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Mathaf wins Best Emerging Culture Destination


Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art has just been named the Middle East’s “Best Emerging Culture Destination” at the 2015 Leading Culture Destinations Awards, held in London this month. Dubbed “The Oscars for Museums“, the prestigious awards scheme honours the world's most visionary arts institutions and emerging cultural hotspots.

Leading Culture Destination Awards ranked Mathaf as the number one “Best Emerging Culture Destination of 2015” on a shortlist that included the Oman National Museum, the Dubai Moving Image Museum and the Dubai Salsali Private Museum.

Winners were judged by a panel of 12 renowned cultural and creative figures from around the world and chaired by Gail Dexter Lord, Co-Founder of Lord Cultural Resources, a practice dedicated to creating cultural capital worldwide.

The awards program, now in its second year, is described as “celebrating the vibrancy and vitality of museums and institutions around the world”.  Leading Cultural Destinations annually nominates museums by region and across five distinct categories: Exhibitions and Programming; Architecture & Spatial Design; Eat & Drink; Shop; and Digital Experience. Doha’s iconic Museum of Islamic Art was also shortlisted in the “Architectural and Spatial Design” category.


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