and Refurbishment Work at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar

Qatar Public Works Auhtority - Ashghal / Qatar Museums

  • Facility Type
    Educational and Cultural Facility, Museum
  • Designer
    M/s Wilmotte & Associes SA
  • Supervision Consultant
    M/s Wilmotte & Associes SA


LOCATION: The Corniche, Doha-Qatar
DURATION: 15 months

SCOPE OF WORK: Main Entrances, Majlis, Atrium, Museum Gift Shop and Cafe, and Specified Permanent Galleries

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is Qatar Museum’s forerunner inaugurated in 2008. Designed by the renowned Pritzker Award Winning Architect, I.M. Pei, in his retirement, the Museum features collections of over 14 centuries of Islamic Art in the Arab States, and a first of its kind ever established.

Situated on a purpose-built artificial island off the Doha Corniche overlooking the South End of the Doha Bay, the Museum secures an unobstructed view from the 7-kilometer  road. Occupying more than 45,000 sqm. of built-area, it houses four (4) floors of permanent and temporary exhibits and galleries. An haute cuisine restaurant on the top floor, a gift shop and a café on the ground floor, and an educational wing with a heritage library and a lecture hall complete the amenities on the Main Building.

Surrounded by a collection of bespoke parks, it boasts 290,000 sqm. of green spaces, plazas, outdoor seating areas, convergence zones, cafes, and art installations arranged in a crescent layout that complements the unique design of the Museum.

The Project is the refurbishment of the main spaces within the Museum as part of the Qatar Museum’s upgrade in preparation for the World Cup in 2022.

It includes the full refurbishment of the Main Entrances, the Majlis, the Atrium and Museum Café, the Museum Gift Shop, and specified Permanent Galleries. It also incorporates a revamp of the Public Spaces, Circulation Spaces, Toilets, and Prayer Rooms.

A new Audio Visual Production to supply images, animation, and videos, together with Iconography of Displays are also special features included within the Scope of Work.

The Project is a major endeavor in the Qatar Museum’s objective to enhance the visitors' experience while preserving the design concept of the building.

The Project is headed and supervised by M/s Wilmotte & Associes SA.

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