Doha City The capital city is situated on a calm bay halfway along the east coast of the Qatar peninsula. Its two municipalities of Doha and Al Rayyan house the majority of the population. The 7-km Doha Corniche links the cultural centres of Souq Waqif and the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) with the glittering towers of Al Dafna business and residential district and The Pearl Island. Doha is the administrative, commercial and cultural centre of Qatar, providing modern amenities while at the same time preserving its past.
Lusail City is an extension of Doha to the north across an area of 38 sq km and will include four exclusive islands and 19 multi-purpose residential, mixed use, entertainment and commercial districts. The total estimated number of visitors to Lusail will eventually reach 450,000. The city includes numerous residential units, office and government buildings, and more than 20 hotels.
Al Khor and Al Wakra – Former Pearl and Fishing Centres
Al Khor is a coastal city in northern Qatar, located 50 km north of Doha. Considered as one of Qatar’s largest cities, Al Khor means ‘creek’ in Arabic, and was given this name because the original settlement was built on a creek. Al Khor is easily reached on Al Shamal Road (Route 1) and on Al Khor Road (Route 6). Al Khor is home to many sightseeting hotspots including Al Khor Corniche, Al Khor Park and Zoo, Panda House, Al Khor Beach, Purple Island and mangroves, which are full of vegetation and bird life. It is also home to Al Khor Fish Harbour, Al Bayt Stadium and Al Khor Mall.
Al Khor Tower and Museum is a small museum in the old police station, showing early life in this small town, as well as some archaeological discoveries from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. Large public gardens to the north of Al Khor (signposted from Al Shamal Road) also attract weekend picnickers. Beaches in Al Khor include Al Khor Beach, Al Thakhira Beach and Al Farkiya Beach. See Sightseeing in this section for more information. Al Khor Community is home to a large expatriate population working in Ras Laffan Industrial City.
Al Wakra is notable for its bustling fishing harbour and is just 10 minutes’ drive south of the capital on Route 7. It has become a popular commuter suburb and several private schools have relocated there. Numerous mosques, old minarets, forts and wind towers offer some of the finest examples of traditional architecture – see Abu Manaratain Mosque and House of Sheikh Ghanim bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Sightseeing in this section. One of Al Wakra’s main attractions is Souq Al Wakra, which is home to a variety of shops and restaurants along the beach. Just inland from the beach is a fenced and beautifully landscaped park, with a children’s play area.
QatarEnergy’s Industrial Cities
Dukhan Industrial City is the oldest settlement founded after the discovery of oil in the surrounding fields during the 1930s. The centre of onshore operations is undergoing a QAR1.6 bn plan to cover all aspects of urban development
Mesaieed Industrial City is in the southeast of the country. Mesaieed itself has a port, and adjacent to the north is the hugely impressive Hamad Port, plus a new naval base. Mesaieed is undergoing a QAR14 bn renovation plan by QatarEnergy (QE). The town centre has a striking QE building and, beside it, a group of shops and restaurants, used by visitors to Sealine Beach Resort, Khor Al Adaid and other beaches and dunes before and after their adventures.
Ras Laffan Industrial City covers 294 sq km and lies on the east coast 80 km north of Doha. A part of QE’s Industrial Cities Directorate, this purpose-built industrial city has the largest gas exportation seaport and gas liquefaction plants in the Gulf region and is one of the biggest industrial cities in the world. Access is by invitation only.
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