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Qatar Museums Authority
Al Dafna
Doha
Qatar

The Qatar Museums (QM) is the lead body for museums in Qatar. Established in 2005 by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, former Emir of the State of Qatar, the QM aims to combine the resources of all museums in Qatar, providing a comprehensive organization for museum development and establishing an effective system for collecting, protecting, preserving and interpreting historic sites, monuments,and artifacts.

Chaired by Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the QM seeks to engage and connect diverse audiences – nationally and internationally – with a program that welcomes the world to Doha. During the years, the scope of activities of the QM widened and it soon became the managing body of an ambitious plan that aims to make Qatar a world class cultural destination, notably in modern and contemporary art.

The QM was the bid leader for Qatar's successful candidature to join the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in 2011. Qatar also had its first World Heritage site, Al ZubarahArchaeological Site, inscribed during the afternoon session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee on 22 June 2013 in Phom Penh, Cambodia.

In addition to the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, the QM currently oversees MIA Park, QM Gallery at Katara, ALRIWAQ DOHA Exhibition Space, the Al Zubarah World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, and archaeological projects throughout Qatar, as well as the development of future projects and museums that will highlight its collections and areas of activity of interest to the Qatari people, including Orientalist art, photography, sports, children’s education, and wildlife conservation. Future projects include the opening of the Fire Station: Artists in Residence in 2014 and the launch of the highly anticipated National Museum of Qatar.

It is important to note that the scope of actions of the QM goes beyond developing museums and art galleries and restoring archaeological sites to other activities, such as organizing and sponsoring various events locally and internationally. Notable examples of these are: the organization of the Doha Tribeca Film Festivalin 2009, the installation of a Louise Bourgeoisgiant sculpture in the Qatar National Convention Center, the sponsoring of the World Cinema Foundation, the sponsoring of exhibitions abroad by international artists including Japanese artist Takashi Murakami's exhibition in Château de Versailles, and English artist and art collector Damien Hirst's exhibition at Tate Modern in 2012.

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