Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani
A Leader’s Legacy 1913-1949
December 16, 2013 - February 8, 2014
QMA Gallery, Building 10 Katara Cultural Village
Focused on one of Qatar’s most influential leaders, the exhibition highlights the beginnings of the modern history of the State of Qatar. Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, A Leader’s Legacy explores the era of Sheikh Abdullah which oversaw the advent of Qatar’s petroleum industry, education and hospitals, infrastructure and the transformation of Doha. Featuring historic artifacts, photographs, oral history interviews, and original films, the exhibit presents new insights into Sheikh Abdullah’s life and legacy to Qatar's people.
Organized and curated by the National Museum of Qatar
Life of Sheikh
Sheikh Abdullah was first appointed as Governor of Doha in the year 1905 and held this position until the passing of his father, His Highness the late Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani in 1913. He was a leader well known for bringing civil and social stability to the State of Qatar.
Ruling between 1913-1949, Sheikh Abdullah’s personal and leadership qualities, as well as his wisdom and intellect played a prominent role in the economic and political expansion of Qatar. His foremost achievement took place immediately after he ascended to authority during the Anglo-Ottoman convention in 1913 at which time the Ottomans renounced any claims that they had on Qatar, thus terminating their presence on the peninsula. The convention also recognized that Al Zubarah rightfully belonged to Qatar.
Sheikh Abdullah signed a treaty with the British in 1916 which recognized him as the Ruler of Qatar. This treaty also ceded the conduct of Qatar's foreign affairs to the United Kingdom and placed the sheikhdom under British maritime protection. Oil was discovered in the year 1939, and was one of the main contributors to Qatar's rapid economic development.
During his time as ruler, Sheikh Abdullah gained the love and loyalty of his people through his commitment to improving their quality of life. His role in transitioning Qatar into a new phase of its history was one that was pivotal. He managed the country's internal affairs in a graceful manner and reduced any possible external intervention despite the difficulties that he endured. Sheikh Abdullah's character and abilities made him a great leader for the people of Qatar for more than 37 years.
Admission & Hours
Admission is FREE and open to all.
QMA Gallery will be closed on December 18 & 19, 2013 for National Day.
Katara Cultural Village,
PO Box 22899,
Doha – Qatar
The National Museum welcomes groups of all abilities. The Museum is accessible to visitors with limited mobility:
Visit Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, A Leader’s Legacy and participate in our series of special exhibition events, programs, and workshops. All are free, open to the public and will take place in QMA Gallery, Katara Cultural Village unless otherwise indicated.
Group and family tours are available upon request and must be pre-booked in advance.
Drop-in between 4:00pm-7:00pm on Friday
Join us for an action-packed afternoon of fun for children ages 3-12 and their families. Children accompanied by their adult friends are invited to drop in any time between 4pm and 7pm for a hands-on workshop inspired by the exhibition.
Climbing the Family Tree
Friday December 27, 2013
Enjoy learning about your very own family. How well do you know them all? Come and have fun creating your own Family Tree design. Then make a Spoon Puppet of your favorite relative – or even yourself!
Blooms in the Desert
Friday January 3, 2014
Have you ever seen a desert rose? If not, we will let you have a peek at ours. It’s so beautiful we have been inspired to create a new museum from its design. Come and make your own Desert Rose to take home and keep. Then make a paper rose to give to the special person in your family.
Friday January 10, 2014
Look at the wonderful photographs of Qatar's Past. Make your own customized sunglasses and view the wonderful skyline of the present. Design Doha in the Future and create your own future city in a box. Use special materials to view it in different lights, and see your cityscape change like Doha at night.
Who is Behind the Door?
Friday January 17, 2014
There will be lots to keep the whole family busy in this make and take session. Use our gorgeous range of materials to design and decorate your own gateway for a Royal home. Can your masterpiece match the designs in the Old Palace itself? See the Palace in the exhibition.
4:00pm (English), 5:00pm and 6:00pm (Arabic)
Every Friday, December 27, 2013 - January 17, 2014
Come and listen to our exciting tales from Qatar’s past including early adventures of Sheikh Abdulla Bin Jassim. Tell us some of your own. Children will also enjoy a hands-on activity. Each 45-minute takes place in the museum’s exhibition’s story corner. Stories are recommended for young children ages 3-7.
Talk & Lectures
Join us for informative lectures by Qatar’s scholars and specialists. All lectures to provide accompanying translation unless otherwise indicated.
Literature and Poetry of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Era
Dr. Rabia Al Kuwari
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:30-7:30pm
Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium
Sheikh Abdulla Bin Jassim Al Thani Palace Conservation & Restoration of Old Rayyan Fort
Mohammed Ali Abdulla
Monday, January 20, 2014 at 6:30-7:30pm
Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium
Khamis Jumaa Al Kubaisi Qatari Dancers
January 30, 2014
QMA Gallery Courtyard, Katara Cultural Village
Traditional Qatari dancers performing the Aarda will be featured as part of the closing of the exhibition.
The son of the founder, Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, played a significant role in the country's modernization. How will you leave your mark on Qatar? Your legacy can be as simple as your relationship with your family or as grand as doing something extraordinary for the country. Share with us how you plan to leave your mark using #MyLegacy for a chance to win a Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim gold coin. You can share a photo or a Vine video using Instagram, Twitter or the QMA Facebook page to participate. Just make sure that you use #MyLegacy so we can see your vision for your future. Entries are open until 28 January, after which they will be judged by a panel from the National Museum of Qatar. Winners will be announced via QMA social media accounts on 30 January and winners will contacted directly. please click here to read Terms and conditions for this contest.
As part of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, A Leader’s Legacy exhibition, the National Museum of Qatar offers school programs created and presented by professional educators. We present a range of curriculum-based educational workshops and exhibition tours for different ages and abilities, in both Arabic and English.
September 29-December 12, 2013 & Winter-Spring 2014
Sundays through Thursdays
Free, booking required
The National Museum Of Qatar travels to your classroom to offer a range of 45 minute hands-on workshops to choose from, including:
Super Heroes (5-8 years): Students explore the story of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim through the adventures of popular children’s characters.
Pride of Place (7-11 years): Students look at key buildings in Qatar’s history, including Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim’s Old Palace.
I am a Curator (11-14 years): Students examine qualities of leadership, and learn how objects in museums can tell the story of important historical figures.
Al Wafaa Primary School for Boys
Bin Sinna Kindergarten
Al Kauther High School for Girls
Amna Al Jida Primary School for Girls
Al Jazeera Academy Primary School
Abu Baker Middle School for Boys
Atiqa Primary School for Girls
Al Doha Middle School for Boys
Al Maha Academy Primary School for Boys
Al Khor Secondary School for Girls
December 22, 2013 – January 30, 2014, Monday through Thursdays
9:00am-10:00am or 10:30am-11:30am
Katara, QMA Gallery Building 10
Free, booking required
Students participate in a special guided tour of the exhibition followed by a hands-on activity in the galleries. Each tour and activity is adapted to the appropriate age level. Tours last one hour and must be booked one week in advance.
Maximum 40 students per school
The National Museum offers Teacher's Guide to extend student learning before and after their visit to the exhibition. Packs are available in Arabic and English and include information on Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, A Leader’s Legacy, pre-tour activities, and suggested curriculum connections.
Explore the exhibition with a Family Activity Guide and Discover the History and Life of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim al Thani. Designed for young people to do on their own, or children assisted by an adult, these free, printable guides are available for download or at the exhibition. Solve a puzzle, play a word game, and learn a fun fact or two!
Kids Club is a place where kids can play fun, online games and activities inspired by A Leader’s Legacy.
The vision of the National Museum of Qatar is to maintain strong social cohesion and cultural exchange in Qatar. The Publications Department, as part of the museum, adopts the highest standards in publishing. It has issued an outstanding series of stories from traditional Qatari heritage to enhance national and Islamic culture.