The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha: Don't Miss The Unbelievable Qatari Art Here

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 0 Comments

The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar
Located at one of the edges of the seven kilometers long Corniche in the Qatari capital, Doha, the Museum of Islamic Art is one strong sight to behold. Even in broad daylight, cream-colored limestone facade's play with the sunlight and morning shadows all over the corniche. It was my first pit stop in Doha, and I could not be happier. A beautiful harbor skyline in front, people-less view, and bright lit background --- ahh, an obvious oasis perfection, right? Yes, even if it was piping hot hot hot.

The Museum of Island Art is actually built on an island off an artificial projecting peninsula near the traditional dhow, which is a wooden Qatari boat harbor. Inside the museum, it has exhibitions, collections, libraries, parks, and cafes that creatively intertwines with each other – all inspired by the Middle Eastern imperial past.

Architecture-wise, who would not be impressed by such spectacular style. The atrium, dome, oculus, and every inch of geometric patterns of Islamic arts are so hypnotizing. Beautiful and iconic in every way possible, the building and the waterfront view are everything you’ll ever want in a world class museum.

It’s best to explore the museum at least half a day, then the other half can be enjoyed outside. The Museum of Islamic Art offers guided tours, own tours, and walk in activities for every type of visitor and preference. What’s quite interesting though, which is worth mentioning, is the fact that there is a dress code to be followed in this museum. Please dress moderately which translates to something that is conservative and respectful, as it is in the Qatari culture.

The museum has four floors to explore, where I believe it’s best to start at the fourth floor, given that it is for the temporary exhibitions. The rest of the floors are for the general Qatari and Islam culture related ones, which you can leisurely enjoy.

On the other hand, the outside views are of course lavishly magnificent. It’s not the typical harbor-skyline view that you can often see in other countries. This one in Doha seems like a never ending panorama of outstanding towers. It’s just unbelievable!

Of course, there are a number of causative factors to the character of a city's skyline, like the placement of buildings, the monumental structures, the architectural styles used, and the overall impact. So the question here is, what makes a skyline beautiful? What is the best possible look to shoot for?

After seeing so many, to be honest, it seems that everything is worth appreciating (the good ones and the ones that need improvement). But one thing is certain and across the board – the skylines are a must see when visiting a new city because it gives you a sense of where the city is actually at, and where it is headed.

I suppose there are even better views hidden somewhere in Doha that is also in need of being discovered. Perhaps, another day, another time! If I’ve missed any of your local favorite Doha skyline lookout points that is worth mentioning, do let me know in the comments below?

Official Website:

Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 51 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

For invites, reviews, or collaboration ideas, email

0 Wandering Thoughts:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...