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Rapidly modernizing and billed as one of worlds fastest growing cities, Qatar’s Doha is filled with some amazing contrasts and photogenic opportunities. The buildings are stylish and modern, the institutions are magnificent and history is incredible.

There are so many “top 10 things to see in Doha”  and its not that big so many places and landmarks repeat, but just few images from our flying visit. And there’s a few more at Doha images

Museum of Islamic Arts is an impressive building from outside, above palm lined entrance ramp and below the entrance foyer with its dramatic circular staircase. One side of the staircase and the floor, ceiling and lighting patterns make a complex architectural vision.


From the Corniche promenade through an opening in one of the pieces of public art, to Al Dafna, the business district across Doha Bay.

One of the traditional style fishing dhow now used for tourist cruises,

Karak, traditional sweetened coffee drink in Qatar served at this little cafe in Katara Cultural Village. Waiters ready for next order to be served through window.

Simple effect of this Islamic architecture in white with red and blue seats above and the modern urban architecture of Al Dafna, the business district of Doha. New construction is underway everywhere you turn.

Completed about 2006 The Pear-Qatar, an up-market residential development with marina for residents.

Who go to the trouble to build such imposing structures just fors flock or two of pigeons?

In the Katara Cultural village, Doha, that’s what they have done, said to be of Arab/Islamic heritage.

 Dhow rigging along the Corniche.

Everything imaginable can be purchased at Souq Waqif, clothes, fabrics, perfumes, cage birds, falcons, spices and on and on. A colourful and vibrant place every evening.

Some night scenes around the souq below.

Al Fanar Mosque, next to Souq Waqif illuminated at night with lights of passing cars on street.

A man and his bird.

The desert animal, camel ready here for tourist rides.

And riding in the shadow.

As already stated the are a few more images from around Doha, click here; images

Wandering the Corniche, a drive through Al Dafna and some of the new up-market residential areas such as the Pearl-Qatar, a night and dinner at Souq Waqif, the museums and a trip into the desert all worth the effort that will provide those lasting memories and photos we all seek. Many would say the massive shopping malls are a must, I’m not so sure, but over to you.

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