Qatar Museums (QM) is the lead body for museums in Qatar. Established in 2005 by Shaykh Hamad ibn Khalifa al-Thani, former Emir of the State of Qatar, QM aims to combine the resources of all museums in Qatar, providing a comprehensive organisation for museum development and establishing an effective system for collecting, protecting, preserving and interpreting historic sites, monuments, and artefacts.
Chaired by Shaykha al-Mayassa bint Hamad ibn Khalifa al-Thani, the QM seeks to engage and connect diverse audiences – nationally and internationally – with a program that welcomes the world to Doha. During the years, the scope of activities of the QM widened and it soon became the managing body of an ambitious plan that aims to make Qatar a world class cultural destination, notably in modern and contemporary art.
The QM was the bid leader for Qatar's successful candidature to join the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in 2011. Qatar also had its first World Heritage site, al-Zubarah Archaeological Site, inscribed during the afternoon session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee on 22 June 2013 in Phom Penh, Cambodia.