Vision and Mission


To promote development of the Arab art world locally and globally by building an important regional and international network of contemporary Arab artists. al markhiya offers established and emerging creatives exposure opportunities both for those living in the region and beyond, through exhibitions and other events.


al markhiya promotes and represents a distinctive group of emerging and recognized Arab artists in Qatar, the region and throughout the world.

The gallery seeks out partnerships and collaborative opportunities with other major galleries globally.  Our professional network provides for the exchanges of exhibitions and increases exposure for local and regional talent.

al markhiya gallery consults with individual collectors and corporate clients, assessing their needs and proposing consistent collection strategies that reflect their specific interests

Development of Exhibition Locations

In October 2008 al markhiya established its first unique exhibition space at Souq Waquif. In December 2014, the gallery relocated to Katara Art Center, which became a permanent exhibition space, and in September 2017, the gallery opened a second location adjacent to Doha Fire Station Studios.

Our exhibition season hosts events from September through May, changing presentations every six to eight weeks. Opening receptions are attended by exhibiting artist(s) and offer clients and guests the opportunity to connect.

During the summer months al markhiya showcases work from our permanent collection, with an additional focus on artists featured in previous seasons

Artwork Submissions

Al markhiya promotes and represents a distinctive group of emerging and recognized contemporary Arab artists from the region and living throughout the world.

Artists who wish to have their work considered for exhibition with al markhiya gallery are requested to email a PDF submission and include the following:

  • A current CV.
  • Images of artworks (listing year, size, medium and price).
  • An artist statement about the work.

Completed applications will be forwarded to our selection committee, which meets three times annually. If your work is accepted you will be contacted by the gallery staff (Please be sure and keep your application file size to no larger than 10MB).

You can submit your application via email to the “attention of Gallery Director” at:

About The Logo

The logo draws its inspiration from the physical shape of the area known as al markhiya.

One of the oldest communities in Doha Qatar, the neighborhood when seen from an aerial viewpoint, appears similar in shape to that of a butterfly.

We used this butterfly form to translate our mission. Accents of colour reference an artist’s palette, but also illustrate the variety of artists that al markhiya gallery supports in their artistic development.

The design also signifies al markhiya’s aim to develop future talents from the city of Doha, throughout Qatar, and the Arab World.

40 Minus

40 Minus is the flagship exhibition for al markhiya gallery. The series features works by Arab artists below the age of 40, whose arts practice shows considerable promise.

A multi annual event, 40 Minus encourages young artists to develop their craft by offering them professional exhibition experience and the opportunity to work with a skilled curator.

Chosen by a panel of arts experts from the region, 40 Minus assists al markhiya gallery in the development of new voices in Arab art. The event also serves as a vital networking forum for artists and audiences.

50 x 50

Originally conceived in 2017 as a summer showcase, featuring Qatari and locally based artists, 50 x 50 has developed into a series of multiannual exhibitions, presenting affordable art aimed at first time collectors.

Selected artists create compositions in a format limited to 50 x 50 centimeters. This group exhibition provides opportunities for audiences to discover new artistic voices from the area and acquire artworks that are both affordable and conveniently sized.

Other Gallery Activities

  • Year round multidisciplinary art exhibitions by Arab and Qatari artists.
  • Professional support and advice in the development of meaningful collections for those passionate about Arab art.
  • Installation and delivery of unique artworks for a wide range of environments and tastes.
  • Professional framing services available.
  • Assistance with artwork commissions for private and corporate collectors.