Press Release Qatar Museums Authority launches the "Mal Awwal" exhibition for rare and precious objects "Without the past, there can be no future"Doha, November 22, 2011 - Qatar Museums Authority will organize the first edition of the “Mal Awwal” exhibition for rare and precious objects, a new initiative in Qatar. Mal Awwal (“fromthe Old Days” in Arabic) exhibition shall be devoted to all rare and precious objects highlightingthe artistic and human sides of the development of civilizations. The exhibition will be held from 12th September until 12th October 2012 in the Al Riwaq gallery covering 5000 m2, located next to the Museum of Islamic Art. The exhibition will consist of two parts: 1. Private collections of rare and precious objects 2. Qatari art worksThe idea of the exhibition stems from QMA’s ambition to create a space that allows visitorsto learn about precious and rare objects in Qatar as well as putting them on display to thecommunity as a whole. Participation in the exhibition is open to all Qataris and local residents inorder to encourage all to display artefacts in their possession. The accompanying art exhibitionwill be dedicated to Qatari artists, the details of which will be announced in due course.Commenting on the exhibition, Abdulla Al Najjar, CEO of Qatar Museums Authority said:"The “Mal Awwal” Exhibition of rare and precious objects is unique as it is the first of its kindin Qatar to highlight the progression of civilization and art, QMA endeavours to pioneer thiseffort. The exhibition embodies QMA’s commitment to its role in the development andpreservation of art and world heritage. In addition, the exhibition emphasizes QMA’s role insupporting collectors in showcasing their valuable objects to the world, which is linked to ourvision, mission and values, on par with Qatar National Vision 2030."A specialist committee of experts and specialists in the field of rare and precious objects hasbeen formed to determine the criteria and standards for display of collections and objects in theexhibition. Any Qatari national or resident of Qatar may participate and present theirobjects. QMA shall cover all related expensed including: transportation, insurance and displaycosts.
A committee will also be formed to liaise with private collectors who are unable to participate inthe exhibition for any reason. Furthermore, two committees will be formed specifically to liaisewith potential exhibitors. The deadline for submission of objects is 21st July 2012.Applicants are entitled to submit more than one object. All applicants must enclose photographsof the objects along with their CV and application form to the following e-mail address:MalAwal@qma.org.qa. Alternatively, applicants may contact Mr. Nasser Al Hammadi on or ( ) who will provide all necessary documents required for applying totake part in the "Mal Awwal" exhibition. -Ends –For more information please contact:Omar Chaikhouni, QMA+974.4422.4608 / firstname.lastname@example.orgBahaa Omran, QMA+974.4402 8525 / email@example.com About Qatar Museums AuthorityEstablished in 2005 by His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani to combinethe resources of all museums in the State of Qatar, Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) is agovernmental organization whose remit is to develop museums and cultural institutions andprovide an effective system for collecting, protecting, preserving and interpreting historic sites,monuments and artifacts. Under the leadership of its Chairperson H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa,QMA is transforming the State of Qatar into a cultural hub of the Middle East. The Museum ofIslamic Art, inaugurated in 2008, is the Authority’s flagship project. The organization wonfurther global acclaim with the December 2010 opening of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art.QMA’s goal of becoming a “global leader in the world of museums, art and heritage” will beadvanced in the coming years with ambitious, world-class projects, including the Jean Nouvel-designed National Museum of Qatar. For further information, please visit www.qma.org.qa.Stay social with Qatar Museums Authority: www.facebook.com/QatarMuseumsAuthority www.twitter.com/QatarMuseumsAut