Visual Opi8: Doha, Qatar

*Visual Opi8 will be a series of photo articles spotlighting individual attractions that will inspire you to want to travel to these countries adding them to your bucket list.

Doha is the capital and most populous city of the State of Qatar. Doha has a population of 1,850,000 in the city proper with the population close to 2.4 million. The city is located on the coast of the Persian Gulf in the east of the country. It is Qatar's fastest growing city, with over 80% of the nation's population living in Doha or its surrounding suburbs, and it is also the economic center of the country.

Doha was founded in the 1820s as an offshoot of Al Bidda. It was officially declared as the country's capital in 1971 when Qatar gained independence from being a British Protectorate.  As the commercial capital of Qatar and one of the emergent financial centers in the Middle East, Doha is considered a world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. Doha accommodates Education City, an area devoted to research and education.

Qatar is a peninsular Arab country whose terrain comprises arid desert and a long Persian (Arab) Gulf shoreline of beaches and dunes. Also on the coast is the capital, Doha, known for its futuristic skyscrapers and other ultramodern architecture inspired by ancient Islamic design, such as the limestone Museum of Islamic Art. The museum sits on the city’s Corniche waterfront promenade.

Doha Qatar
Doha Qatar Photo: travelpassionate.com
Qatar
Photo: aijac.org.au
The Pearl Qatar
The Pearl Qatar Photo: Pic by Leonid Andronov | Dreamstime.com
The Pearl
Photo: news.yahoo.com
Qatar
Photo: qatarairways.com
Qatar
Photo: www.iloveqatar.net
Doha's West Ba
Doha's West Bay seen from the Corniche (seafront promenade). Photo: Alex Sergeev
Aerial view of The Pearl-Qatar
Aerial view of The Pearl-Qatar, the artificial island off the coast of Doha.
Photo: Planet Labs, Inc