The MIA (Museum of Islamic Art) is one of Doha’s main attractions. It is built on its own artificial island near the traditional Dhow (wooden Qatari boat) harbour. The complex was designed by I.M. Pei (architect of the Louvre pyramid in Paris) and opened in 2008. The building itself is influenced by ancient Islamic architecture with elements such as arches and water features, yet has a uniquely modern design involving geometric patterns
It hosts the largest collection of Islamic art in the world, collected from three continents. The permanent collection of the Museum of Islamic Art includes textiles (carpets, clothing and garments), ceramics, enamel, metal and glass artefacts, woodwork, jewellery and manuscripts spanning 1400 years, dating from the 7th to the 19th century. The 800 items exhibited at the MIA originate from Spain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, India, and Central Asia and show both the incredible variety and continuity of traditional Islamic art.
Once you are finished with your visit of the 45,000 m2 large area dedicated to traditional Islamic art, we recommend that you enjoy the park of the museum which offers many sports activities and classes (fitness, kayaking, paddle board, paddle boats, play areas for kids…). The park features long walking tracks, cycling tracks, a carousel and cafés.
It is also the perfect spot for a picnic (picnic baskets are available at the park’s café), since it is one of the best vantage points to gaze at the Doha skyline.
If you are there on a Saturday, you will be able to see the Park Bazaar, a modern version of the souk where you can buy handcrafts, souvenirs, paintings, clothing, jewellery & accessories, food, photography and art.