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Discover the Museum of Islamic Art

The internationally renowned Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is the crown jewel of Qatar’s museums.

Art, Architecture, History, Culture

Museum of Islamic Art

On a purpose-built island abutting the Corniche, Doha’s waterfront promenade, the building itself is an architectural wonder designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect I.M. Pei. The museum contains four floors of permanent and temporary exhibitions, gift shop, a café and a haute cuisine restaurant IDAM by renowned chef Alain Ducasse, on the fifth floor.  It is also home to a heritage library, with a collection of 21,000 books including 2000 rare editions in both Arabic and English.

How to get there?

  • The Museum of Islamic Art is easily accessible via car or a taxi (Uber is widely used, alternatively Karwa or Careem). Limited parking spaces are available. The distance from Hamad International Airport is approximately 20 minutes.

  • The station to get off for the Museum of Islamic Art is the "Qatar National Museum" station (Gold line). Continue with a 15-minute walk to MIA.

Museum of Islamic Art

Address

MIA Park, the Corniche

Phone

+974 4422 4444

Website

http://www.mia.org.qa/

Tickets

  • Adult: QAR 50
  • Children under 16 years: Free
  • Student: QAR 25
  • Residents of Qatar: Free

More info

The museum hosts a variety of cultural activities throughout the year, including performances by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, film screenings and art and calligraphy classes for the community. The lush MIA park next to the museum overlooks the Arabian sea, and is a favourite spot for family picnics, walking, running or outdoor yoga classes. A weekend bazar in the cooler months features over a hundred stalls selling everything from food and drinks to handicrafts, clothing and jeweller

Highlights of your visit

  • Shahnameh Manuscript

  • Planispheric Astrolabe

  • Carved Emerald Plaque

MIA commands breathtaking views of the city’s skyline. Inside the museum, visitors should look for the Shahnameh Manuscript. Written a thousand years ago by Persian poet Ferdowsi, the Book of Kings recounts the histories and myths of the pre-Islamic Greater Persian Empire.  See one of the world’s first navigational tools, the Planispheric Astrolabe, made in 10th century Iraq during Abbasid rule.  Be dazzled by the Carved Emerald Plaque, a large emerald from the 16th century.  Owned by India’s Mughal emperors, an Arabic prayer is inscribed on one side while a floral motif is carved on the other.

Conceived by Pritzker Prize winning architect I.M. Pei, best known for designing the glass pyramid in the forecourt of the Louvre in Paris, the museum sits on a purpose-built island abutting Doha’s central waterfront promenade and is surrounded by MIA Park’s extensive green spaces.

The building was inspired by the Sabil, or ablution fountain, in the 9th century Mosque of Ahmad Ibn Tulun in Cairo, Egypt.  Traditional Islamic patterns (domes, geometric patterns, arches, water features) meld with modern architecture to produce this hallmark museum in Qatar. 

MIA showcases 14 centuries of Islamic art and artefacts from around the world.  

Pricing and Conditions:

Entrance Fee:

·         Adult: QAR 50

·         Children under 16 years: Free

·         Student: QAR 25

·         Residents of Qatar: Free

MIA is surrounded by vast green lawns and amazing views of the Doha skyline and the Arabian sea. It is centrally located, walking distance from numerous tourist hotspots including Doha Corniche where one can take a ride on the traditional dhow boats. The traditional market Souq Waqif is a few minutes walk away, with shops, restaurants and entertainment aplenty, while the Gold Souq is located nearby.  The Emiri Stables are at one end of Souq Waqif, while the grand Amiri Diwan, the seat of government in Qatar, sits on a tract of land abutting Al Bidda Park. 

Useful information

Address

MIA Park, the Corniche

Prices

Adult: QAR 50 Children under 16 years: Free Student: QAR 25 Residents of Qatar: Free

Opening times

Saturday-Thursday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Friday: 1.30 pm - 7 pm 

Sunday: closed

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