Friday, 18 May 2018

Family activities organised for Ramadhan at the Museum of Islamic Art

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Doha, Qatar will be offering a wide selection of activities for the whole family every night for the first two weeks of Ramadhan.

Activities include lectures and poetry recitals for adults, the MIA Bazaar and walk-in craft activities for children and families.

Lectures on Ramadhan will be in Arabic and English. Events begin at 9pm. Speakers include:

19 May - Nasser Al Hajri
The History of Marriage in the Islamic World

20 May - Khalifa Al Said

Ramadan in the Past

21 May - Dr Fetih Ahmed

Ramadan and Community Development

(Note: this lecture will begin at 10 pm)

22 May

Poetry Evening with the Mauritanian Community

26 May - Dr Moein Sadek

Title to be confirmed - check MIA's Ramadhan page online for updates

27 May - Dr Tara Desjardins

Feasting in Islamic Art

Family activities will take place every night from 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm:

- Make Ramadhan-themed crafts such as mosque lamps, moon and stars

- Listen to storytelling sessions with MIA's library team

- Take a special Ramadhan-themed guided tour

- Borrow a Ramadan Family Backpack and explore the galleries as a family

The finale for MIA's Ramadhan celebrations will be Garangao on 28 May 2018. Garangao marks the mid-point of Ramadhan and is an occasion where children celebrate with sweets after sunset.
The evening will include activities, storytelling and traditional gift-giving.

During Ramadhan, the MIA Bazaar in MIA Park will open from 7 pm to midnight, selling foods and handicrafts for all the family from over 100 different stalls.

The museum itself has also announced Ramadhan hours:

Morning sessions Saturday - Thursday 9 am to 2 pm
Evening sessions Saturday - Friday 8 pm to 12 am
Friday mornings closed