Mamma MIA
Thursday, March 5, 2009
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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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