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One of the daughters of late boxing legend Muhammad Ali has taken a private tour this week of a Qatar exhibition dedicated to his life and career.

Jamillah Ali, the twin sister of Rasheda Ali and one of the boxer’s nine children, visited the Museum of Islamic Art on Monday, Qatar Museums said.

There, she observed the 22 artifacts that comprise the Muhammad Ali: Tribute to a Legend exhibition.


The temporary exhibition launched in July. It includes signed items from the boxer, as well as memorabilia from various points in his career.

There’s also footage of a trip to Qatar he made in 1971, when his daughter was only one year old.

For those who haven’t checked it out yet, the exhibition will remain free and open to the public until Feb. 25, 2017.

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Muhammad Ali exhibition

After that, some of the pieces in the exhibition will find a permanent home in the redeveloped Khalifa International Stadium’s 3-2-1 Olympic and Sports Museum.

Ali also met with QM Chairperson Sheikha Al Mayassa Al Thani during her trip to Qatar.


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Fuwairat mosque, post-restoration

Two nearly-century-old mosques in the country have recently been rebuilt and restored by Qatar Museums.

A QM team conducted the work in Fuwairat and Old Salata as part of efforts to conserve the country’s architectural heritage.

The Fuwairat mosque was originally built in the 1920s and was re-built in the 1960s over the ruins of the first structure.

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Fuwairat mosque, pre-restoration

According to QM’s Architectural Conservation Department, the work included removing damaged plaster and waterproof layers from the ceiling.

It also entailed treating wood to protect against termites and re-applying plaster with “traditional” materials.

Bin Obaid mosque

The team has also just finished restoring the Bin Obaid mosque in Old Salata, which was built in 1935.

Originally constructed using palm tree trunks and branches, the QM team spent 10 months replacing damaged materials with new traditional materials, “whilst also carefully preserving the authenticity and style of the original building.”

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Inside the restored Bin Obaid mosque

Over the past 10 years, QM has also restored mosques in Al Wakra, Sumaisma and Dukhan. Additionally, it is currently finishing the restoration of the Al Ruwais mosque.

In a statement, Ali Al Kubaisi, Chief Archaeology Officer at QM, said the team was “very proud” to restore these “significant and historical mosques.”

“We will continue our commitment to put local communities, young and old, in touch with their past, reminding them of their ancestors skills, wisdom, and heritage,” he said.


The Flying Man by Dia al-Azzawi

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The Flying Man by Dia al-Azzawi

Qatar’s airport has added two new sculptures to its public art collection that “celebrate traveling in the modern age.”

The Flying Man works by Iraqi artist Dia al-Azzawi have been set up in both the arrival and departure terminals of Hamad International.

In a statement, Qatar Museums said the art sits on “two tall cylinder sculptures inspired by the pillars that appeared in Mesopotamia, an ancient region, in the third century B.C.”

The Flying Man by Dia al-Azzawi

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The Flying Man by Dia al-Azzawi

They were unveiled a few months after the launch of the artist’s retrospective exhibitions at the Arab Museum of Modern Art (Mathaf) and the Al Riwaq gallery off of the Corniche.

‘I am the cry’

The retrospective, titled I am the cry, who will give voice to me? will run for five months until April 17, 2017.

It includes paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints that chart the 50-year career of the modernist artist. Some of the items are being put on public display for the first time.

Al-Azzawi also has a carousel installation, Enchanted East, that launched at the MIA Park this summer.

MIA Park Carousel

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The merry-go-round at the MIA Park

Also a functioning children’s ride, it features 40 designed animal “seats” that are inspired by the Museum of Islamic Art’s permanent collection.