Qatar’s $434 million desert rose museum is a marvel

It took a decade and $434 million of the estimated cost to make Qatar’s national museum, shaped as a desert rose.

An exquisite ceremony took place on 6th April 2019, with the doors opening to the public on 7th April 2019.

Architecture to give a voice to heritage whilst celebrating (the) future,” tweeted the museum’s renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, also responsible for the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Location of Qatar’s National Museum

Location of Qatar's National Museum
Location of Qatar’s National Museum. Image Credits: World Architecture Community

The National Museum of Qatar stands on the same location where the former palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim al-Thani — son of the founder of modern Qatar is located. The palatial place has been restored as a part of a big project.

The grand museum celebrates Qatar’s Bedouin past and energy-rich present, according to the officials. It also reflects the country’s great wealth and ambition.

Distinctive Features of Qatar’s desert rose museum

Qatar's desert rose museum
Features of Qatar’s desert rose museum. Image Credits:
  • 114 fountain sculptures in a 900m long lagoon on the entrance
  • Multi-curved roof of the museum which gives you a feel of a giant jigsaw puzzle having 76,000 panels in 36,000 shapes and sizes
  • Gallery space of 1,500 meters
  • 19th-century carpet embroidered with 1.5 million Gulf pearls

“This is a museum that narrates the story of the people of Qatar,” said Sheikha Amna bint Abdulaziz bin Jassim al-Thani, the museum’s director.

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Tourist attraction spot in Qatar: Qatar’s desert rose museum

tourist attraction spot in Qatar: Qatar's desert rose museum
tourist attraction spot in Qatar: Qatar’s desert rose museum. Image Credits: The Jakarta Post

Qatar’s national museum opening today is subtle and has a futuristic 52,000-square meter structure. It will be the first noticeable building visitors to Qatar. The desert rose shaped museum is a one-of-its-kind for the country which is re-designed for the 2022 football World cup

Qatar is preparing for the football world cup rigorously and the spectacular national museum to be opened this week is amongst the other giant structures built in the country recently. The national library and the Museum of Islamic art are added to this list.

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If you are planning to visit Qatar, then after your land, make way to Central Qatar and you will find this magnificent structure waiting for your applause.

Qatar Museum’s post blockaded identity

Qatar's National Museum
Qatar’s National Museum. Image Credits: Dawn

It has been noticed since June 2017, Qatar has been diplomatically and economically blockaded by the neighboring former allies, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, for supporting terrorism.

Although, Qatar has rejected all charges and said the blockade is an attack on its sovereignty.

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This harsh dispute has fractured long-standing Gulf alliances and the new desert shaped museum will allow Qatar to fortify its separateness from its rivals, according to Sigurd Neubauer, a Middle East analyst based in Washington.

On the basic level the museum represents Qatari identity which has really accelerated in the post-blockade environment,” he quoted.

“It’s really not about the building, Qatar is trying to create an environment and national identity that provides a space towards independent thinking. It is doubling down on its own progressive reforms,” according to AFP.

Get ready for a spectacular opening of the Qatar museum today

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Anjali Kochhar

Anjali has worked with The Economic Times and FICCI and is into content development for 3 years. She is experienced in various genres of writing including lifestyle, political, social, and entertainment.

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