Doha April 23 : Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) yesterday launched the Mathaf Shuttle Bus service to operate between the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, allowing tourists and residents to connect the two world-class museums.
Sponsored by Occidental Petroleum of Qatar (Oxy Qatar), the free to the public service aims to increase awareness and patronage of Mathaf, whilst adding value to the MIA experience.
“We are thrilled that Oxy has supported this unique initiative,” said Michelle Dezember, Mathaf Acting Director. “Qatar’s cultural landscape is developing at a rapid pace and this free service will facilitate the discovery of the rich and diverse offerings of QMA’s contribution to this growth.”
“This iconic bus will connect two of the greatest highlights that tourists and residents have at their fingertips. We are looking forward to welcoming new, first time visitors, as well as repeat guests,” she added.
Stephen Kelly, President and General Manager of Oxy Qatar, said: “One of the focus areas of Oxy’s social responsibility programme is to promote the arts and culture here in Qatar. Our support of the Mathaf Shuttle Bus Service exemplifies that commitment. Oxy is proud to play a role in expanding access to the collections and educational activities at both Mathaf and the Museum of Islamic Art, and we congratulate QMA on this exciting endeavour.”
This complementary shuttle bus service project consists of two light buses of 25-35 seats each that will pick up tourists, visitors, as well as MIA and MIA Park patrons from allocated bus stops at MIA and Mathaf. These buses will operate in both directions from Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Schools may also benefit from this shuttle bus service.
This free service will also highlight and connect the incredible cultural developments taking place in Qatar, facilitate the discovery of two of the country’s cultural landmarks, and encourage public engagement.