The collection within the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha spans three continents and more than 1,400 years, making it the largest collection of Islamic art on the planet. Built on reclaimed land just of Doha’s Corniche, the structure was designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect I.M. Pei, who took inspiration from ancient Islamic architecture in crafting this postmodern masterpiece.
The collection—ceramics, metalwork, textiles, glass and manuscripts, among others—are spread across three floors; the ground floor houses a museum shop and a cafe with a stellar view of Doha Bay, where visitors can take a break over some French Arabic cuisine.
The neighboring MIA Park is free and open 24 hours a day.
The best way to get to the museum is by taxi, but there is also a free shuttle bus that runs between the museum and Mathaf from Wednesday to Sunday.