the capital city of Qatar, is situated on the bank of the
Arabian Gulf. Earlier Doha was known as one of the busy pearl
fishing villages in the South East Arabia of Persian Gulf.
It was till recently when the oil production began in 1949,
it got a facelift to present itself as one of the most important
trade centers of the region. This picturesque, tiny deep water
port is one of the most important cities of Middle East today.
Doha with its accommodating nature is an intriguing mixture
of old and new tradition of Arab. Today Doha serves as the
only base point to travel in Qatar
is the choicest destination to unwind. Being here you can
choose the number of options available here to charge up yourself
and have some real fun.
at the modern structures of the city, you can easily get the
idea of the city's recent developments. The few facets of
the city still give a hint of Doha's early struggle for survival
and existence. However, the capital city of Qatar doesn't
seem to have a long recorded history. You can realize this
fact in almost every corner of the city. Doha from its earlier
status of a fishing and pearl industrial area was being uplifted
to be one of the busy producers of oil and petroleum products.
The production of oil began here in the year 1949. This has
resulted into a huge immigration of foreign nationals here.
With the immigration of different culture and people from
all over the world, Doha got its present face of being a cosmopolitan
city. However, fishing still holds its importance as one of
the major industrial sectors of the country.
has a typical tropical climate and weather. Doha is hot in
summer that stretches from May through October. The summers
of Doha are dry and windy. The winter of Doha is comparatively
comfortable with a little chill. It rains occasionally in
winter with a high degree of humidity. The best time to visit
Doha would be between November to March. A comfortable number
of woolens are recommended to carry along.
Corniche is one of the major attractions of the city of Doha.
Stretching over 7 km on the Doha Bay, this is a palm-lined
public space. Here hordes of tourists and local public get
together to laze around in the evenings all the year round.
The Corniche also makes an excellent picnic spot, a walker's
or jogger's paradise and a favorite place for evening outs.
Ethnographic Museum (The Wind Tower House)
Ethnographic Museum or the Wind tower House is the single
tower house of its kind in Doha that says lot about Doha contemporary
time. The Wind tower house was built in the year 1935. It
was later restored in the year 1982. The massive square structure
has open structure on its four sides of it to provide space
and roominess along with good ventilation and light.
Doha's earliest and most common activity, fishing still lives
with zest and zeal in this small town of Al-wakrah. Located
just 22 km from Doha Al-wakrah lies on the coastline. Its
famous museums and beautiful old Islamic architecture makes
it a must visit in your itinerary.
is situated 45 km south of Doha. It is the centre of the Qatar
industrial scenario today. On the east coast of the peninsula,
the huge number of factories provide infrastructure for oil
and gas production along with the provision for refinement
of the same. The modern and commercial port area also provides
industrial and economic advantage to the industries. Besides
the refineries and gas liquefiers, Messai'eed also produces
steel, petrochemicals. Besides, the beautifully spread beaches
and golden sand dunes also attract a number of tourists to
this place every year. This place could easily be accessed
by the local transport modes available in Doha. Located 60
km away from Doha, Al-Shahaniyah is a destination famous for
its camel racing competition every year. Even in the off-season,
when the camel race is not on; the specially built racetrack
for camels and the resident camels there attracts tourists
towards it. Moreover, the Oryx farm established to protect
the endangered desert antelope makes Al-Shahaniyah a must
visit for you. The adaptability of the antelopes to the desert
extremes is a site worth witnessing once.
57 km from Doha Al-Khor is another small town near Doha. Famous
for its picturesque fishing harbour and port Al-Khor makes
a must visit itinerary while visiting Doha. Al-Khor also used
to be a major conventional pearl fishing town that also carries
abundant evidence of the country's tradition and culture in
general. Besides these, the beautifully built mosques, museum
and wind tower makes Al-Khor a place must visit.Another site
to include in your one-day itineraries is Dukan or Dukhan.
Situated 84 km from Doha, it is famous for its Oil Fields
on the West Coast of the country. If feeling like doing something
more relaxing, you also have the option of visiting the beaches
with its inviting sand dunes all through the year. Besides
the above mentioned tourist spots, you can also visit places
like Madinat Al-shamal which lies approximately 107 km from
Doha and many more places of its kind.
are a number of accommodation options available in Doha and
besides the very few luxury hotels you have a number of other
options to choose from. Some of the hotels are as follows:
Sheraton Doha Hotel and Resort, Doha Marriott Gulf Hotel,
Ramada doha hotel, Sofitel, Sealine Beach Resort Doha, Oasis,
Shezan Doha Hotel, Doha Palace, and Regency.