Ancient treasures soon to be displayed at the NMoQ


The National Museum of Qatar also known as the Desert Rose

Splendours of the Ancient East: Antiquities from the al-Sabah Collection at the National Museum of Qatar will be on display between March 26 - July 1, 2020. The collection exhibited at the NMoQ will include around 170 priceless objects in gold, silver, glass, and precious stones collected by Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and Sheikha Hussa Al-Salem Al-Sabah of Kuwait, revealing the continuity of artistic themes and motifs from ancient Arabia and central Asia into the Islamic period.

al-Sabah Collection exhibits

The National Museum of the State of Qatar opened to the public on March 28, 2019. The building, which is built on the site of the original Qatar National Museum, was designed by world-renowned French architect Jean Nouvel. The historic palace was restored by the Berlin architectural firm ZRS Architekten Ingenieure. The museum is made up of a series of interconnected disks, creating shaded spaces designed to protect museum visitors from desert heat. The entrance to the building is decorated with 114 fountain sculptures in a 900 meter long lagoon. The uneven roof of the museum is remarkably reminiscent of giant puzzle pieces, consisting of 76,000 panels in 3,600 different shapes and sizes.

The National Museum of Qatar complex

The Museum was of opened by His Majesty Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar. Among the invited VIP guests were Vladimír Cnota, President of the CCPF Czech-Qatar Chamber of Commerce, together with his wife Mrs. Natalia Cnota. In an interview at the time Mr. Cnota said: "The opening ceremony was in one word amazing. I was honored to be here. It was a very prestigious event and people from the whole world visited Qatar. It was attended by icons of world culture, art, architecture, sports and business, as well as other celebrities and friends of Qatar."

Selected pictures from 2019 Grand Opening Ceremony

Mr. Cnota continued to state that: "Grand Opening of the Museum was brilliantly accompanied by a week full of events, workshops and other cultural events with the participation of all the celebrities. We had the great honor of greeting His Majesty Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and, for me personally, a visionary and world art leader, Sheikh Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. The Qataris are otherwise extremely helpful, calm and level-headed people with open arms to all nations of the world, which could be an inspiration for others." Sheikha Amna bint Abdulaziz bin Jassim Al Thani, director of the National Museum said: "It's a museum that tells the story of the people of Qatar."

There was an article published about the event in Czech media (in Czech):