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
Doha's modern seaport, busy airport, and great
infrastructure make it very accessible to visitors, and Qatar is
pouring wealth into developing the already sophisticated city 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.