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Doha City Skyline | Qatar

Qatar’s construction industry has built some of the most unique buildings in the Gulf region. Five of the six tallest buildings are in the country’s capital, Doha City.

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Located within the stretch of the Doha City’s Westbay area, these lofty skyscrapers were designed by the world’s finest architects. These includes the Burj Doha and Qatar World Trade Center.

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A boat ride at the Doha Bay traveling near the Doha Corniche will lead you to the iconic part of the Doha Skyline.

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Souq Waqif |Doha

Souq Waqif is located in Al Souq district which is situated at the center of Doha, Qatar. It is considered one of the best location for tourists within Qatar.

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The souq dates back at least a hundred years. It is known for selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs.

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The souq is very popular with local and expats as it offers multiple dining locations.

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There are also pet stalls in Souq Waqif which sell variety of domestic pets including dogs, cats, rabits, turtles and birds.

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A selection of small and artistic shoos with a number of exhibition rooms can be found at the Souq Waqif Art Center. At night, the souq turns into a hive of activity for the residents of Doha City.

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