Algerian's Minister of Culture, Mrs Khalida Toumi, chaired the launching ceremony of the Discover Islamic Art Virtual Museum in Algiers at the National Museum of Antiquities hosting the first and only Museum of Islamic Art in the Maghreb established in 1905. One hundred years later the exhibition rooms where the collection has been on display before it was moved to an independent building, became the venue for the launch of a virtual museum opening the doors of the Islamic Art Museum in Algiers to visitors all over the world. Thanks to director Lakhdar Drias the event became an occasion to carry out a complete restoration of three exhibition rooms transforming them into a perfectly equipped temporary exhibition and conference space. The Deputy Minister of Research and Higher Education, the Director General of Cultural Heritage, representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, an impressive quantity of media (TV, radio and print media) as well as numerous representatives from other museums attended the launch. The solemn inauguration of the Algerian gateway to the Discover Islamic Art Virtual Museum by Minister Toumi was followed by a short piece of music and by the visit of the Islamic Art Museum. During an interview for the evening news of the Algerian TV Minister Toumi underlined the importance of the project to improve mutual understanding and to promote the dialogue between Europe and the Arab World.