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Qatar's arts and culture has a lot in common with its Bedouin neighbors across the Arabian Peninsula. Qatar's longstanding relations and cultural exchange with countries in Africa and the Indian subcontinent have also influenced its folklore and popular art. The recent and current influx of expatriates from around the world is also having an effect on Qatar's cultural landscape.

The recent openings of the Museum of Islamic Art, Katara Cultural Village and Mathaf Arab Modern Art Museum mark the beginning of Qatar's transition into a regional cultural hub. Doha was chosen in 2010 to be the Arab Capital of Culture by the Arab League under UNESCO's Cultural Capitals Program.

Qatar's cultural institutions and groups include:

Institution Name Phone Number Location
Arab and Islamic Heritage Collection N/A Qatar National Library - Qatar Foundation
Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center +974 44250250 Across Museum of Islamic Art, next to Souq Waqif
Katara Cultural Village +974 44080000 Adjacent to InterContinental Hotel at Exhibition Roundabout, behind billboard
Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art +974 44876662, 44028855 Temporary exhibit – next to Museum of Islamic Art, Main museum – Education City off Al Luqta Street
Al Markhiya Gallery +974 44428007, 44423099 Souq Waqif
Museum of Islamic Art +974 44224444 Next to Doha Port, Museum Roundabout on the Corniche
National Museum of Qatar N/A Next to Salata Park on the Corniche
The Poetry Society N/A Katara Cultural Village
Qatar Fine Arts Society +974 44081469 Katara Cultural Village
Qatar Museums +974 44525555 Al Meena Street, south of Corniche
Qatar Philatelic and Numismatic Club +974 44323292 Al Sadd Street
Qatar Photographic Society +974 44677793, 44081812 Katara Cultural Village
Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum +974 44861444 20 kilometers west of Doha, off Dukhan Road between Bani Hajer Roundabout and Shahaniya Roundabout
VCUQ Gallery +974 44020555 Education City
Al Wakrah Museum N/A Town of Al Wakrah