Arts & Culture

National Museum of Qatar set to open on the 28th of March

The highly anticipated National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ), also known as ‘The Desert Rose’ is officially to open its doors for the public on Thursday, the 28th of March. The museum is designed by architect Jean Nouvel, taking inspiration from the Qatari desert, focusing on the blade-shaped petals of the Desert Rose.

The structure of the museum is up to 52,000 square meters and is located by the Doha Corniche. It will consist of 11 galleries and will present 700 million years of Qatari history and traditions. Visitors will discover a significant historical journey through a 0.9-mile walk, where emotional and multi-sensory moments will be experienced through music, aromas and narrations.

Highlights of the museum include:
– The restored palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, son of Qatar’s founder.
– The Pearl Carpet of Baroda which is embroidered and embellished with more than 1.5 million pearls of the Gulf.
– The works of Qatari artists such as Ali Hassan and Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali. Al Thani will be showcased. Iraqi artist Ahmed Al Bahrani will also be featured.
– 114 fountains with water streams that mimic the flow of Arabic calligraphy.
– A lagoon that stretches up to 900 meters.
– An auditorium with 220 seats.
– Several shops, cafes and restaurants.
– The oldest Holy Qur’an discovered in Qatar, dating back to the 1800s.

Visiting museum is not to be missed, from 28th March onwards you can start planning your visit. To find out more, visit

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