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Learn Calligraphy in MIA

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Experience hosted by Maja

4 hours
Includes tickets, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in Arabic, English

What you'll do

As part of Qatar Museums, our co-host Museum of Islamic Art offers unique calligraphy workshops with specialized experts.

Islamic calligraphy is associated with geometric Islamic art, arabesque, on the walls and ceilings of mosques as well as on the page. For Muslims it is a visible expression of the highest art of all, the art of the spiritual world.

Discover the world of calligraphy in the Gulf’s most prominent center of Islamic art and its history – Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art. Calligraphy is the writing of Arabic letters in a beautiful way, also calligraphy was a tool of communication. However, its letters were used as an aesthetic to decorate buildings, coins and other art pieces. The reason it is used for decoration is that it is connected with continuous letters which help the calligrapher to create geometric and vegetal shapes . Through rotation, and intertwining of the letters, the artist was able to create different types of scripts . Therefore, Arabic calligraphy was associated with decoration.

The workshop is held with our expert calligrapher Mr. Hussein Ammar Mukhtar Ahmed and after it, explore fourteen centuries long history of the Islamic art on a tour of the museum collection with special focus on calligraphy. The activities continue with tour of the museum library, followed by specially created treasure hunt.
As part of Qatar Museums, our co-host Museum of Islamic Art offers unique calligraphy workshops with specialized experts.

Islamic calligraphy is associated with geometric Islamic art, arabesque, on the walls and ceilings of mosques as well as on the page. For Muslims it is a visible expression of the highest art of all, the art of the spiritual world.

Discover the world of calligraphy in the Gulf’s most prominent center of I…

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What's included

  • Tickets
    Museum entrance
  • Equipment
    Workshop materials
From $100
/ person
Mon, Nov 2
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
$100 per person
$100 per person

Meet your host, Maja

Host on Airbnb since 2020
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Currently, Head of Guest Relations at Qatar Museums (QM), for more than 6 years I was heading QM Cultural Tourism and working on many related projects. I represent QM which connects the museums, cultural institutions and heritage sites in Qatar. It provides a comprehensive organization for development of museums and cultural projects, with a long term ambition of creating a strong and sustainable cultural infrastructure.

Allow me to introduce to you our co-host, calligraphy expert, Mr. Hussein Ammar Mukhtar Ahmed who has held numerous successful workshops in MIA since 2012. He graduated at the College of Fine and Applied Art (Arabic and Latin Calligraphy and Islamic Ornamentation) at the University of Sudan for Science and Technology.
Currently, Head of Guest Relations at Qatar Museums (QM), for more than 6 years I was heading QM Cultural Tourism and working on many related projects. I represent QM which connects the museums, cultural institutions and heritage sites in Qatar. It provides a comprehensive organization for development of museums and cultural projects, with a long term ambition of creating a strong and sustainable cultural infrastructure.

Allow me to introduce to you our co-host, calligraphy expert, Mr…
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Where you'll be

The workshop will be held in Education Wing of the Museum of Islamic Art, designed by world-renowned architect I.M. Pei. It is a landmark of Qatar and outstanding part of Doha skyline, rising directly from the waterline.
Its museum collection represents the full scope and diversity of Islamic art collected from three continents. It includes manuscripts, metal, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, and precious stones.

Choose from available dates

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  • Mon, Nov 2
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    $100 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

More tips

Dress code is modest casual attire, as for the museum visit it is advised that the knees and shoulders are covered.