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Discover Qatar
February 24, 2018, 4:28 pm
A dynamic modern country built on the foundations of its long cultural history, Qatar is a land of fascinating contrasts. Old world Arabian tradition, culture and hospitality segue into the vibrant multicultural intricacies of a modern state; the joie de vivre of a youthful population reflects off the calm azure waters of the Arabian Sea and the timeless serenity of the desert sands. Be enthralled by the unique ambience of the land while exploring the unexpected possibilities of amazing Qatar.
Corniche: A seven-kilometer long waterfront promenade which stretches for the entire length of Doha Bay, the Corniche offers spectacular vistas of the city, from the dramatic high rise towers of the central business district to the bold shapes of the Museum of Islamic Art. Traditional wooden dhows lining the Bay evoke echoes of Qatar’s great seafaring past. The Corniche provides a green, vehicle-free pedestrian space in the heart of the capital with cafes, restaurants, outdoor exercise facilities and a running track.
The Pearl-Qatar: The Pearl-Qatar is a man-made island off the West Bay coast featuring Mediterranean-style yacht-lined marinas, upmarket residential towers, villas and internationally renowned hotels, as well as luxury shopping at top brand name boutiques and showrooms. A popular dining spot with dozens of restaurants, its waterfront promenades are lined with cafes and restaurants serving every taste — from a refreshing ice cream to a five-star dining experience.
Katara: An innovative interpretation of the region’s architectural heritage, this purpose-built development’s impressive theatres, galleries and performance venues stage a lively year-round program of concerts, shows and exhibitions. Among the most famous of these is the Doha Film Institute’s Ajyal Youth Film Festival, which takes place in November each year. Visitors can also find other recreational attractions, including top class restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, and a spacious, well-maintained public beach with water sports.
Souq Waqif: A stroll down the bustling alleys of Souq Waqif provides an authentic taste of traditional commerce, architecture and culture. The maze of small shops offer a dazzling array of Middle Eastern merchandise from spices and seasonal delicacies such as fresh dates and nuts, to perfumes, ornate jewelry, clothing, handicrafts and a treasure trove of souvenir bargains.
Al Zubarah Fort: Located on Qatar’s north-west coast and comprising the immaculately restored Al Zubarah Fort and surrounding 60-hectare archaeological works, this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most extensive and best preserved examples of an 18th–19th century settlement in the region. It covers the remains of a walled coastal town that once ranked as one of the Gulf’s most important pearl diving and trading centers with links extending to the Indian Ocean.
Museum of Islamic Art (MIA): Experience 14 centuries in a few hours at one of the leading collections of Islamic art in the world. The MIA’s magnificent and imaginatively presented displays of the finest art and artefacts from across the Islamic world have earned it recognition among the world’s top cultural institutions. Marvel at award winning collections which feature paintings, glassworks, metalwork, ceramics, textiles and manuscripts covering periods as important as Mughal and Safavid.
Inland Sea: Some 60 km from Doha in the south-eastern corner of the country lies one of Qatar’s most impressive natural wonders, the ‘Inland Sea’ or Khor Al Adaid. A UNESCO recognized natural reserve with its own ecosystem, this is one of the few places in the world where the sea encroaches deep into the heart of the desert. Inaccessible by road, this tranquil expanse of water can only be reached by crossing the rolling dunes. The area is home to a unique set of fauna, including several species which are internationally rare and/or threatened.
Al Wajba Fort: Situated 15 kilometers west of Doha, Al Wajba fort was built in the late 18th or early 19th century and is one of the oldest forts in Qatar. Its historical importance derives from being the site of a famous battle at which the Qatari forces defeated the Ottomans in 1893, as well as being the residence of the sheikhs during various periods of its history. For visitors, one of its most prominent features are its four looming watchtowers, which stand out impressively in stark contrast to everything else in the predominantly flat area.
Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum: Sheikh Faisal’s private museum at Al Samriya tells the story of Qatar through the personal collection of one man and his family. The collection features a fascinating array of more than 15,000 exhibits covering a spectrum of arts, personal artefacts and equipment, as well as many everyday household and traditional items that evoke a flavor of Qatari life in the pre-oil era.
Mathaf: Located in Doha’s Education City and designed by the acclaimed French architect Jean-François Bodin, Mathaf or the Arab Museum of Modern Art, is the only institution of its type in the region, hosting modern art exhibits and programs offering an Arab perspective on contemporary art. The museum is a uniquely spectacular arts space containing a collection of more than 6,000 works, spanning the 1840s to the present day.  Mathaf’s artistic vision is to promote exhibitions that are both historical and experimental in their nature.
Flora and fauna: Qatar provides a habitat for a variety of wildlife, from birds and reptiles to the fabled Arabian Oryx. While Qatar’s desert climate limits the variety of flora and fauna, after any rain, the desert blooms with greenery. Qatar’s wildlife includes foxes, jerboas, reptiles and various resident and migratory bird species, including flamingos. The largest native mammal is the dugong, found in waters around the coast. 
Stunning dunes: Qatar’s largest area of desert lies to the south-west of the capital, with its high dunes a major attraction both for recreational safaris or simply to enjoy the spectacular landscape. The area is also popular as a day destination for families wishing to picnic in a unique environment. The desert scenery constantly changes depending on the time of day and light conditions. The breath-taking colors of sunrise and sunset are especially dramatic and the clear night skies offer a rare treat for stargazers. 
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