Qatar – Priceless pearls in an ancient setting

Discover Qatar’s stunningly modern capital where skyscrapers punctuate the skyline, contrasting with traditional souqs and dhows in the harbour. Doha’s grand constructions set the tone, from the Museum of Islamic Art, built on a man-made peninsula at the southern end of the Corniche (a seven-kilometre-long waterfront promenade), to the Katara Cultural village, a modern creation evoking ancient architecture. Other attractions include the torch-shaped, 300-metre-tall Aspire Tower, with its dazzling night-time displays, and the Pearl-Qatar, a four-square-kilometre artificial island resembling a string of pearls. For a glimpse of traditional Qatar, browse the Souq Waqif marketplace or head out of Doha to watch camel racing in Al-Shahaniya. You can also visit a fort, such as Al-Zubarah, or check out abandoned fishing villages (Al-Areesh, Al-Khuwair or Al-Jemail). For relaxing scenery, escape to Al-Khor’s beautiful “Purple Island” and the Al-Thakira Mangrove Forest. Alternatively, enjoy a beach holiday on the golden sand of Al-Wakra.
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