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National Museum of Qatar, Doha

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Learn about the history and future of this Middle Eastern country at National Museum of Qatar. The design of the museum building takes inspiration from a desert rose and it covers an area of 39,950 sq m (430,000 sq ft). Experience an innovative way of learning with entire walls of cinema screens and mobile devices as guides. Thematic exhibitions represent the desert and the Persian Gulf, detail how tribal wars happened, and outline how they established Qatar as a state, plus its discovery of oil. The museum includes outlets, restaurants, and an auditorium. Plan my Doha trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • I flew to Doha to see, rather experience, this new museum by Nouvel. It was worth every hour in the air to do so. It is really breathtaking, functionally and aesthetically. From the outside, one feels...  more »
  • To do can be with a guide to understand the story. The exterior architecture is beautiful, the museum is modern but we quickly went around...
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  • Qatar is a young nation in the Persian Gulf, a peninsula, a tongue surrounded by water where the desert reaches into the sea. The Qatari descend from a nomadic Arabian people who settled in this maritime desert. Some became fishermen, others hunted for pearls. Some looked to the nation’s hidden treasures, the resources that lay beneath the sand or under the sea. Others, inspired by their country’s central location in the Gulf, began to talk, to communicate, to reach out. The impulse for this metamorphosis came from Doha. A glance at photographs of Doha in the 1950s and 1960s, compared with today, is sufficient to understand how much this part of the world has changed. From a little village, it has become a capital. What could be more natural, then, than the desire to testify, to talk about identification, about the evolving identity of this country as it reveals itself on the sensitive paper of history? And what could be more logical than to give concrete expression to this identification process in a National Museum of Qatar that will relate the physical, human and economic geography of the country, together with its history? One place was symbolically destined to fulfill this role: the cradle of the Al Thani family in Doha; a modest, noble, simple palace from where this twentieth-century adventure began. It stands at the city’s southern entrance, the busiest urban gateway as it also welcomes visitors arriving from the airport.
  • Got a chance to help building this uniquely designed architecture in Qatar. It's been ages since they started constructing. Hope the wait pays off.
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