For International Day of Islamic Art , the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is hosting a series of activities in celebration of Islamic art, which features throughout the museum’s extensive collection. 

The International Day of Islamic Art every 18 November, was declared during the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference in 2019, and aims to raise awareness of past and contemporary artistic expressions of Islam, as well as highlight the contributions of Islamic Art to civilisation.

To mark the day, MIA is running a social media campaign with a series of Instagram posts celebrating key dynasties and objects in Islamic history. Members of the community are also invited to take and share a selfie wearing Islamic art-inspired clothing.

MIA will launch the ‘MIA Favourites’ trail, which features objects selected by staff and why they chose the specific piece. The trail map can be collected at MIA’s Information Desk. MIA will also host a walk-in sewing workshop in the museum’s atrium where members of the community can create their own traditional textiles. The museum is also offering a Mixed Media Islamic Art class at 4 pm for children between eight and 11 years old. The class aims to encourage children to engage with contemporary Islamic Art. Meanwhile, on 24 November, MIA will host a workshop for children at 4 pm during which they can sketch the museum’s famous Blue Monkey.

Salem Abdulla al Aswad, Deputy Director of Learning and Outreach at MIA, is inviting members of the community to explore their vast collection of objects that encapsulates Islamic art over the past 1,400 years. The MIA Favourites trail, he said, is also great way for visitors to uncover hidden gems in their collection that they may not have noticed before.

All activities will be carried out with adherence to the necessary COVID-19 safety measures. To register to attend to one or more of the activities, visit