The plaque at the entrance to the museum.
Outside the museum, it was blowing a gale that day. The building was designed by IM Pei the architect behind the glass pyramid at the museum in Paris.
Dhows seen through the car park. An island was formed to be the site of the museum.
One side of the entrance.
The education wing of the museum.
And the other side of the entrance. The dock is for the use of the Emir when he visits.
The upside down staircase at the entrance to the museum. The building is stunning, the contents breathtaking
The dome in the foyer of the museum.
Pages from an early 8th century Koran in Hijazi script
A section of "The Nurse's Koran", early 14th century from Tunisia.
Early 10th century Koran in Kufic script.
A Koran from Baghdad dated June 1284, ink and gold on parchment.
Ceramic cenotaph from the middle 14th century. Unknown origin other than being from Central Asia.
An Egyptian tap. The lighting used showed everything beautifully.
Indian ewer from the 17th century.
Figurine of mother and child, from Iran 12th century
Fountain in the foyer taken from the first floor balcony.
The central staircase in the museum.
Lunar volvelle from Iran 17-18th century
Astrolabes from Spain.
Qibla compass from Iran, 13th century. This special compass enabled the faithful to find the true direction of Mecca.
Door panels from Egypt.
Brass and silver candlestick from Iraq, mid 13th century.
Ivory hunting horn
Glass bottle from Iran, early 12th century.
Brass door knocker from Iraq (probably Mosul) early 13th century.
Ivory plaque from Egypt, 14th century.
Syrian water jug filter. The museum has a collection of these pottery filters each one of them with intricate patterns.
Portraits from Iran
Turkish sword and scabbard 14th century. Steel with gold inlay.
Indian daggers and scabbards: steel inlaid with jade, emeralds and diamonds (when only the best will do).
Armour from Turkey, early 15th century.
Sold gold jewellery from Egypt 12th-13th century
Detail of a door panel from Egypt inlaid with ivory.
13th century military helmet from Turkey.
Turkish war mask - amazing, stunning, beautiful in a warlike way.
Mosque lamp from Egypt, 17th century. Made of such delicate, translucent glass.
One of a pair of brass door knockers, 12th century.