The Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar

About the media majlis

The first museum in the Arab world dedicated to the content of media, journalism, and communication.

The Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar explores and examines media, journalism, and communication—pasts, presents, and futures—through global, regional, and local/Qatar lenses.

This new type of museum is an active space, bringing people together to engage with exhibitions and programs challenging standard narratives, where stories and ideas are discussed with audiences. The Media Majlis exhibitions aim to introduce and facilitate exploration of topics and stories, empowering audiences with a greater understanding and ability to interrogate the media and journalism surrounding them.

Featuring extensive digital capacity exhibitions encourage visitor participation, comment, and engagement with rich stories, lesser heard voices, and the people who have and are creating our media world in the region and globally.

Current Exhibition

Arab Identities, images in film
August 28 - December 7, 2019

What is identity and what influences our understanding of our own, that of others, and the connections or distinctions we make between them?

Arab Identities explores this question in relation to the interplay between identity and film. The exhibition creates a context in which visitors can explore their own understanding of identity, while considering how images in film have shaped, and been shaped by, notions of Arab identity. Film clips, publicity material and original cinema posters relating to more than 150 films are featured in the exhibition. Spanning over a century of global filmmaking, these films have captured, constructed, projected or referenced notions of Arab identity.

This exhibition is accompanied by a series of programs in September and October 2019. Full details of speakers and themes can be found on The Media Majlis website, and on Eventbrite, where tickets can be purchased.

Arab Identities, images in film is accompanied by an illustrated publication. Part of the museum’s Voices and Conversations series this publication features essays and interviews by film historians, filmmakers, collectors and researchers. Available in Arabic and English in the NU-Q Bookstore.  


The museum is located within the Northwestern University in Qatar building in Doha's Education City.

Full information on hours, location and parking, programs and Bookstore can be found of the museum's website,