Dar al-Athar Al-Islamiyyah / UNESCO

  • Business planning
  • Project visioning
  • Design briefing
  • Museum master planning


In 2002 we worked alongside a team of UNESCO specialists in the redevelopment of the Kuwait National Museum, which had originally opened in December 1957. Looted and burned during the first Gulf War in 1991, the museum is now restored and has been re-opened to the public – with many, but not all, artefacts having been repatriated from Iraq.

Subsequently, we worked directly for HE Sheikha Hussah Sabah Al-Salim Al-Sabah on the visioning and planning for a new museum building to house the internationally important Al-Sabah Collection of Islamic Art and Culture, now exhibited in part at the Dar al-Athar Al-Islamiyyah in Kuwait City.


More recently we have worked for the Sheikha, the Al-Sabah Collection and the Dar al-Athar Al-Islamiyyah (DAI) in positioning the DAI to become a United Nations' Cultural Centre of Excellence as part of the UNDP's South-South Cooperation Initiative. As envisaged, the DAI Cultural Centre of Excellence will comprise the Amricani Cultural Centre, the Yarmouk Cultural Centre and the Collections Office together with dedicated DAI buildings on the site of the Kuwait National Museum. 


National Museum, Kuwait