Doha is the current capital city of Qatar, also officially known as the State of Qatar. Qatar is located in Southwest Asia in the Qatar peninsula. It is surrounded by the Persian Gulf and shares only one land border to the South with Saudi Arabia. Doha has an estimated population of roughly 956,460 people, which makes it the most populated city of Qatar, as that figure accounts for around 40% of the country's total population. The city lies in the Eastern part of Qatar on the coast of the Persian Gulf. Doha was founded in the early 19th century, but was later declared as Qatar's capital in the year 1971 when the country gained independence. The weather in Doha is tropic, characterized by hot Summers from May through October. Listed below are some of the favorite experiences to enjoy after the cruise to Doha, Qatar:
- Those interested in learning and viewing Islamic art should pay a visit to the Museum of Islamic Art, which is a spectacular feature of Doha's skyline. The museum displays the full scope of Islamic art dating back 1,400 years and collected from three different continents.
- Visitors should not miss the opportunity to visit Souq Waqif, which is the renovated Arabic market. Leisurely walks in Souq Waqif, provide the chance to soak in the traditional architecture and culture of Doha. The market is dotted with small shops that offer an array of Middle Eastern merchandise.
- Another fun activity would be to visit the Doha Corniche, which is a waterfront promenade around Doha Bay that is seven kilometers in length. The Corniche provides a unique pedestrian experience within the heart of the capital where one can enjoy stunning views of the city.
- To the Southwest, there lies Qatar's largest area of sand desert. This provides visitors the unique chance of taking a recreational safari. These safaris reward visitors with spectacular views of the landscape from the high desert dunes that always change depending on the time of day and lighting.