Rendez-vous at the Arab World Institute in Paris
The Arab World Institute is a place of exhibitions, sharing and conversation. It was built with one main objective: to promote the Arab culture and reinforce the Franco-Arab connection.
Born from a partnership between France and the League of Arab States (22 countries), the Arab World Institute broadens perspective of their territories, people, language and religion.
A Truly Colossal Building
Designed by Jean Nouvel, this building of glass and concrete is pleasantly situated on the left bank of the Seine. The use of glass panels on its south wall structure was influenced by traditional Arabian architecture.
It was built in a time of great architectural innovation alongside several other projects and buildings such as the Louvre Pyramid, La Grande Arche of la Défense and the Bastille Opera.
Discover the Arab-Islamic civilisation, starting right from the beginning to how it is today.
The museum focuses on three main themes: The Arab world before Islam, The Arab-Islamic world, and finally the Expansion of Islam in countries such as Turkey, Iran, and even India.
Large temporary exhibitions of various themes, spanning from the Orient Express to the Annual Pilgrimage to Mecca, are also hosted here.
Culture and Cuisine
There is much more to observe about the Arab world than just from visiting exhibitions. The museum also offers a library, a large bookstore, and rooms for shows and conferences. Listen to a lecture on Arabian culture here, or even take some Arabic lessons!
When it comes to food, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
The literary café offers oriental pastries and mint tea, whereas at the self-service Lebanese restaurant you can get a mezze platter and traditional desserts.
Last but not least, find the restaurant Le Zyriab on the top floor of the museum and enjoy Lebanese gastronomy while taking in a fantastic panoramic view of the city of Paris.
Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA)
1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard