Msheireb Museums commemorated International Museums Day 2019 and celebrated its nomination to the Aga Khan Award in Architecture during a Ghabga (early Suhoor) organised by Msheireb Properties for employees and stakeholders recently.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is the most prestigious prize in the field, established by Aga Khan IV in 1977 to reward architectural concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of Islamic societies. Msheireb Museums has been nominated earlier in May, and the winners will be announced in August this year.

Speaking on the nomination, Acting CEO of Msheireb Properties Ali Al Kuwari said the news has been a great surprise for them. He said the award is one of the most prestigious accolades in the field, and they are honoured to have been shortlisted and considered by its governing body to represent Qatar.

This is the first time since the 1970s that any building in the country has been nominated for this prize, which is an acknowledgement of the work that underlined the revival of the four traditional houses and the purpose they serve.’

The International Museums Day 2019 celebrates museums as cultural hubs and the role they play in engaging communities. In today’s world, museums are continuously working to transform their practices to remain closer to their communities, looking for innovative ways to tackle contemporary social issues and advocate local and global topics. Their mission transcends putting history on display, to using it to establish dialogue between cultures, build bridges, and define a sustainable future.

They work in collaboration with various partners, according to Msheireb Museums Director Dr Hafiz Ali, and that through this effort, they continuously attempt to create a platform that leverages history to understand the present and make the future better for all.

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