Under the patronage of His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) is securing the country's position as a leading centre of culture and education. Led by Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, QMA seeks to engage and connect diverse audiences with a programme that welcomes the world to Doha. Since its establishment in 2005, QMA has preserved and protected historic sites, monuments and artefacts.
The 2008 opening of I.M. Pei's landmark Museum of Islamic Art provided a space to create dialogue and education around the collections. In 2010 the opening of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art offered a unique Arab perspective on modern and contemporary art. The construction of the new National Museum of Qatar (designed by Jean Nouvel and due to open in 2014) further demonstrates this vision and cultural commitment.