Passion Collection: His Excellency Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani’s private museum brings Qatar’s cultural heritage to life

COLLECTOR PROFILE: Doha, Qatar. “Doha’s skyline is an untamable urban garden of steel and glass skyscrapers, each more futuristic than the next. Yet, just 30 minutes’ drive into the desert quarter of Al Samriya lies a striking fortress, complete with windswept turrets. The thick limestone walls of the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum keep visitors cool in summer and insulated in winter, while ornately carved wooden shutters are fastened to shield from the intense sun and to fend off would-be invaders. Columns and archways feature ablaq, an Islamic design technique dating back to the ancient Umayyad dynasty showcasing stripes and checkers of dark and light stone.”

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