Sitting on its eastern coast facing Abu Dhabi is Qatar’s much loved capital city, Doha. One of the most dynamic and modern cities in the Middle East, Doha exemplifies the country’s growth and is quickly developing its own unique style, atmosphere and allure. With a population of just under 1 million, Doha and its suburbs house around half of the country’s population and the city sees many high profile sporting events such as the Asian Games and the future 2022 Soccer World Cup.
Doha skyline from the water by night Flickr: ccqatar View along the Doha Corniche
One of the best ways to view Doha’s mesmerizing skyline and learn more about this fascinating city is to take a stroll along Doha’s renowned promenade, Al Corniche. The Doha Corniche spans about seven kilometres and is decorated with palm trees and well-manicured parks, while spectacular skyscrapers tower over the promenade and surrounding bay. Aside from the soothing and relaxing ambience it exudes, the Doha Corniche conveniently offers the best route to reach the numerous attractions in Doha, such as the Museum of Islamic Arts which showcases numerous collections and artifacts, significant to Islamic history.
Found on a floating barge, the Msheireb Enrichment Centre offers an insight into the country’s illustrious past and also its vision for the future. The Pearl and Oyster Fountain which looks particularly spectacular at night, pays homage to the vital role the pearling industry played in the early development of the country before the discovery of oil and gas. If you would like to view the Doha Corniche from another angle, take the ten-minute boat ride out to Palm Tree Island and swim in its pristine waters, enjoy native delicacies in its restaurant, and spend hours bathing in the sun, while appreciating the landscape and the iconic structures that dot Doha’s skyline. In a city that refuses to set bounds on its development, Doha progressing at a staggering rate and we thoroughly recommend a trip to Qatar’s vibrant capital.