Qatar and its capital city, Doha, isn't just a destination for those with private jets. It's also a burgeoning intellectual and media hub. It hosts the headquarters of Al-Jazeera, the Mideast campuses of Georgetown, Texas A&M, and Northwestern Universities-and of one the most ambitious sets of cultural goals since the robber barons and empire builders of America founded so many grand institutions a century ago.

Qatar does big things in a spectacular way. In 2008 when it opened the Museum of Islamic Art, a grand limestone behemoth by I. M. Pei, a flotilla of vintage ships sailed V.I.P. guests representing the world's great museums. Later, Robert De Niro floated up from the sea in a revolving open-air elevator to announce the Tribeca Film Festival was starting a Doha outpost.

The Qatar National Museum opened in 1975 in a restored palace

new museum's innovative design created by eminent architect Jean Nouvel is inspired by the desert sand rose and grows organically around the former palace. This unprecedented 21st century institution will celebrate the culture, heritage and future of Qatar and its people. It reflects and belongs to a new era in Qatari prosperity, the country's prominent role in the Arabian Gulf community and its world standing. The National Museum of Qatar is currently closed and the new museum is scheduled to open in December 2014.

The Museum of Islamic Art- The vision of His Highness The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, is to mold the State of Qatar into a capital of culture. Under the umbrella of QMA, the Museum of Islamic Art is the flagship project of His Highness's vision. The Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar, is a museum for the world.

It will bring the world to Doha, but it will also connect Doha to the world. The Museum of Islamic Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of Islamic art in the world, and as well, a centre of education and information in the field of the arts of the Islamic world. Through the vision of its leadership and the dedication of its staff, the Museum of Islamic Art will manifest this commitment by establishing, preserving, and documenting a collection that reflects the vitality, the complexity, and the diversity of the arts of the Islamic world.

The Orientalist Museum has of one of the most significant collections of Orientalist art ever assembled in the world. It offers a unique ideology of Orientalist art history and is the only institution in the world dedicated solely to Orientalist art. Its collection of paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints, as well as

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originally built in the early 20th century by Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani. It served as his family residence and the seat of government for approximately 25 years. In addition to the original Amiri Palace, the former Qatar National Museum included a Museum of the State, a lagoon and a very popular marine aquarium. In 1980 the building won the Agha Khan award for restoration and rehabilitation of Islamic architecture. This splendid monument to Qatar's past is now preserved as the heart of the new National Museum of Qatar. The

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