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Qatar is a small state in the Persian Gulf, which, like most countries in the Middle East, has rich natural resources and global prestige. If you plan on visiting Qatar and are looking for a sign, then this is it!
But what to see and do in Qatar? Everyone on this generous land will find something interesting for themselves: many entertainment centres for children and adults, super-modern beaches, equipped with all amenities, museums, colourful markets and other exciting places. The main resort of Qatar is the capital city of Doha, where all the main attractions of Qatar are concentrated. For example, here, you can soak up the well-equipped white beaches, do exciting shopping in the best shops, outlets and boutiques.
What to see in Qatar first?
The tourist infrastructure of Qatar has reached the highest level, while the level of prices for various types of services here is affordable. Therefore, today’s best attractions are available in Qatar to anyone who wants to; you just have to choose those included in your travel plan. Recommendations on what to see in Qatar in the first place are given in this article.
Choosing what to see in Qatar on day one? You should go to its capital – Doha. Today, it is one of the fastest-growing cities globally and one of the most prosperous cities on the Persian Gulf coast, and for some time now – Qatar is the centre of oil and economics! Huge skyscrapers, high-tech buildings, a mass of historical objects in the “old centre”, the latest entertainment centres, boutiques, villas, and artificial islands all attract millions of tourists to the capital country’s economy is gaining momentum from year to year.
One of the main attractions of the capital is the Corniche, which stretches along the Persian Gulf. Here, right on the coast, the most modern high-rise buildings with fantastic architecture are concentrated, symbolising the economic prosperity of Doha and Qatar as a whole. This is a complex of prestigious properties that alternate with green parks and recreational areas. In recent years, the embankment has become a visiting card, the “face” of the whole of Qatar.
Museum of Islamic Art:
The rating of attractions is continued by the Museum of Islamic Art – the main museum of the country and at the same time the largest museum in the countries of the Persian Gulf. Also, like most of Qatar’s attractions, the museum is relatively young – it opened in 2008. The building’s unusual architecture is impressive: several substantial stone blocks of the building are erected one above the other in a harmonious composition in the form of a tower, which in appearance resembles the luxurious villa of the sheikh. Inside, a collection of Islamic art is exhibited – examples of ceramics, textiles, manuscripts and other Islamic artefacts.
Another attraction of Qatar, worthy of being a symbol of the country, is located in Doha in the Sports City sports complex and is called the Aspire Tower. This is the object that is one of the first places to see in Qatar, and it is simply impossible not to notice it – the torch-shaped tower has a height of 318 m, so it noticeably rises above the capital and is visible from anywhere in the city. An extraordinary view of the Aspire Tower is created in the dark – the tower, whose surface is entirely framed by several thousand LED bulbs, begins to glow as if it were wrapped in an LED blanket.
Fort Al Kurt:
Even though most of Qatar’s attractions are still very “young”, there is something to see in Qatar and lovers of antiquity. Al Kut is an excellent example of this: the fortification was erected at the end of the nineteenth century when Turkey still occupied this region of Qatar. During that period, the fort served as a police station and later as a prison. In the 20s of the last century, Al Kut was rebuilt entirely. Still, for many years the fortress was not used until 1978; a museum was opened instead where the museum showcased national crafts, historical photos and artistic pictures.
There are many more things to see in the magnificent city of Doha. The currency used in Qatar is known as the Qatari Rial or QAR.
Getting around as a tourist isn’t very complicated either. Some options of getting around are:
- City buses;
- Car rental companies such as rent-a-car in Doha, Qatar.
By Bilal Ahsan
who is a guest author and blogger.