, the economic hub of Qatar
, is the capital city and also the most populated city of Qatar. The city was established in the 1820s, but it was not until 1971 that it became the capital city of Qatar. Located to the east of Qatar on the Persian Gulf's coast, Doha is Qatar's fastest-growing city as well as its financial, economic, and educational hub.
The Doha cityscape is stunning it the modern architectural designs that have been applied, making it even more stunning with its location on the bay. The stunning waterfront within Doha's downtown has been surrounded by many beautiful, natural parks plus the Corniche Promenade. All these, plus the stunning skyscrapers in the cityscape, can be viewed more panoramically from the Doha Bay, aboard the numerous cruise boats available on the waterfront.
In the Northern Katara region, tourists can have fun at the beautiful beach and enjoy all sorts of water games and activities, and later on, relax on the sandy shores to bask in the sun. Close by, within the same location, there is a cultural center, which is home to the cultural history and development of the people of Doha from the ancient times till date.
The Museum of Islamic Art is a beautiful depiction of an I.M. Pei design and hosts a massive collection of artwork surrounding the Muslim world from medieval times. This museum has been built on the human-made island, and it attracts people from all walks of life to take part in its history and development.
The Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art is another beautiful spot that focuses on arts and crafts as well as artifacts that are related mainly to the Arabian Peninsula, all the way from the nineteenth century to date.
Close to the Souq Waqif stands the famous turreted Doha Fort that is also referred to as Al Koot Fort, established back in the 1920s, and is presently home to a small set museum. Within the Souq Waqif, numerous vendors display their goods and products for the public to buy. The goods include fashion clothing, art and craft antiques, and even traditional spices. More shopping, especially for clothes and other fashion items, can be found at Pearl, an offshore extensive artificial island with superior shops and stalls.
Close by, the intricately done Doha Golf Club, complete with the green surroundings and the well-manicured lawns, comprises of an eighteen-hole championship course, where tourists and locals alike take to playing either for fun or competition.
Another spot in Doha is the Barzan Tower that is located about twenty kilometers to the northwest, used as a watchtower since its completion in the early 1900s.
When to visit Doha
Doha experiences a hot desert climate. The climate is characterized by extremely scorching summer temperatures with highly humid days. Summers are long - they last from May
, with almost no rainfall at all. During winter, from December
, the temperature drops to a tolerable level, and the days and nights become manageable.
, Doha holds the annual Doha Cultural Festival, with a focus on the appreciation of the traditional Qatari artwork, talent, and folklore of its people.