Doha Travel Guide
Doha, from the water © Jude Freeman
Doha is the beautiful capital of Qatar,
located on the Persian Gulf and home to the majority of the
country's population. In 2006, the city hosted the world's largest
Asian Games yet and has since continued to thrive and grow, now
preparing for the prestigious FIFA World Cup in 2022.
Doha has a surprisingly laid-back
atmosphere and is a good base from which to explore the rest of the
country. The city is also renowned to be safe, clean and
accommodating of foreigners, which is not surprising considering
the huge amount of expats that call Doha home.
As a cultural and commercial centre, Doha
offers plenty to see and do. Topping the list of popular activities
is shopping, an obsession fuelled by both mammoth modern malls and
exotic traditional markets (souqs). Many of the travellers who
visit Doha are primarily visiting on business, but the glitzy
hotels, quality museums and booming restaurant scene keep everyone
Doha's modern seaport, busy airport and
great infrastructure make it exceedingly accessible to visitors,
and Qatar is pouring wealth into an already sophisticated city in
order to transform it into a cultural and economic powerhouse to
rival the likes of Dubai.
The skyline becomes more impressive and
attractive every year and more and more travellers are discovering
the wonders the city has to offer. A stroll along the Doha
Corniche, ocean on the one side and glamorous cityscape on the
other, should leave nobody in any doubt as to why Doha is emerging
as a hugely desirable travel destination.