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MIA Park the Unique Spot for Photos!
A stroll by the beautiful MIA Park, which is adjacent to the Museum of Islamic Art is a must visit if you happen to be in Doha.
For locals it is a loving spot for family gatherings during weekends but it also keeps busy with different happenings and events that take place out here all year round.
For tourists it is the ideal place to be if you wish to take photos of the skyline of Doha.
The Café terrace is open for everyone and visitors can have a seat for as long as they wish even without having to order a thing.
Monuments along the Corniche
Close to the Museum of Islamic Art, you will see this fountain in form of an oyster with a pearl. It symbolizes the importance of the pearl diving industry which was the backbone of economy in this area until the discovery of oil.
-Coffee pot close to Sheraton
Can't say much about this one - just that it has an easily recognizable oriental connotation
Yellow slogans like „Think“, „Realize“ and „Achieve“ are written in Arabic and English in big yellow letters. They are good photo motives with the skyline in the background and can be found halfway along the Corniche, not far away from the Oryx.
-Orry the Onyx
This big Onyx antilope carrying a flame torch is a reminder of the Asian Games which took place in Doha in 2006. Orry was the mascot of the games and a symbol for the first bigger sport event Doha ever hosted.
Leisure life takes place along the Corniche where you can see people of all classes and all ethnic backgrounds enjoying their free time. The Corniche is a 5 km long curved boulevard leading along the coastline. That means that you have always the sea on one side while on the other side there is a small stretch of grass and a very busy street. The Corniche leads from the old part of Doha close to the Museum of Islamic Art and the dhow harbour to the centre of modern Doha at the Sheraton Hotel. Unfortunately, there are few places to buy a drink on the corniche itself. There is one kiosk close to the Sehraton and another one in the middle of the Corniche (close to the National theatre and the Balhambar restaurant). At the end, close to the dhow harbour, there is an authentic old style café which looks to be from another time.
Especially in the evening when it becomes a little colder, the place is popular with walkers, joggers, skaters and the like. In this time, you can get also a wonderful view on the skyline and have a good look at all the illuminated monuments.
Talking about monuments, there are several of those along the Corniche. Well, most of them can't be desribed as monuments but more like big sculptures. While they are no reason to make a detour, each one has its own charme and makes a good photo motive during daytime as well as in the night. Please see my seperate tip about „Monuments along the Corniche“ for further information.
Before the discovery of oil and gas, the Persian Gulf region was poor and highly underdeveloped. It lacked much of the physical and human capital infrastructure found in other Arab countries, and its people lived by a few industries that did not always produce a significant amount of surplus readily available for export. Along the coast, fishing, pearl diving and trade with Iran and the Sub-Continent were important sources of revenue. The brilliant blue waters of the Gulf were charted by Arabs in their dhows, and this maritime tradition and heritage still holds some importance in the national consciousness of peoples in Kuwait and Qatar, as well as Bahrain and the UAE. In Qatar, an attempt at preserving and displaying this heritage has been made at the dhow harbor. Here, it is possible to watch a variety of traditional dhows floating along the spectacular waters of the Gulf. The traditional rigging and decoration can be quite beautiful, and make for wonderful mementoes (in the form of photographs, of course) of a visit to Qatar.
- Arts and Culture
Walk along the Corniche
The Corniche is the man-made shoreline in the city and is a destination for tourists, runners, walkers and the like. It has nice vews and great sunsets. It consists of a wide walkway with water on one side, and grass on the other. Beyond the grass is a VERY busy street that is not easy to cross.
- Hiking and Walking
- Business Travel
The one of the most beautiful places in the world. I laid out on that beautiful strip many lazy afternoons and there is nothing like the peace and beauty u get from that place. I miss it more that I can say.
The Big Orry
This huge statue of Orry, the Doha Asian Games mascot, has become a centrepiece of the Corniche. Orry, who is an oryx - an endangered species of large antelope native to Qatar - is holding the Asian Games torch. Behind him is a clock counting down the days until the start of the Games on December 1st, 2006. Less than two hundred days to go!
- Adventure Travel
Enjoy the Cornishe
One of the fun things u can do in doha is to go jogging by the cornishe, it is nice with a large pavement and grass area along, the cornishe is marked with distance points so u can see how long u've run. best time to go by sunset,
You can get anywhere from here
The Corniche is the road that runs along the water in Doha. It is also where many of the attractions of Doha can be found. The Corniche has a river walk where you can always see families walking together or people jogging and biking. If you ever get lost in Doha, just remember that you can go anywhere from the Corniche.
The Doha Corniche stretches 7km around Doha Bay. It is an ideal place to see locals walking with their families, jogging, talking or taking naps in the shade of all the palm trees which line the paved walkway. There is a photo exhibit up now near one of the cafe's which is worth a visit and postcards and posters can be purchased from the cafe. It is also a great spot to check out the Doha city skyline. Early in the morning during my visit there tended to be a haze that was soon burnt off by the sun.
The Corniche, Doha
The Corniche, (the seefront promenade) is a nice place to stroll around and look at the cityscape, the sea and the old boats.
- Family Travel
- Business Travel
Diwan Emiri (The Emir's Palace)
This downtown Palace is the principle working palace for the Emir. It is promenently located along the Corniche.
During your waterfront stroll along the Corniche, you'll likely pass this Oyster statue/fountain. It's a tribute the the local pearl-diving industry.
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