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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
    Associated Press Writer

    Photo courtesy of the Museum of Islamic Art [enlarge]
    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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