Qatar’s new Museum of Islamic Art, the flagship project of the Qatar Museums Authority, has signed a partnership agreement with the Qatar Financial Center (QFC) Authority which sees the Authority become the Museum’s Strategic Financial Partner for a 3-year period starting 1 January 2009.
The partnership agreement, which lasts until 31 December 2011, enables the QFC Authority and its staff to benefit from the Museum’s state-of-the-art hospitality, education and learning facilities. Features of the agreement include hosting corporate and social events on Museum premises, private tours of the Museum galleries, involvement with educational workshops at the Museum, linkage between QFC Authority and Museum of Islamic Art publications, websites and other materials, and sponsorship of future exhibitions.
QMA Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Al-Najjar commented on the new agreement: “When choosing a strategic partner, the museum looks for a partner who possesses the same aims as ourserlves. The Qatar Financial Center Authority has earned a reputation for establishing global standards, promoting Qatar to an international audience and being a world leader in its sector – three qualities the QFC Authority shares with the Museum of Islamic Art.”
The world’s largest dedicated Islamic art museum, the 45,000-square meter, five storey Museum of Islamic Art will be under the patronage of The Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani at a glittering ceremony on 22 November. One of the most significant cultural events in the history of Qatar, the spectacular ceremony will be the highlight of a week of celebrations before the museum opens its door to public visitors for the first time on Monday 1 December.
Stuart Pearce, CEO and Director General of the QFC Authority, said: “Qatar is very proud of its new cultural icon. The Museum of Islamic Art represents a range of different qualities that reflect modern day Qatar – its culture and heritage, modern architecture, sharing with the community and education. The QFC Authority is privileged to be the Museum’s Strategic Financial Partner and will contribute enthusiastically and materially to its activities, the development of its reputation internationally and its use as a part of Doha’s community.”
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