At the southern end of the Doha Corniche, within one of the city’s most striking buildings, you'll find over 1,400 years’ worth of Islamic art and cultural artifacts. Inspired by past, present and future, the Museum of Islamic Art combines over a millennium of Islamic architecture and heritage with unique, contemporary designs involving geometric patterns and luxurious stylings.
This landmark was actually designed by renowned architect I. M. Pei, who designed Hong Kong's Bank of China Tower, the Louvre Pyramid and the John F. Kennedy Library among others. Coming out of retirement to help construct Doha's Museum of Islamic Art, Pei requested for it to be built upon an artificial peninsula in order to diminish any obstructions from future buildings as well as to have its western and northern facades reach into Doha's harbour to highlight Qatar's rich seafaring past.
With a collection of art stretching from over three continents, dating from the seventh to the 20th century, the cultural artifacts you will find inside the museum itself will surely be some of the best attractions you see in Doha. Its collection includes regional metal- glass- and woodwork, rare Quranic manuscripts, as well as textiles, ceramics and jewellery which provide a unique look into Islamic, Arabic and Qatari history.