First time Doha: a stopover for souqs, skyscrapers and Islamic art
There can be few places on earth changing faster than Doha right now – in true Gulf style, the cityscape of Qatar’s capital is rising as steadily as a plume of shisha smoke...
Places in Qatar
It’s rare to see a great city in the making these days. While it would be misleading to represent Doha as a latter-day New York (much of the new development has been given a heart but hasn’t yet acquired a soul), Doha is nonetheless well on its way to realising the grand vision of its founding fathers.
While Qatar isn’t exactly blessed with sights and activities outside the capital of Doha, it does have several attractions that justify the cost of hiring a vehicle for a day or two, including a few coastal villages where life still revolves around fishing and the local mosque.
Al-Zubara occupies an important place in Qatari history, as it was a large commercial and pearling port in the 18th and 19th centuries when the area was under the governance of Al-Khalifa (now the ruling family in Bahrain). Al-Zubara Fort was built in 1938 and used by the military until the 1980s.
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Watching football in Qatar
A couple of years ago, if you’d asked any football (or soccer - take your pick) fan to list 50 countries most likely to host a World Cup in the next 20 years, it’s probably safe to say that very few of them would have...
Doha’s delights: explore Qatar’s capital like a local
Dangling precariously off the top edge of the Arabian peninsula, dwarfed by neighbouring Saudi Arabia and Iran, it's easy to miss Qatar on a map...
Destination at a glance: Qatar
Perhaps tired of living in one of the least known countries on earth, Qatar's rulers seem determined to put the country firmly on the international map as a regional financial capital and rival to Dubai for oil-rich g...