Qatar Museums announces host of activities for December

  • 11 months   ago
Qatar Museums announces host of activities for December
Community invited to sign up for gallery tours, webinars and calligraphy workshops 
Qatar Museums has launched a number of events and activities catering to a wide array of interests and artistic passions, to be hosted across its cultural institutions throughout the month of December. 
Members of the community can look forward to a range of culturally enriching programs designed to promote creativity and take art beyond four walls.  

Museum of Islamic Art (MIA)

  • Kufic Advanced

    • 4:00pm - 6:00pm, 6, 13, 20, 27 December
    • The word 'Kufic' is related to the city of the same name in Iraq, Kufa, and was developed from Hijazi script.  Kufic calligraphy is characterized by its bold, vertical letters, which have the look of modern design. The four-part course for adults will build on the Kufic Intermediate course, introducing more complex patterns and designs.
    • To sign up, please visit 
  • Ruq'ah Advanced

    • 10:30am - 12:30pm on 12, 19, 26 December
    • This advanced program for children and teenagers is the highest level of Ruq’ah teaching available at MIA. The simple, clear style of Ruq'ah script is one of the earliest calligraphy styles and was invented at the Ottoman court, reaching its height of popularity in the 19th century. Once participants have mastered Ruq'ah, they can progress to the further study of Naskh, Diwani, or other related scripts. To sign up, please visit 
  • Diwani for Beginners

    • 10:30am - 12:30pm on 12, 19, 26 December 
    • Diwani is a style of calligraphy developed during the time of the early Ottomans. Originally developed for the diwan, Diwani was one of the secrets of the sultan’s palace and was used for writing royal decrees and other documents. Diwani calligraphy is known for its beautiful and harmonious appearance on the page. This four-part course introduces children and teenagers to this exquisite script, progressing from writing the alphabet to full sentences throughout the course of the program. In order to take this course, you must have completed a Ruq'ah course with MIA before. To sign up, please visit 
  • Islamic Art Club

    • 5:00pm - 6:30pm on 9 December 
    • “The Man & the Mystery: The Making of Sheikh Saoud”: How has he defined history, and what remains of his lasting legacy? Join in the discussion with those involved in creating the exhibition, including the co-curator Dr. Mounia Chekhab Abudaya; Dr. Giles Hudson (Curator of Photography, Orientalist Museum); and MIA’s exhibition/collections team (Elisa Maduro and Juan Martinez). To sign up, please contact
  • Recycling!

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm on Saturday, 5 December 
    • Children and youth aged 8 to 14 are invited to put old boxes and tins to good use and create a new, useful, and decorative objects for their homes during a workshop at the MIA Atrium. Find out why recycling is so important to the ongoing health of our planet and how we can all contribute at home. To sign up, please visit 
  • Curator-led Tour: A Falcon’s Eye

    • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm on Tuesday, 8 December
    • Join exhibition curator, Dr. Mounia Abudaya, for a tour of MIA's special exhibition, A Falcon's Eye: Tribute to Sheikh Saoud Al Thani.  Sheikh Saoud was responsible for acquiring the foundation collections for many of the QM museums but as well as being an avid collector, he was also an environmentalist dedicated to saving rare species. Learn more about this amazing man and his passion for art and knowledge in this special tour. To sign up please contact
  • Curator-led Tour: A Falcon’s Eye (Photography Special)

    • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Thursday 10 December
    • The 4th Floor Galleries are currently hosting the Photography and Camera section of the A Falcon's Eye: Tribute to Sheikh Saoud exhibition.  Join exhibition curator, Dr. Giles Hudson, for an informal tour of the galleries and learn more about the fascinating art of photography and its early history as well as seeing some very unusual cameras. To sign up please contact
  • Painting for Adults (A Falcon’s Eye: Tribute to Sheikh Saoud Al Thani)

    • 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, 13 – 16 December
    • Improve your painting skills through painting one of the  magnificent objects in A Falcon's Eye exhibition. This workshop will allow participants to work on their artistic visual skills by mixing colours and painting on canvas and paper. To sign up please visit 
  • Clay inspired by A Falcon’s Eye: Tribute to Sheikh Saoud Al Thani

    • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, 21 - 23 December,
    • Inspired by an inscribed jar from A Falcon's Eye exhibition, in this course students will work with clay, using coiling technique and practice on the proportions, starting with the basic form and ending up working on the details.  To sign up please visit 

National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ)

  • Travelers to Qatar from the Past

    • 6:00pm - 7:00pm on Wednesday, 2 December  
    • Over the centuries, people from different countries have visited the shores of Qatar. But who were these people and why did they come? The National Museum contains many of the diaries, letters, and records of these travelers, which tell of their perceptions of Qatar. Join our webinar to find out what they wrote. The webinar will be hosted in Arabic, with simultaneous English translation. To book, please email  
  • Story of the National Flag

    • 6:00pm - 7:00pm on Wednesday, 9 December  
    • The national flag connects our present to our past and instills in us the sense of belonging and loyalty to our great country. The flag has a unique story and a long history behind its current form. Join this webinar to hear its interesting story. The webinar will be held in Arabic, with simultaneous English translation. To book, please email   
  • Exploring the Poetry of Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani  

    • 6pm - 7:30pm on Wednesday, 16 December  
    • The poetry of Sheikh Jassim can be found throughout the National Museum of Qatar. But what do we know of this very important person in Qatari history? Join our special webinar and discover who Sheikh Jassim was, his role in Qatar’s history, and why his poetry appears at the National Museum. The webinar will be held in Arabic, with simultaneous English translation. Email to book your place. 

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art 

  • Artist Encounters with artist Ebtisam Al Saffar 

    • 4:00pm - 7:00pm on 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 Dec  Mathaf offers a unique opportunity for adults to work with artists to design a series of workshops that link an element of their personal creative process with an aspect related to the creation of the artworks in the Mathaf Collection.  
For a full list of upcoming events and activities, please visit