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Posted On: 12 November 2009 02:33 pm
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Qatar National Museum to open in 2012

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With its signature project, Museum of Islamic Arts, completing one year of operation, Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) is waiting to unveil the next project Qatar National Museum. The museum, which is expected to be opened in 2012, promises to be yet another milestone. “Qatar National Museum will take away peoples breath when we announce it,” said Roger Mandle, Executive Director, QMA. “Though it is undergoing renovation and expansion, the whole project is up to the scale of MIA. The massive project will not only be transformative of the national museum’s identity and also the definition of museum,” he said. Qatar National Museum was shut down for refurbishing in 2007. Prior to this, the museum was closed in mid 2002 to 2006 for restoration. The remodeled museum with an annex by the French architect Jean Nouvel will open between 2012 and 2013. Meanwhile, MIA is all set to host a number of events as part of Doha, the Arab Cultural Capital 2010 festival. Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage has already planned a year long celebration in 2010. “We hope to organise a huge exhibition at the opening of 2010 cultural festival along with a number of events to be announced shortly. We will have major shows at MIA hope to have exhibitions in other parts of Qatar and the region also,” he said. It is learnt that the MIA will have its second temporary exhibition in January. The expo, Kingdom of Pearls will pay homage to the pearl fisheries in the Arabian Gulf and reveal an unknown world full of beauty and wonder.