Press Release Yusuf Islam/ Cat Stevens live in concert at the MIA Park First concert to take place at the MIA Park since opening on 6 January, 2012 Tickets on sale soon at the Museum of Islamic ArtDoha, 25th January, 2012: The Museum of Islamic Art is proud to present world-renownedSinger/ Songwriter Yusuf Islam, live in concert for the first time in the Middle East onThursday, February 16 at the MIA Park starting 8:00 pm. The concert which will journeythrough the extensive catalog of musical hits by Yusuf Islam will be the first in a series ofmusical performances planned at MIA Park throughout the year.Yusuf Islam was born in London to a Greek Cypriot father and a Swedish mother. Formallyknown as Cat Stevens, he was one of the biggest solo artists of the 60s and 70s, selling more than60 million albums with hits including, Father and Son, Wild World, Peace Train and many more.Following a serious illness and after a near drowning incident, he received a translation of theQuran and converted to Islam in 1977 in which he found peace and universal understanding. Hedecided to withdraw from the music industry at his peak and changed his name to Yusuf Islambeginning a new life.Following his conversion to Islam, Yusuf Islam became an energetic philanthropist,humanitarian and an enthusiastic supporter of Islamic Education in UK after the birth of his firstchild. He has been recognized worldwide for his humanitarian efforts. In the 1990s, Yusufgradually returned to the music business and eventually began performing songs from his time asCat Stevens. Commenting on his return, he said: “I needed to reconnect with the fans I left backin the 70s, those who still held the same ideals for peace and love which I sang about and whichI still promote today as a Muslim.”Yusuf Islam was one of the first Muslim converts to write Islamic songs in English. A pioneeringIslamic Nasheed artist and producer, his record company, Mountain of Light, has produced someof the most popular recordings for children, including A is for Allah and I Look, I See, whichteach children the basics of Islam. He has also recorded the spoken word Biography of theProphet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
As a new recreational facility in Doha, MIA Park hosts Yusuf Islams concert marking the launchof several activities aimed to engage the local community and offer a new venue forentertainment, creativity and leisure.Tickets for the concert will be available at the Museum of the Islamic Art for 210 QR and 750QR for VIP tickets which include: reception as well as on-site parking. For further information,call the Museum of Islamic Art at 44224444 or visit www.mia.org.qaFor further information about Yusuf Islam please visit www.yusufislam.com-ends-For further media information please call Omar Chaikhouni, Public Relations Manager at QatarMuseums Authority at 44224608.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 ModernArt. QMA’s goal of becoming a “global leader in the world of museums, art and heritage” willbe advanced in the coming years with ambitious, world-class projects, including the JeanNouvel-designed National Museum of Qatar. For further information, please visitwww.qma.org.qa.