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January 9, 2009
Qatar opens Islamic art museum designed by I.M. Pei
It's the first of several major cultural projects to be built along the Persian Gulf
By BARBARA SURK
Associated Press Writer
Photo courtesy of the Museum of Islamic Art
The Museum of Islamic Art’s five-story stone building sits atop an artificial island a half-mile off the Qatari capital of Doha. I.M. Pei’s design was inspired by a ninth-century Egyptian mosque.
DOHA, Qatar — Qatar's new Islamic art museum, designed by the famous American architect I.M. Pei, is the latest effort by this tiny, oil-rich nation to compete with rival Gulf countries for international attention and investment.
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