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Atrium Upon entrance, at the heart of the museum with capacity of Roundtables for up to 700 guests; standing reception for up to 2,000 guests

About The Museum of Islamic Art

The Museum of Islamic Art represents Islamic art from three continents over 1,400 years. MIA is the flagship of Qatar Museums which, under the leadership of its Chairperson H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, is transforming the State of Qatar into a cultural capital of the Middle East.

MIA sheds light on our origins to illuminate our future. Through safeguarding masterpiece collections of Islamic art and showcasing extraordinary exhibitions, MIA shares knowledge, spreading curiosity, understanding, and joy.

The museum building has rapidly become an iconic feature of the Doha landscape. Standing alone on reclaimed land, the building draws much influence from ancient Islamic architecture, notably the Ibn Tulun Mosque in Cairo.

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect I.M. Pei, the Museum is comprised of a main building with an adjacent education wing connected by a large central courtyard. The main building rises five-storeys, topped by a high domed atrium within a central tower.

The cream-coloured limestone captures the changes in light and shade during the day.

The interior is no less spectacular. The centrepiece of the atrium is a curved double staircase leading up to the first floor. Above it floats an ornate circular metal chandelier echoing the curve of the staircase.

An oculus, at the top of the atrium, captures and reflects patterned light within the faceted dome. The five-storey 45-metre tall window on the north side gives spectacular panoramic views across the bay.

The geometric patterns of the Islamic world adorn the spaces, including the ceilings of the elevators. A variety of textures and materials from wood and stone has created a unique environment for the museum’s stunning collections.

You can find out more about the architecture of the museum in the MIA Library and there are also several books available from the Museum Gift Shop.

Venue Name/Capacity Theatre Classroom Cabaret Banquet Buffet Banquet Reception U-Shape
Atrium 700 - 480 500 600 1000 -
MIA Park - - - - - 20,000 -
Western Courtyard 150 - 200 250 250 400 -
Eastern Courtyard 200 - 320 400 400 800 -
Majlis 20 - - - - - 20
MIA Classroom 120 80 80 - - - 20
Classroom Foyer - - - - - 100 -
Auditorium 195 - - - - 200 -
IDAM Restaurant - - 60 - - - -
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