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More Doha Museum of Islamic Arts Photos

I have been so blessed. Since I moved back to Doha, five sets of visitors have come – in a mere eight weeks. My most recent guests were the most fun kind – they loved everything I love, especially the Souq al Waqif and the Doha Museum of Islamic Art. Even though we had a dust storm their entire visit, we laughed and had a wonderful visit.

I got to re-visit my Iznic pieces, most of these centuries old:




And last, but not Iznik, a showstopper necklace that just knocks my socks off every time I see it.


Those large chunks of rock? Real emeralds, the size of pebbles. Real diamonds, the size of ice cubes. Real pearls, a little wobbly, some of them, but they add such gloss and character. What red blooded woman wouldn’t love this piece?

The Museum, on Saturday, had many groups – closely-dropped Americans from the military base, black abaya’d school girls, a grouup of one mixed – maybe a religious family group, visiting particular exhibits of religious interest – and the Museum welcomed so many visitors and absorbed them without us feeling the least bit crowded. . . well, maybe once when we watched a group of about 40 enter one very large elevator. We chose to take the next elevator, which we had entirely to ourselves.

It was never noisy – the water from the fountain tamps down the sound. Even the normally intrusive ringing of the security guard phones was stilled during the afternoon visit. Pity the Book of Secrets exhibit is now closed.

Every time I go to this museum, I am awed by the beauty, the expense, the spaciousness – and in amazement that this beautiful facility is a gift to the people – there is no charge for admission. I just really really wish they would put in a coffee shop!
It was another delightful day at the DMIA. 🙂

August 2, 2009 - Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Doha, ExPat Life, Friends & Friendship, Living Conditions, Qatar


  1. I remember this necklace! Beautiful, and also very interesting to see how diamond cutting has changed over the centuries.

    glad the Museum is getting so many visitors!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | August 2, 2009 | Reply

  2. This is like taking a jog down memory lane : switch the Doha Museum of Islamic Art with the Kuwait National Museum, from back in its heyday.

    Comment by We, the circumcised | August 3, 2009 | Reply

  3. Little Diamond, you know me, I like the old cabochon cut!

    Hey, “Circumcised,” I wondered where you had been! I wish the Kuwait National Museum would open again – what – it’s been 19 years?

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 4, 2009 | Reply

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