The intrusive buildings in the surroundings of Doha cannot impinge upon the solitariness of the Museum of Islamic Art. It is located on a 45,000 m2 artificial peninsula. Overlooking the gorgeous Doha Bay, the museum is a symbol of architectural magnificence. It showcases artefacts from both the secular and religious worlds. This stand-alone masterpiece is not only a museum but also a space where many remarkable exhibitions are held; thus, creating an interesting bond between ancient and modern artistic work. If you are also looking for apartments in the vicinity book your stay at Ascott Doha. You will find that they are one of the best Doha serviced apartments in town. However, find your way to the most precious jewel in town, The Museum of Islamic Art.
Renowned architect I.M. Pei had to abandon the pleasures of retirement when he was called upon to design the museum. At the ripe old age of 91, Mr. Pei did the necessary research in order that his designs reflected the age-old architecture of the Islamic world. His expertise is manifested in this masterly creation.
Construction was completed in 2006, however the museum was perfected for the two years that followed and the grand opening took place in November 2008. What could you expect to witness at this grand museum? Islamic art collected from three continents over 1,400 years. Mark the minute differences in the artistic styles but more importantly understand the reason why these artistic creations are all housed within the Museum of Islamic Art. It would be a journey through continents and art forms.
Visit the museum before the 11th of June 2016 and walk in to a remarkable exhibition of photographs and artwork from the Qajar period in Iran (1785-1925). It’s evident that the female form was a constant preoccupation for the artists during the period. Thus you would also be able to observe the differing perceptions of female beauty.
Make sure you visit the museum on any other day but Tuesday as it is the only day that the museum is closed. What’s more amazing? No fees are levied to visit the site and also the museum is open until 11 pm. Spend hours marvelling at the art displayed at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.