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||Qatar has developed itself from being a poor pearl fishing country, to one among the richest Gulf states, due to the exploitation of oil and gas fields since 1940.
Majority of the country is covered by sand dunes and salt flats. The City of Doha is a rich mixture of traditional Arabic combined with modern architecture. Among those that are particularly interesting, are The Grand Mosque with numerous domes and the Abu Bakir al-Siddiq Mosque. The north has quite a few historic sites, such as Umm Salal Mohammed, which is a large village conquered by the ruins of 19th century fort.
||Like a magnet, the Doha Museum of Islamic Art draws you to it immediately when seen from afar. I hasten my step to become part of this magnificent work of architecture as soon as possible. Approaching on a slight gradient punctuated by date palms on either side, I am suddenly inside the building. Left, right and front of me is the sea! Opposite the museum rise the skyscrapers of Doha City, each one a marvel of modern design. This must be the very definition of contrast born of aesthetics and synergy!
|Food and drink
||Much to the degree that the Qataris have embraced air-conditioning, they have also, to a shocking degree, taken to American fast food chains.
Inside Villagio mall, for example, you can find Mcdonalds, KFC (they even deliver), Hardees, Krispy Kreme, TGI Fridays, Macaroni Grill, Quiznos, Cold Stone Creamery, Baskin Robbings and on and on and on and on.
It seems the average price for a meal in the fast food places is around 20 riyals ($5. 50)and a meal in places like TGI Fridays seems to run around 50 riyals ($13). So I guess these prices are more or less in line with what you’d expect to pay back in the states.
I’ve also seen an Arby’s (for those who enjoy rubber sandwiches) an Applebee’s, a Cinnabon, Chillis and a few more that I can’t remember right now. Basically, if it’s an American food chain, then you can probably find it here.
From wikipedia about Doha
Doha (الدوحة, ' or ', literally: "the big tree") is the capital city of the state of Qatar
. Located on the Persian Gulf, it had a population of 998, 651 in 2008, and is also one of the municipalities of Qatar
. 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 also serves as the seat of government of Qatar
, which is ruled by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. 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 will also be the venue of the 2011 Pan Arab Games. 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 and the 2017 World Championships in Athletics.
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