Museum of Islamic Art
Museum of Islamic Art is a museum located in the Qatari capital Doha. The museum draws much influence from ancient Islamic architecture, yet has a unique design.
It was the first of its kind in Arab States of the Persian Gulf and has a very large collection of Islamic art, plus a study and a library.
The museum houses a collection of works gathered since the late 1980s, including manuscripts, textiles and ceramics. It is one of the world’s most complete collections of Islamic artifacts, with items originating in Spain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, India, and Central Asia. The museum has a total area of 45,000 m2 and lies on the edge of Doha harbour at the south end of Doha Bay.
Doha is the capital city of Qatar. Doha also serves as the seat of government of Qatar. Doha is home to the Education City, an area devoted to research and education.
Doha was the site of the first ministerial-level meeting of the Doha Development Round of World Trade Organization negotiations.
Much of Qatar's oil and natural gas wealth is visible in Doha, which is the economic centre of Qatar. Doha is home to the headquarters of the country's largest oil and gas companies, including Qatar Petroleum, Qatargas and RasGas. Qatar has a diverse and growing arts and entertainment industry. Doha is home to a number of sports stadiums, many of which were renovated in preparation for the 15th Asian Games, held in December 2006, which Doha spent $2.8 billion for preparation.