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Games in the Courtyard Cafe

Come to the MIA Library Courtyard Café and enjoy playing chess, snakes and ladders, ludo or backgammon in this beautiful outdoor setting throughout the month of April.

Open during Museum hours.

Korean Kite Flying

18 April, 10am - 5.30pm
The gigantic kites from Korea are in the most amazing shapes and colors. They will be soaring over Doha skies controlled by highly skilled Korean kite masters. A flying demonstration and a kite making workshop makes this an event for all ages.

Kings and Pawns: Board Games from India to Spain

19 March to 21 June 2014
Chess, backgammon and other board games are a vibrant part of everyday culture in the Gulf region, the Middle East, and the wider world; their roots, however, are much deeper than many realise. This exhibition uncovers the history of board games in the Islamic world, from India to Spain between the 7th and the 20th century.

The exhibition focuses heavily on chess, from its origins in India to its adoption by the Persian élite and its subsequent spread across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe following the rise of Islam. However, a significant part of Kings and Pawns will also examine other board games with Indian and Islamic connections such as ‘pachisi’ (ludo), and ‘gyan chaupar’ (snakes and ladders), bringing to life the spread of ideas and shared culture over the centuries.

Kings & Pawns features game boards, game pieces, Persian and Arabic chess manuals, paintings and illustrated manuscripts.
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