The Khalifa International Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Doha, Qatar - the one where the 2006 Asian Games, in case you watched them. It was built over a 1976 football stadium (in particular the roof, that was not present in the original cosntruction) and enlarged as to host 50'000 spectators. its modern architecture is quite interesting.
However what caught my fance was the adjacent 300 metres tall Aspire Tower. I saw it and (blessed ignorance!) mistook it for a huge incinerator. I took photos of it, thinking I would show my friends how artistic an incinerator can be - just to find out that it is not only the tallest building in Qatar - but that its incinerator-like shape is designed to look like a hand grasping the torch for the Asian Games.
The Aspire Zone was built to host the Asian Games in Doha in 2006 and is a state of the art sporting and leisure complex with some of the worlds finest stadia. The zone attracts and accommodates local and international users from elite competitors to the general public. The area houses retail outlets and a 5 star hotel too.
Orry the oryx, the mascot for the 15th Asian Games to be held in Doha in December 2006, is popping up all over town. On banners and life-size statues, on buildings and watertowers, Orry is showing off his skills in all 39 sports that will be part of the Games. Here's just a sample of the Orrys around town; see how many you can spot!
In preparation for the upcoming Asian Games, Doha is building a major sports complex with multiple arenas and other facilities. I'm sure it will be a great place to visit once it's all done.