The new Museum of Islamic Art at Doha, Qatar was opened on December 1st 2008. Designed by I.M. Pei (Pritzker Prize-winner), the museum was built to house masterpieces spanning three continents from the 7th to the 19th century. The building covers 376,740-square-foot area sited in Doha Bay in the Arabian Gulf.
“With the opening of the Museum of Islamic Art, the state of Qatar has become an important contributor to the international art world,” said Abdulla Al Najjar, CEO of the Qatar Museums Authority. “We are proud to open the doors of this magnificent I.M Pei masterpiece, and to share with the world the exceptional depth and vitality of Islamic art.”