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“My favorite spot in Doha ”

Museum of Islamic Art
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8 Hour Qatar Museum Tour from Doha
Ranked #1 of 107 things to do in Doha
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Set in the MIA Park on the Doha waterfront, the museum building stands out as an architectural gem. Once inside, you will see masterpieces of Islamic art, including metalwork, ceramics, jewellery, woodwork, textiles and glass, collected from three continents and dating from the 7th to the 19th century. Entry to the museum is FREE.
Doha, Qatar
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“My favorite spot in Doha ”
Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Doha, Qatar is not a very touristic place in comparison to it's upscale neighbors in the UAE. However, if you happen to be in the area for business or for a layover while waiting for your connecting flight with Qatar Airways, I highly encourage you to check out the Museum of Islamic arts. The building itself is the most iconic structure in the area with the IM Pei, designer of the Louvre in Paris as its creator no less. The Museum of Islamic arts offers displays mainly from the ancient civilizations of India and Persia. While they have a lot of gold plated Quran pages on display, the focus of the museum is not limited to the religious relics of the Muslim world. There's a cafe inside the museum for a quick refreshment and the best 5 star restaurant in the city also happens to be on its top floor (IDAM by Alain Ducasse is a must try). If fancy dinners is not your thing, you may stroll down the MIA park just a few meters away. If you're lucky you may catch a free exhibit at the nearby exhibition center. The MIA Park have the best view of the doha skyline. It's just amazing on a cool winter day or night. Take a book and some light snacks for a light picnic. (No alcohol allowed obviously). You may also go a short dhow boat cruise from the nearby port for approx 50qr for 30min. The summer months of May-October are best spent indoors though. With the outside temperature rising up to 40-60 degrees Celsius you don't really wanna be caught up AC deprived.

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Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar
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“MIA Doha”
Reviewed August 13, 2014

Fantastic building and gorgeous park. Contents let the whole thing down a bit. Park is great place to watch the sun go down...

Visited August 2014
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Doha, Qatar
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“Great architecture and view”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

The architecture and the view are amazing !! That's the best thing about it.
The entrance is free of charge. The display takes you back in time. You can see astrolabes, Qurans, ancient women accessories, metal works, things they used during wars,. ...

Visited January 2014
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“Worthwhile the visit!”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

While in Doha during a hot Eid season in 2014 an escape into coolness is visiting a museum and there is a nice choice in Doha. This museum kept us cool for over 4 hours. The building is modern and the inside is more than that: modern, beautiful, surprising, stunning. Even the restaurant has a lovely lay out.
The exhibition is interesting, well exhibited, spacious and with explanatory texts. Even if the Islam on itself does not have your special interest, the beauty of it all satisfies you nevertheless. It covers a large region in the world with findings of a lot of centuries.
Notwithstanding a lot of visitors at the time the building offers quietness and silence.
Being there: give it a chance!

Visited July 2014
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“Nice place to visit in Sept”
Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Very nice building architecture, with incredible view at skylines and Bay. The exibition is good. Good place to see when you are in Doha in summer.

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