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Mamma MIA

The Museum of Islamic Art, MIA, provides the perfect environment for a truly beautiful collection.  The design of the building in its simplicity and purity is absolutely the right backdrop for the stunning pieces housed within its walls.  

The displays are designed and executed to a very high standard, and the ambiance of the museum, at least during my visit today, was the right mix of formal and relaxed.  The building from outside and inside is, quite honestly, superb.  It has a balanced mix of modern, functional and traditional; all with an "Islamic" feel.  The lighting, setting and labeling is world class.  Reading their website and looking at their objectives and mission, one starts to understand the sort of effort that has gone into this project.  It's also an indicator of what is to come.  The temporary exhibition area and the auditorium will give life to the still rooms in the rest of the museum. 

I love this place and I'm sure I will be back again.  If you happen to be in Qatar, try to take out some time and visit.  It's very hard to find places of this quality across the whole Gulf.  Admission fee is a civilised Zero Riyals.

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Reader Comments (16)

Nice photos!

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLocksley McPherson Jnr

Looks like a very nice museum. The Islamic History Museum in Sharjah, UAE was decent, but this looks much better for sure!

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbid

Wawooo the pics are amazing:

the book, the mask, the water runway, Superb !

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbdullah

Do you have any photos of the Baghdad museum which was unfortunetly looted in 2003-04?

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAkbar

Looks lovely, royal, regal and rich in a variety of things.
Does Kuwait have a museum?
And the photos again, do full justice to the amazing exhibits! :)

March 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteronlooker

-- Locksley McPherson Jnr
Thank you.

-- Abid
I will try to see the Sharjah one next time I'm there. Thanks.

-- Abdullah
Thank you :)

-- Akbar
Do you?

-- onlooker
Thank you for the compliment.
There is a rather good private collection at Tareq Rajab Museum:

March 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

No, I dont but there is abundant info. online.

March 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAkbar

i LOVE the pics!

the telecommunication tower pic 7adha amazing!! it blowned me away!

March 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMomentum

That is one place I want to visit when I get the chance! Those are some beautiful shots!

March 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarzouq

Breathtaking! I want to go there and see for myself. :)

March 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMacaholiQ8

-- Akbar
Yes. There is.

-- Momentum
Thank you. Good luck with your blog.

-- Marzouq
It's worth it! I read your wonderful blog all the time btw.

-- MacaholiQ8
It really was. I hope you get chance to go :)

March 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Thanks for the link. It does look very interesting!
can one just walk in, or there are any formalities involved?

March 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteronlooker

Check the "Timings" section on their website. Entry is free and, unless you're a school group, you don't need to call in advance.

March 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Glad you enjoy the blog! Ur design is fantastic by the way!

March 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarzouq

Wow ! just wow ! I read about this place on Intlxpatr's blog, but you're pictures are nicer ! :P

March 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermathai

iam a Qatari and haven't been there yet
but i'm planing

December 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSAUD

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