Members of the community are encouraged to host their own uniquely immersive experiences through the platform

As part of its ongoing effort to promote Qatar’s rich heritage, Qatar Museums (QM) has launched a number of cultural activities and tours through Airbnb Experiences, an extension of the global online rental marketplace that curates a host of unique offerings led by locals from cities all across the world. 

The initial roll out of QM’s Airbnb Experiences will provide locals and visitors to Qatar with experiences co-hosted by the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA). These include Learn Calligraphy @ MIA, which lets participants discover the world of calligraphy with specialised experts who will delve into the art of Islamic calligraphy and its association with geometric Islamic art and the arabesque form.

Museum of Islamic Art

Learn about the Art of Illumination @ MIA will see specialised experts provide a tour of the museum and its iconic design by world-renowned architect IM Pei, followed by a workshop exploring the details of the art of illumination and how it affects museum spaces. Explore the History of Islamic Art @ MIA meanwhile, will take visitors on a tour of the museum’s permanent collection that represents the full scope and diversity of Islamic art dating from the 7th through to the 19th century.

HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, is inviting the wider community and regional and international visitors to Qatar, to explore the rich artistic tapestry of the country. She said that much can be learned about the country’s history and influences by exploring the architecture throughout the city.

We encourage members of the community to join us in serving as local ambassadors of Qatar by hosting their own Airbnb Experiences that showcase their distinctive hobbies.

Each of our individual passions contributes to our collective cultural identity and this is an amazing opportunity to showcase these to as many (people) as possible and provide the community and visitors to Qatar with a truly immersive experience.

Those with a passion for architecture can sign up to Explore Unique Architecture of the MIA for a guided tour and workshop introducing participants to the geometric patterns of the Islamic world that adorn the spaces of the museum, including the ceilings of the elevators.

To enjoy the beautiful view of the Doha skyline, Qatar Museums is also hosting an Afternoon Tea in Jiwan, taking guests back to Qatar’s roots in a beautiful setting that showcases the architecture and interior design of the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ).

In the coming months, Qatar Museums will expand its Airbnb Experiences with tours and activities by Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, NMoQ, IDAM, the Public Art Department and the Division of Cultural Heritage.

For more details about Qatar Museums’ Airbnb Experiences, visit qm.org.qa.

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