Qatar sits to the south-east of Bahrain and to the north-west of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and shares its western border with Saudi Arabia. This country which looks out onto the Arabian Gulf is highly sophisticated and is renowned for its skyscrapers. It was once one of the poorest states in the Gulf region, but that is no longer the case; in fact, it’s one of the richest in the region now.
The capital of Qatar, Doha is situated halfway down the east coast of the peninsula. It is an important cultural and commercial centre and enjoys excellent communications with the outside world through its modern seaport, airport, and telephone links.
Things to do in Doha
Explore the natural environment, take a desert safari, relax at the many beaches and pool facilities, or enjoy your favourite sport whether it is golf, billiards, snooker, bowling, tennis, squash or other sports.
This ancient outdoor market has been operating for centuries. Particular specialities on this souk are traditional garments, spices and handicrafts. There are also plenty of opportunities to buy a souvenir here. The souk isn’t just somewhere you can shop, however. There are lots of places to get something to eat, or you can relax in one of the shisha lounges in the souk.
The Corniche is Doha’s attractive waterfront promenade. This is truly the go-to place in the city for a pleasant walk in the afternoon or evening. The Corniche is also near some of the cultural attractions in the city, such as the Museum of Islamic Art. Incidentally, at the water’s edge near this museum you can soak up one of the best views in Qatar. Look across the water and you’ll see the skyscrapers of West Bay.
The Museum of Islamic Art
The Museum of Islamic Art is a flagship museum in Qatar. The architecture of this five-storey building draws a great deal of its inspiration from ancient Islamic architecture, and the building itself was designed by the prize-winning architect I.M.Pei. Collections include glass, ceramics, metalwork, manuscripts and more.
Sports facilities in Doha
Doha has a host of sports facilities. You can practise your putting down at the Doha Golf Club, which offers courses for golfers of all levels. Meanwhile, the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash complex is the place to work up a sweat, racket in hand. The Losail Circuit Sports Club, on the other hand, should be your destination when you feel a need for speed, since the club features a motor racing track which is also suitable for cycling and motocross.
Business in Doha
Doha offers substantial business opportunities, thanks to the creation of the Qatar Science and Technology Park. This free zone is a business park with offices and facilities for tech startups and other technology businesses. Business operation in the zone comes with a range of perks such as tax benefits.
If you’re flying into Doha for business, the good news is, the main airport is just 20 minutes from the city centre. Located on the eastern outskirts of Doha, Hamad International Airport is the newer airport in the city.
The financial sector
The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), located in Doha, was founded in 2005 to attract international financial institutions and multi-national corporations. This business and financial centre provides legal and business infrastructure for financial services and has the Its vision is to be the financial centre of choice in the Middle East.
Qatar - A Meetings Destination
Qatar Tourism Authority was given the mission to develop Qatar into a leading world-class events destination for the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) sector, reputed for quality and excellence, and guiding the development of sustainable events and supporting infrastructure.