Verses From the Holy Qur’an ClosingStart of the 20th Cultural SeasonDAI Visiting CuratorRecent EventsJunior Docent ProgramCelebrating CarpetsVolume 38 of Hadeeth PublishedVisit Our Latest ExhibitionsGoogle Art ProjectAmricani Cultural Centre

حلّ معالي وزير الإعلام ووزير الدولة لشؤون الشباب الشيخ سلمان الحمود الصباح،
ضيفا على “دار الآثار الإسلامية” في زيارة ميدانية لموقع “ميدان اليرموك
الثقافي”، التابع لــ دار الآثار الإسلامية، إذ كان في استقباله كل من الشيخة
حصة صباح السالم المشرف العام في دار الآثار الإسلامية، والسيد/ عبدالكريم
الغضبان، الأمين المساعد لقطاع دار الآثار الإسلامية، وأيضا السيد / أسامة
البلهان مدير العلاقات العامة في دار الآثار الإسلامية، وفريق العاملين على
مشروع تطوير الموقع الجديد في منطقة اليرموك، إذ اطلع معالي وزير الإعلام على
آخر التطورات والرسومات الهندسية الجاري تنفيذها، واستمع لشرح مفصّل لما تم
الانتهاء منه في أعمال البناء والإنشاءات في الموقع وللقادم من ترتيبات منتظرة
للانتهاء قريبا منه ، مبديا دعمه الكامل للمشروع والمشرفين عليه.

H.E Sheikh Salman Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, the Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs, visited the construction site for DAI’s new al-Maidan Yarmouk Cultural Centre. Accompanied by DAI’s Director General Sheikha Hussah Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah, Assistant Secretary-General for the National Council Abdul-Kareem al-Ghadban, and DAI’s Director of Public Relations Osama al-Balhan, Sheikh Salman was briefed on the latest developments at the site, and reviewed a detailed plan on current progress. He expressed his full support for the project and the project supervisors.

إنها الفرصة الأخيرة!
سارعوا لزيارة معرض “الذّكر المكنون في عالم الفنون” الذي سيُسدل الستار عليه بتاريخ 31 اغسطس الجاري، وهو يعرض أهم المقتنيات الثمينة من المصاحف والمخطوطات والقطع الإسلامية.
مواعيدنا هي :
الاثنين حتى الخميس والسبت منذ 10 صباحا حتى 7 مساء
الجمعة 2 بعد الظهر حتى 7 مساء
( الأحد مغلق للصيانه )

Verses From the Holy Qur’an Closing

Our exhibition Verses From the Holy Qur’an on Works of Art at the Amricani Cultural Centre will be closing on the 31st of August 2014. Take this opportunity to see this exquisite selection of Qur’anic manuscripts and artefacts dating from the 8th – 19th centuries.  Visiting hours are: Monday – Thursday and Saturday: 10 AM – 7 PM; Friday: 2 PM – 7 PM (Closed on Sunday)

Start of the 20th Cultural Season

The twentieth Cultural Season begins on Sunday the 28th of September with a concert from the United States Army Field Band Quartet. We look forward to another busy year of encouraging and fostering cultural activities in Kuwait. We also look forward to welcoming you to one of our events in the forthcoming season.

DAI Visiting Curator

DAI’s visiting curator Dr Giovanni Curatola will be giving classes this summer at the American University of Kuwait on the history of Architecture in Iran and an introduction to Islamic Pottery. Click on the link below to access the AUK teaching schedule and search the course catalogues.

Recent Events

Click on the link below to see a roundup of recent events including lectures, diplomatic visits, children’s art workshop news, concerts and visiting scholars who have come to Kuwait to participate in our cultural programmes.

Junior Docent Program

Members of our Junior Docents recently visited the collection offices to learn first hand of the rigours of working with objects. They were introduced to the basics of curatorial work by our curator Salam Kaoukji.

Celebrating Carpets

Christie’s auction house in St. James’s, London hosted a book launch for the recent DAI publication “Pre-Islamic Carpets and Textiles from Eastern Lands” which was published earlier this year by Thames & Hudson Ltd. The author Dr Friedrich Spuhler who has lectured many times in Kuwait gave an illustrated lecture entitled “Sasanian Heritage: Pre-Islamic Carpets from The al-Sabah Collection”. The event was attended by a large number of Christie’s clients and was one of the events surrounding the Islamic art and carpet sales that took place in London.

Volume 38 of Hadeeth Published

DAI is proud to announce the publication of Volume 38 of Hadeeth ad-Dar. This bi-lingual volume features articles written by the lecturers from the eighteenth cultural season. Click on the link below to view the Hadeeth section of the website and download the latest volumes.

Visit Our Latest Exhibitions

Visit us at the Amricani Cultural Centre and tour any of our latest exhibitions – Splendors of the Ancient East, Loans for the Kuwait National Museum and Verses from the Holy Qu’ran on Works of Art – FREE of charge.

Google Art Project

Since joining Google Art project in mid 2013 The al-Sabah Collection has had over 47,000 visits with more than 600,000 page views. Click on the button below to visit Google Art Project and have a close look at some of the items from the collection.

Amricani Cultural Centre

Find us on the corner of Arabian Gulf Road and al-Shuhada Street, by the National Assembly Parliament building and across the road from Youm al-Bahaar. Opening hours: Monday – Thursday, Saturday: 10 AM – 7 PM; Friday: 2 PM – 7 PM (Sunday closed for maintenance).

The Collections

The al-Sabah Collection is regarded by international authorities as one of a small handful of the most comprehensive collections of Islamic art in the world. It has continued to grow since its inception increasing its strengths in all categories.

View Collections


Travelling exhibitions and object loans to museums are part of Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah’s strategy for sharing the arts and culture of the Islamic world. To find out more about our current exhibitions programme.

Latest Exhibitions

Cultural Season

The Cultural Season at DAI is an integral part of the organisation’s contribution to the enrichment of the local community. The Annual Cultural Season typically begins end of September and ends in May of every year.

19th Cultural Season