Surface Area of City Prefecture (Municipality) of Doha: 132 km2 (51 sq miles)
Urban - no information available.
Population of Doha : 344 thousand 939 (Source: GeoNames geographical database).
The city today known as Doha (or locally also: Ad Dahwa) was first established in the year 1825 AD as a fishing village known as Al-Bidda. In the year 1963, Doha was the first ever city and municipality within Qatar. In 1971, after the Independence of Qatar Doha in the year 1971, the city became the Capital of the Emirate of Qatar.
Although Doha today is a brand new and modern city most of which has just recently developed, there are plenty of Landmarks and Monuments to visit and marvel at.
Public Transport in Doha City ( and Qatar)
MAIN TRAIN STATION OF DOHA:
Historically Doha City has NO TRAIN STATION. However, currently an underground Train System, the Doha Subway / Metro system is under construction for the first time bringing train transport to the city and even the Gulf Region. The first Subway / Metro Line to be opened in Doha City and Qatar will be the Red Line.
DOHA SUBWAY / METRO SYSTEM:
The underground railway system under construction in Doha City is the first ever railway to be constructed in the Emirate of Qatar and the wider Gulf Region. As such it has been officially designated
Doha has two International Airports, a Yachting Harbor, an Industrial Harbor Facility but NO Railroad Station. A Subway / Metro underground system is currently being develloped.
The primary means of travel to the city of Doha is either by air or sea.
In addition to the existing Doha International Airport (DIA), an additional International Airport will be opened in 2013 in the West Bay Area. This airport is now designated as Doha Hamad International Airport (HIA). Upon the reaching of full operation levels at HIA, DIA will cease to exist as an airport for International Jet Passenger Flights. Instead, Doha International Airport will be the hub for Helicopter Flights in the Gulf Area and will further be home to the Qatar General Aviation College and serve a number of Military Functions. The new DIA Doha Hamad International Airport will be the designated airfield for International Passenger Flights.
VISA ARRANGEMENTS FOR QATAR:
Visa arrangements for Qatar are quick and easy at this Time. In fact, one does not have to arrange for a Visa before traveling (by Air) to Doha in the Emirate of Qatar. Visa's can be arranged upon arrival at Doha Hamad International Airport.
Prohibited items in Qatar include alcohol, narcotics and explicit material (especially nude images and pornography). Legal Penalties may be substantial (severe). Passengers should confirm with their airline of travel for further information and refrain from risk seeking behavior.
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Already under construction since the year 2012 is the new Palm Hotel of Qatar, which is set to rival its elder twin the world famous and spectacular Palm Hotel of Dubai (Situated due eastward across the waters of the Persian Gulf).
The new "Entertainment City" is under construction as part of the new Lusail City District in the north of Doha (Beyond West Bay Business District). Apart from the Soccer Stadiums for the 2022 FIFA Soccer Wolrd Cup the entertainment district is planned to have a Six Flags Theme Park as well as an artificial Amazonian Jungle area that is contained.
Doha has a hot desert climate with sunny days virtually all year around.
Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 14°C to 41°C and is
rarely below 10°C or above 44°C. The warm season in Qatar lasts from May 10 to
September 26. The colder season in Qatar lasts from December 5 to March 6 at which time day-time temperatures drop significantly (to below 25°C) but chance of rainfall increases to about 15% daily.
Due to the surrounding deserts of the Arabian Peninsula and the prevailing desert climate, precipitation is sparse to virtually none existent in Doha and Qatar (as well as the neighboring United Arab Emirates. Generally speaking rainfall is not the worry of visitors and tourists. The air humidity in Qatar however does at times. Around the year, the air humidity in Doha may vary greatly, ranging between an unusual and unlikely 18% to the full 100%. Noteably, air humidity does not much relate to the hot and cold seasons and very humid days with humidities above 90% may occur in any month.
The most precipitation falls in the month of March, when cloud cover is the most likely. The dryest month on average is the Month of August, with cloud cover unlikely and an average chance of rain fall near 1% daily. When rain occurs in Doha it usually comes in the form of light or moderate rain, with thunderstorms sometimes occuring. Snow fall never occurs in Qatar.
The warm season lasts from May 10 to September 26 with an average daily high temperature above 37°C. The hottest day of the year is July 6, with an average high of 41°C and low of 31°C.
The cold season lasts from December 5 to March 6 with an average daily high temperature
below 25°C. The coldest day of the year is January 22, with an average low of 14°C and high of
Due to its vicinity to the Equator, in the Emirate of Qatar, the length of the day varies significantly
over the course of the year. The shortest day is December 21 with 10:34 hours of daylight; the
longest day is June 20 with 13:43 hours of daylight.
The Doha International Airport, the Old Airport, lies at an elevation of 11 meters. It is expected to cease operations for International passenger flights in the beginning of 2014. After that date, all International Passenger traffic and tourist flights to- and from Doha will pass through HIA = Hamad International Airport.
Transport between Doha Airports:
With two airports operation in Doha City Shuttle buses will travel in between. The shuttle bus from DIA to HIA will be departing every 30 minutes, and will be operating on a 24 hour basis. Passengers will need to allow an extra 20 minutes to your travelling time as compared with DIA.
At DIA (The Old Airport and current Helicopter Port), the shuttle bus will be departing and arriving at the bus stop located in the short term car park, in front of departure terminal A.
At HIA (Hamad) the shuttle bus will be departing and arriving at the bus pavilion located outside concourse A, the shuttle bus service will be for both staff and passenger use.
Contact Doha International Airport (DIA) for additional information:
Telephone : +974 4465 6666
Fax : +974 4462 2044
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Postal address : PO Box 24659, Doha, Qatar
There is an abundance of Hotels available in Doha City. Price ranges and class of Hotel range between normal or average and the extremely luxury. Choose your Hotel or Resort according to your needs and planned location.
LIST OF HOTELS IN DOHA:
5 Star Range
Al Sultan Hotel and Resort, Doha Four Seasons Hotel, Fareej Sharq Hotel and Resort, Doha Grand Hyatt Hotel, Doha Grand Regency Hotel, Doha Intercontinental Hotel, La Cigale Hotel, Doha Marriott Hotel, Movenpick Tower & Suites of Doha, Oryx Rotana Hotel, Radison Blu Hotel Signal, Ramada Plaza Hotel, Doha Sheraton Hotel and Resort, etc
4 Star Range
Al Bustan Hotel, Gloria Hotel Doha, Mercure Grand Hotel, Merweb Al Sadd Hotel, Swiss Bell/Hotel Doha, etc
Although originally and historically a close-knit Tribal Community, today's Emirate of Qatar is truly cosmopolitan and international type of society. With a population of nearly 2 million souls, the Emirate of Qatar counts around 400.000 ethnic Qatari citizens and an additional labor force of about 1.5 million people most of whom have migrated from oversea's.
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(DOHA) HAMAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
The new Doha Hamad International Airport has been opened in the year 2013. It is situated due East of Doha City center, at a driving distance of around 20 minutes from the city center and 30 minutes from the popular West Bay Business, Beach and Resort Area. Since the 4th quarter of the year 2013 Hamad Airport is the official home airfield of Qatar Airlines, the National carrier.
Hamad Airport is an entirely new facility constructed after land reclamation from the sea created an extended zone of land due west of the roginal Doha International Airport.
Hamad International Airport has 41 contact gates and offers an additional 22 free standing positions for aircraft. A glimmering feat of modern architecture, the design of Hamad International Airport was created by H.O.K.
The New Hamad Airport is completely up to modern standards with all due facilities. For more information, please refer to / check page:
as the Qatar Railway. The Company operating the system is known as Al Rail. It has a logo composed of three pointy triangles.
Directions for Passengers on the Doha Subway / Metro system are available in English and Arabic Languages. The system is easily accesible and usable for wheelchair bound passengers, the elderly and children.
Available Subway Lines in Doha City.
The first available line of the Doha subway / metro system is the Red Line. It connects the downtown Doha City (City Center) with the new Lusail District (neighborhood) which is under construction on the north end of current day Doha City. The Lusal neighborhood is expected to become the
YouTube Video: New Railway System of Qatar, the underground trains of Doha City under construction.
Google supported Map of Doha City in the Emirate of Qatar, by AsiaReportcom.
The year 2030 Development Vision for Doha and Qatar by Richard Quest for CNN.
home of some 200 thousand additional inhabitants of Qatar and will be the location and venue of the 2022 Doha Qatar FIFA Soccer World Championship.
Find out all details on the operational parts of the new Doha Subway / Metro System.
Airport : Doha International Airport (DIA)
Hamad International Airport (HIA)
A listing of all available Maps relevant to Doha City, the Emirate of Qatar and the Gulf Region. Satellite Image Maps, Historic Maps, demographic maps, etc.
Various Fortresses as listed above.
The zoo lies 20 km from Doha on Salwa Road. It has a varied collection of animals, reptiles and birds as well as a mini amusement park for children. The zoo opens from 3 pm to 7 pm and closes on Saturdays. Entrance fees are QR2 for children and QR5 for adults.
- Al Khor Museum, situated in Al Khor Town (Al Khawr!) at a distance of 57 kilometers from Doha City Center. The museum is housed in a two story building of interesting architecture. The museum has exhibits highlighting the archeological finds done in Al Khawr and explains about the history of human inhabitation of Qatar.
- Al Wakrah Museum, situated in Al Wakrah Town at some 17 kilometers distance from Doha City Center. It is a museum that has an exhibition on the marine life in the Persian Gulf and along the coastline of Doha and also has features teaching about natural history.
A Full listing of Doha City Landmarks, Monuments, Hotspots and other sites of importance in alphabetical order. Search through the list to find your Full Report and Photo-Virtual Tour of each monument or landmark within the City, or Region of Doha in the Emirate of Qatar.
LANDMARKS AND MONUMENTS OF THE EMIRATE OF QATAR:
LANDMARKS AND MONUMENTS OF DOHA MUNICIPALITY AREA:
Among the most famous and interesting historical landmarks of Qatar are its collection of Military Bastions and Fortresses, some of which can be found within the city limits of Doha.
Starting with the historic Fortress of Doha City, The Fortresses of the Emirate of Qatar are:
Doha Fortress (Al Koot):
It is one of the remaining military forts in Doha. It lies on Jassim Bin Mohammed Street and opens daily and the Entrance is free of charge.
Al Wajba Fort:
Situated 15 km south of Doha, Al Wajba Fort was built in the late 18th century or the early 19th century at the time of late sheikh Abdullah Bin Jassim Al Thani. It derives its historical importance from being the ground for a famous battle in which the Qatari people defeated the Ottoman forces in 1893, and from being the residence of Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Thani at various periods. The fort has rooms on the ground floor and upstairs and is well known for its four watchtowers. It was restored to its original state and is one of the popular tourist attractions within the Emirate.
Umm Salal Muhammad Fort:
This fort lies in Umm Salal Mohammad area, at a distance of 21 km from Doha. It is one of the residential forts that date back to the late 19th century.
Al Zubara Fort:
Al Zubara Fort lies 105km northwest of Doha. It is open for the public daily except on Fridays and Saturdays, and Entrance is free of charge.
Situated in Umm Salal Mohammed, the tower dates back to the late 19th century AD.
- Museum of Islamic Art
- National Museum of Qatar
- Weaponry Museum:
Far less renowned then the above is the weaponry museum. For a taste of what desert life and warfare was like, go have a look. The exhibits are quite sensational. The museum displays rare samples of swords, daggers and miscellaneous firearms and their accessories. It lies in Al Lagta area in the suburbs of Doha.
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LANDMARKS AND MONUMENTS OF DOHA CITY:
Doha Golf Club
The club has a grass track and a sand track as well as courts for camel and horse beauty contests and local championships. The club organizes the Emiri Sword event and Qatar International Desert Marathon. It is a most interesting place to visit while relaxing and enjoying life in Doha City.
Most visitors and tourist who come to the Arabian Peninsula and Qatar will absolutely agree, a visit to a traditional Arabian market, a Suq, is a must for anyone eager to catch a wiff of local and regional culture. No one wants to miss out. In this the city of Doha can certainly oblige. There are at least three renowned and original traditional markets within the city of Doha today. As one might have expected the traditional markets of the city of Doha all lie within the city center.
Mind you, as is the tradition due to the prevailing high temperatures, the Suq opens in the early morning but closes during the mid-day and the afternoon. After the long mid-day break (also allowing for prayers) business resumes in the evening and continues well into the late hours. Anyone is always invited to have a browse of the many products on offer.
There are five seperate Suq´ traditional markets operating in Doha. These are listed below:
- Suq Waqif (The Old Market)
- Souq Al Aseeri
- Souq Al Jabr
- Souq Al Deerah
- Souq Al Ahmed
There are many fully air-conditioned and modern shopping malls in the city of Doha, and with construction ongoing their number is set to rise within Doha and the new District of Lousail on the northern end of town. Shopping Malls are usually open during the entire day, and usually there is opportunity for visiting and buying in the evenings as well. General opening hours for Malls in Doha City are 9 AM to 10 PM.
The main and most well known Malls are listed below :
- The Mall, Land Mark, Hayatt Plaza, Royal Plaza, Al Mana Center, Al Muftah, Al Salam Plaza, Blue Saloon, City Center Mall, Lulu Center, Center Point, Villaggio and others.
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Yet another fascinating development is the construction of the Qatar to Bahrain Friendship Bridge which is a state of the art feat modern marime engineering as well as an architectural work of art.