Qatar is a rich country because of oil. In the last decae highrises have sprouted up around Doha.

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From the Wikipedia entry for Doha: Doha is the capital and most populous city of the State of Qatar. Doha has a population of 1,351,000 in the city proper. 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 50% of the nation's population living in Doha or its surrounding suburbs, and it is also the economic centre 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 centres 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.

Skyline Doha
Skyline of Doha. (779k)
Skyline Doha
Skyline of Doha. (656k)
Skyline Doha
Skyline of Doha. (932k)
Skyline Doha
Skyline of Doha. (586k)
Highrises Doha
Highrises in Doha. (890k)
Doha Highrises Part City
Doha Highrises. The part of the city in the background is located on reclaimed land. (699k)
National Museum Qatar
National Museum of Qatar. (557k)
Al Wahda Artscape
Al Wahda Artscape. (670k)
Oyster Shell Center Traffic
Oyster Shell in the center of a traffic circle, reminding of the roots of Qatari society, perl diving. (662k)
Mosque North Doha
Mosque north of Doha. (609k)
Foreign Companies Stores Restaurants
Foreign companies stores and restaurants are not as much represented as in Kuwait and Bahrain. Here it is Ikea and Ace Hardware. (644k)
Ace Usa Slogan Company
Ace with the USA slogan for the company. (659k)
Oil Refinery
Oil Refinery. (636k)

Al Jumal

View Al Jumail
View of Al Jumail. (710k)
View Mosque Al Jumail
View of the Mosque in Al Jumail. (755k)
Crumbling Building Al Jumail
Crumbling building in Al Jumail. (719k)
Crumbling Walls Al Jumail
Crumbling walls in Al Jumail. (850k)
Minaret Mosque Al Jumail
Minaret of the Mosque in Al Jumail. (573k)

Al Zubara

Al Zubara Fort is a historic Qatari military fortress built under the oversight of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani in 1938.

The Fort is part of the Al Zubarah Archaeological Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Al Zubara Fort
Al Zubara Fort. (650k)

Al Khor Fishing Town

Al Khor is (after Doha) the second largest fishing town in Qatar. In 2001 there were 176 vessels and 1613 fishermen. According to my guide, the only shipyard in Qatar is in Al Khor.

Fishing Boats Al Khor
Fishing boats in Al Khor harbor. (767k)
Fishing Boats Al Khor
Fishing boats in Al Khor harbor. (783k)
Fishing Boats Al Khor
Fishing boats in Al Khor harbor. (722k)
Crane Ships Water
The crane to get ships out of the water. (779k)
Ship Dry Dock
Ship in dry dock. (729k)
Fish Traps
Fish traps. (1122k)
Fish Market Workers Cutting
Fish market workers cutting up fish. (769k)

Desert Safari

Racing on Toyota Land Cruisers through sand dunes is a popular pastime. The drivers deflate the tires quite a bit to have better traction in the sand. The ascends were fairly steep, so you need good traction with the deflated tires. Going down the dunes is another matter. I think the steepest side that we went down had an angle of at least 45°. It was a wild ride. The dunes were some 30-50 m (100-160 ft) high.

Deflating Tires
Deflating tires. (668k)
Deflated Tire
Deflated tire. (742k)
Inflate Tires Again Return
Here they inflate the tires again for the return on the road. (544k)
Before Drive Dunespeople Pose
Before the drive through the dunes,people pose on camels. (723k)
Camps Desert
One of the many camps in the desert. (609k)
Going Sand Dune Need
Going up the sand dune. You need good tracktion, it was fairly steep. (500k)
Driving Along Side Dune
Driving along the side of the dune looked precarious at times. (640k)
Starting Descend Steep Side
Starting the descend down the steep side of a dune. (570k)
Looking Steep Side Dune
Looking down the steep side of the dune. (626k)
Going Steep Dune Second
Going down the steep dune. The second car almost bottomed out the front bumper during the transition from the steep side to the flat part. (648k)

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