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Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art to reopen in October

More than 1,000 items, many unseen works of art, will be exhibited.

Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art to reopen in October
[Source photo: Anvita Gupta/Fast Company Middle East]

After a significant renovation, Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art will reopen on October 5, just in time for the FIFA World Cup in November. The museum’s reopening is a part of Qatar Creates, a year-round national initiative that strives to promote a variety of cultural pursuits in the country.

After debuting in 2008, the museum has been closed since April 2021. The permanent collection galleries have been reinstalled and rearranged with wide-ranging historical and cultural topics, periods, and geography. They will showcase “the great traditions of Islamic craftsmanship,” according to officials. More than 1,000 items, many are recent acquisitions and previously unseen works of art, are another attraction point.

The temporary exhibition Baghdad: Eye’s Delight (October  26 – February 23), which introduces and celebrates one of the world’s most influential cities, will debut at the museum soon after it reopens. It will examine the city’s history as the capital of the great Abbasid caliphs (750–1258) and its legacy in the 20th century when it flourished as an art, culture, and commerce hub.

The recently renovated 19th-century Damascus Room exhibits aspects of Ottoman life and is one of the key new attractions. 

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