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Doha Travel Guide

Doha is the capital of Qatar. It is a city of 998,651 people (2008). Doha is Qatar's largest city, with over 80% of the nation's population residing in Doha or its surrounding suburbs, and is also the economic centre of the country.

Doha is home to the Education City, an area devoted to research and education. Doha was the site of the first ministerial-level meeting of the Doha Development Round of World Trade Organization negotiations. The city of Doha also held the 2006 Asian Games, which was the largest Asian Games ever held. It hosted the AFC Asian Cup 2011 and will also host a large number of the venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Doha is currently bidding to host the 2020 Summer Olympics

Tours in Doha

Doha City tour
Full Day Doha City Tour
Full Day North of Qatar tour
Half Day Doha Desert/Inland Safari
Doha Full day Desert Safari
Qatar Overnight Safari
Doha Dhow Cruise Dinner
Half day Camel Track, Sheikh Faisal Museum & Equestrian Club Tour

Hotels in Doha

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Museum of Islamic Arts

The Museum of Islamic Arts, which is to be completed by 2006 in time for the Asian Games, will be a notable landmark for the city of Doha and provide the highest standards of display conversation, research and renovation. The museum will also serve as an educational institution offering support to local schools and providing facilities for research scholars from within Qatar and from overseas. The Islamic Museum will display the Qatar National Collection of Islamic Art � a world class collection of ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, woodwork, glass and other items made in countries all over the Islamic World from medieval Spain to Central Asia and India.

Qatar National Library

Designed by the famous architect Arata Isozaki, Qatar National Library, the major repository of bibliographic references on the country, will be a landmark and a minaret of knowledge. The library will include the National History Museum, galleries, a children�s centre, closed book stacks, reading rooms, a restaurant, a lecture room, and conference hall. Construction will be completed by 2006 in time for the Asian Games.

Qatar National Museum Expansion

The expansion to the existing Qatar National Museum is designed by the well-known French architect Jean Nouvel and due for completion in 2006. The museum will adopt the most modern concepts in musicology providing a lively experience, and will house six main themes - the land, the origins, historic settlements, Qatar and the sea, Nomadic life, and the wonders of nature.

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Sports in Doha

Doha is home to a number of sports stadiums, many of which were renovated in preparation for the 15th Asian Games, held in December 2006, which Doha spent $2.8 billion for preparation. Doha also hosted the 3rd West Asian Games in December 2005. Doha is also expected to host the 2011 Asian Indoor Games; Doha was also host the finals for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. Qatar is aiming to be the region's sports capital.

Sports venues in Doha and its suburbs include:

Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium – Al-Ahly Stadium
Thani bin Jassim Stadium – Al-Gharrafa Stadium
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium (Al Sadd Stadium)
Al Rayyan Stadium- Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
Al-Arabi Stadium – Grand Hamad Stadium
Hamad Aquatic Centre
Khalifa International Stadium – Main venue for the 2006 Asian Games.
Khalifa International Tennis Complex
Qatar Sports Club Stadium
ASPIRE Academy, launched in 2004, is a sports academy which aims to create world-class athletes. It is situated in the Doha Sports City Complex, which also includes the Khalifa International Stadium, the Hamad Aquatic Centre and the Aspire Tower.

The MotoGP motorcycling grand prix of Doha is held annually at Losail International Circuit, located just north of the city.

Under-construction stadiums/sport facilities:

The Wall Stadium would become the world's largest underground stadium, dwarfing the Fjellhallen ice-hockey arena in Norway, and would be the main venue for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.[21] The stadium is estimated to cost 20 million dollars. The stadium will have the latest technology and roads leading to the stadium will be easy. While the New Paralympic stadium south of the new City of Lusail will be the most advance Paralympic stadium.

In 2001, Qatar also became the first country in the Middle East to hold a women's tennis tournament: Qatar holds both the Qatar Open for Women and the ladies ITF tournament. Since 2008 and at least for 3 years, the Sony Ericsson Championships (equivalent to the ATP's season-ending Championships) takes place in Doha, in the Khalifa International Tennis Complex, and features record prize money of $4.45 million (check of $1,485,000 for the winner, which represents the largest single guaranteed payout in women's tennis today).

Doha submitted a bid for the 2016 Olympics.[23] It already had more than 70% of the venues ready that were used during the Asian Games in 2006. If Doha had won, an olympic village would have been constructed and would have had the shape of a dove and been 67 hectares in size with a capacity of 18,000 people, housing officials, athletes and coaches.[24] (See Doha 2016 Olympic bid) On June 4, 2008, the city was eliminated from the shortlist for the 2016 Olympic Games. On August 26, 2011 it was confirmed that Doha would bid for the 2020 Olympics.

In November 2009, Doha hosted the The Oryx Cup World Championship. This is a hydroplane boat race in the H1 Unlimited season. The race took place in Doha Bay on the Persian Gulf. The H1 Unlimited and the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF) agreed to have the final race of the 2009 H1 Unlimited unlimited hydroplane season in Doha. Ten of the fastest racing boats in the world traveled to Doha November 2009 for the inaugural Oryx Cup event—the H1 Unlimited World Championship—as a result of an Agreement in Principle reached January 9 between the ABRA and the QMSF.

In December 2010, Qatar won the rights to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and bring the event to the region for the first time. As a result of Qatar's harsh summers and the small population of the country, the bid contained several unique elements which were unprecedented in World Cup history. The winning bid proposed that all stadiums constructed to host the World Cup would be built as air conditioned indoor venues, in order to ensure that the event could be held in summer.

History of Doha


Cities in Qatar

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Al Ghuwariyah
Al Jumaliyah (Al Jumayliyah)[17]
Al Khawr
Al Wakrah
Ar Rayyan
Jariyan al Batnah
Ash Shamal
Umm Salal

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