Doha, 3 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Today, the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) announced the opening of the MIA Park, a new tourist destination in the city of Doha on the grounds of the famous Museum of Islamic art. The inauguration will take place on 16 December 2011.
The crescent-shaped park, designed by Pei Partnership Architects in New York, will be 280,000 square meters large and display a vertical steel sculpture by American artist Richard Serra. The untitled piece is his first public commission in the Middle East and represents a veritable symbol for QMA, as it encourages international cultural exchanges and introduces the Doha community to the rest of the world.
The MIA Park will feature five kilometres of pedestrian paths shaded by indigenous palm trees. In addition, the park will feature kiosks, films screenings, sport events, workshops and a café. According to the president of QMA Sir Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, “MIA Park will be a dynamic place of learning and exploration for children, families and art enthusiasts, with cultural, educational and recreational activities designed to attract one and all”, as reported on Alarab Online.