With a desert landscape and a Gulf shoreline, Qatar is one of the world’s most rapidly growing countries. Capital Doha, with ultra-modern architecture and futuristic skyscrapers, is one of Middle East’s superstar cities. Like in other cities in the Middle-East, huge shopping malls co-exist with traditional souqs. Going on a stroll on the seven kilometres long Doha Corniche is a good way to explore the city. The remarkable Museum of Islamic Art, which has the world’s largest Islamic art collection, marks one end of the Corniche. City Center Mall is on the other end. The Katara Cultural Village – with theatres, galleries, cafes and restaurants and a well-maintained beach is a top cultural and recreation center in Doha.
To escape the hustle-bustle of Doha’s city life, head south for the sand-dune surrounded inlet of Khor Al Adaid. Bir Zekreet, north-west of Doha is full of limestone formations. There are also some old monuments and ruins, but people visit for its tranquil environment. For some beach-time, the crescent-shaped Banana Island in the Arabian Gulf, offers a quick and luxurious getaway from the city.
Qatar is a small country and most of its attractions are in and around Doha. However, there are a few places outside the city that are great for an off-the-beaten-track adventure.
With ultra-modern architecture and futuristic skyscrapers, Doha is one of Middle East’s superstar cities.