• Weekend in Doha: Museum of Islamic Art

    by  • 7 May, 2013 • Art & Architecture, Desert Life, Photography, Travel • 0 Comments

    Last month, we swung by Doha over the weekend. Maybe one would be wondering why of all places, we chose to visit Qatar. I, for one, do not have an answer for that but, there were two things that have been calling me for the last two years– Jollibee and I.M. Pei. Still not convinced? Let me take you to the awesome Museum of Islamic Art.

    Located on an island at the southern edge of the Doha Corniche, the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) was designed by I.M. Pei, an architect known for his mastery of modern architecture. Among his famous works was the glass pyramid of The Louvre in Paris, France. MIA’s architecture is clean and sleek, no wonder it instantly became one of Doha’s iconic landmarks. The building was framed by palms running on both sides of what looks like a VIP driveway, adding more elegance as you enter the museum grounds. I love how everything looks so simple and yet they stand out.

    Museum of Islamic Art

    The interiors are also lovely, from the beautiful ceiling down to the huge glass window providing the museum with natural light and a nice view of the Doha skyline.

    Museum of Islamic Art

    Museum of Islamic Art

    MIA has 5 floors, 4 of which are easily accessible to the public. The ground floor is dedicated to the cafe, shop and some small galleries for temporary exhibitions (usually with a fee) while the next two storeys house the treasures of MIA. On the fourth floor is a mini auditorium and some more galleries for exhibits, while the fifth level is a high-end restaurant, so special even the elevator couldn’t go up. Ok, I kid, but really, the lift won’t stop at that floor; you have to take the stairs.

    Museum of Islamic Art

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    I am so in love with Islamic art–I find it richer and the details are so intricately elegant. Here are some of my favorite items in MIA’s huge collection. I cannot post everything here as I love a handful of pieces, this entry won’t end. Haha!

    Museum of Islamic Art

    This collection of astrolabes came from the “Science in Art” exhibit.

    Museum of Islamic Art

    Museum of Islamic Art

    Museum of Islamic Art

    To my mother, if you’re reading this: Why did you not get me a pencil case as lovely as this? :P

    Museum of Islamic Art

    Museum of Islamic Art

    Museum of Islamic Art

    Some tiles extracted from walls and pavements. The “pattern” section is my most favorite among all exhibits.

    Museum of Islamic Art

    I blend so well, they can actually pin me to the wall. :P

    Museum of Islamic Art

    Museum of Islamic Art

    The following photos won’t give justice to what they actually look like. It’s much, much gorgeous.

    Museum of Islamic Art

    Museum of Islamic Art

    This armor is just awesome! I felt so small standing beside it.

    Museum of Islamic Art

    See, the Museum of Islamic Art is really a gem! It was a nice visit and we learned a lot of things. Definitely a must-see. And oh yes, entrance to the museum is free! I hope to see MIA again next time, together with the new National Museum of Qatar that is being built at the moment.

     

    Museum of Islamic Art
    Doha Port, Doha, Qatar
    +974 4 422 4444

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    I am Jane, born and raised in chaotic and historic Manila and now based in the ambitious emirate of Dubai. I love to write about my travel stories and Arabian adventure. I'm a huge fan of history, arts and architecture. And I love to capture nice photographs, too.

    http://www.janesarabia.com

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