The best museums and art galleries in the next FIFA World Cup host country
The rolling of a ball will be the perfect excuse to enter the fascinating culture of a country that promises to welcome with open arms all those who visit it motivated by their passion for sport. Qatar 2022 will be the sporting event of this year. However, between matches, between goals, it would be useful to learn a little more about the host country of world Cup. And what better option than its museums and art galleries.
The fact that the football World Cup to be held for the first time in the Middle East is already a historic sporting, social and cultural event. It is also historic that for the first time the tournament will not be played in the middle of the year but in the last months of the year: from November 21 to December 18.
Thus, those lucky enough to experience Qatar 2022 live from the Middle East have the luxury of briefly suspending their footballing euphoria to take a cultural bath in order to better understand, apprehend and enjoy all that the host country of the next FIFA World Cup has to offer.
Qatar’s cultural offer 2022
Surrounded by the aroma and fascinating panorama of the desert, Qatar 2022 can be enjoyed in many ways. Not just through the 64 matches that will reveal who the new king of world football is. Even if you were in the host country for the 27 days of this prestigious tournament, you wouldn’t have enough time to immerse yourself in the magnificent Arab culture.
The Football World Cup is the perfect excuse to recreate the spirit with spectacular Arabic calligraphy or products from the ancestral techniques of Al Khous or Al Sadu weaving, goldsmithing and jewelry, body art in henna or beautiful plaster carvings.
There are also the unmissable visits to the souks, traditional markets in the alleys and central squares of Qatar where you can find all kinds of typical products such as food, jewelry, textiles, perfumes, handicrafts and memories. Or what about the sublime urban sculptures like Gandhi’s Three Monkeys, the Desert Horse or the Mother.
Museums and Art Galleries in Qatar 2022
And of course, the collection of many of the aforementioned cultural products in enclosures which, like trunks, treasure the jewels of the culture of the host country of the next FIFA World Cup: the various museums and art galleries. Below are some of the most interesting options to visit during your stay in Qatar 2022.
Al Markhiya Gallery
If you’re looking for a glimpse of modern Qatari art, this is your best option, as this private collection exhibits works by several artists from the Arab world. Avant-garde paintings, portraits and sculptures are what you will appreciate. It is located in the heart of Doha, nine kilometers from the city center.
Nearby stadiums: 974 Stadium – Khalifa International Stadium, 9 km / Al Thumama Stadium, 12 km
Islamic Art Museum
It was closed for renovations and is expected to reopen before the FIFA World Cup. You will find pieces worked in metal, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, textiles, coins and glass. This museum is pleasing from the architecture itself as it was designed to feel like an island of culture within the complete West Bay skyline.
Nearby stadiums: Stadium 974, 4km
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
It opened its doors in 2010 and since then it is responsible for being the bridge between more than 9,000 works of art from the Arab world. Its collection ranges from 1840 to contemporary works. Paintings, sculptures and other works that aim to tell the Arab world from the point of view of its artists. It is located in the heart of Education City Center in Al Rayyan Municipality.
Nearby stadiums: Education City Stadium, 1.5km / Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, 9km
Located in the heart of downtown Msheireb in Doha, the oldest district of the Qatari capital, this cultural center is the great memorial to the history of Qatar. It is made up of four heritage houses that together tell the key figures and periods in the history of the host country of the next FIFA World Cup.
Nearby stadiums: Stadium 974, 6.5km / Khalifa International Stadium, 10km
National Museum of Qatar
An experience that delights all the senses. It was built in the area once intended for the palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani, which served as the seat of the Qatari government for 25 years. Its architecture is inspired by the natural crystalline formations known as the desert rose. It will take you on a journey through the evolution of this country from prehistory to the modern era.
Nearby stadiums: 974 Stadium, 3.4km / Al Thumama Stadium, 12km
Price: $14 (adults), $7 (students), child 16 and under, free
Souq Waqif Arts Center
If you are looking to soak up traditional Islamic and Middle Eastern art, this will be your go-to spot. Located in the heart of Doha’s central market, it offers workshops and studios allowing new generations of Qatari artists to hone their talent.
Nearby stadiums: 974 Stadium, 6.7km / Khalifa International Stadium, 11km