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Fishing is Popular in Doha
Since Qatar has seen explosive growth, as a result recreational opportunities including fishing have increased for both residents and tourists. Fishing however is not recommended in summer because heat is unbearable (sweltering summer heat). Winters though are very mild.
Nearly 150 species of fish have been discovered off Qatar's coastline, with snapper, grouper, sea bass and tuna being the most sought-after species. Qatar's northeast coast is the nation's most popular fishing grounds, and because of heavy commercial fishing, it is usually necessary to fish offshore.
Depending on your budget, and the time you spare for this recreational sport/hobby, there are different ways to enjoy fishing in Qatar. (Check the link)
We happened to be guests on this trip and it was really another welcoming experience out of my trip at Doha.
A fishing license is not required for recreational fishing; the State of Qatar requires only fishing vessels to be licensed.
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Khalifa Stadium and Aspire Tower
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!
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New sports complex
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.
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