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The new carousel at Qatar’s MIA park is a work of art

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MIA Park Carousel
The merry-go-round at the MIA Park

A new merry-go-round has been installed at the Museum of Islamic Art park and will open to the public for rides soon.

The carousel was designed by Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi and doubles as a piece of art, Qatar Museums (QM) said in a statement. It is titled “Enchanted East.”

The structure’s permanent home will be between the children’s playgrounds and the waterfront cafe at the MIA park.

MIA Park Carousel
The merry-go-round at the MIA Park

According to QM, the carousel is comprised of 40 designed animal “seats” that are inspired by MIA’s permanent collection.

That includes works of Islamic arabesque, Arabic calligraphy and famous carpets from Islamic civilization.

Azzawi is a renowned modern Arab artist and has exhibited at the Arab Museum of Modern Art (Mathaf) in the past.

A retrospective exhibition of Azzawi’s work is also planned to launch in October at both Mathaf and the Al Riwaq gallery near the MIA.

Carousel timings

The park is expected to charge QR15/child, an MIA staffer told Doha News.

Once open to the public, the carousel will operate during Ramadan from Sunday–Saturday, 7pm to midnight. It will be closed Tuesdays and Fridays.

MIA Park Carousel
The merry-go-round at the MIA Park

Then from after Eid Al-Fitr in July to September, it will run from Sunday –Saturday, 6pm to midnight; and closed Tuesdays.

Finally, operating hours from October to May will be Sunday-Saturday, 10:30am to 11pm; and closed Tuesdays.

Who plans to check it out? Thoughts?

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