It didn't take much more than a century for this village of fishing and pearls, Doha, to become the capital of one of the most prosperous nations in the world: Qatar. A jewel in the crown of the Arabian Peninsula, the city is the perfect emblem of all the new greatness of this country with its highlight being the Pearl.
This Pharaonic archipelago of artificial islands, whose construction was recently completed, is one of many embodiments of this city's sheer grandiloquence. A true city within a city, everything has been designed to satisfy the visitor's desires, offering them an unparalleled choice of restaurants, shops and high-end hotels.
For it is indeed this luxury and splendor that characterizes the city of Doha above all else, just like its famous Museum of Islamic Art. Designed by the architect behind the Louvre pyramid in Paris, the museum has a collection of Muslim works dating back over the last fourteen centuries. With a surprisingly modern Oriental decor, this Qatari institution will delight the most curious among you and all those enamored by Persian culture. Visitors here will see all the sophistication of the Arab world laid out before their very eyes, and they are sure to be enchanted by these illuminations, these colorful ceramics, these ancient manuscripts…
However, Doha is also a city that preserves its past, its Bedouin roots, most notably at the Souq Waqif. A modest witness of the time when the Syrian Bedouins and Arabs met there to trade, it is now one of the only souks still trading on the Arabian Peninsula.
The refined work of the local artisans will carry you away each and every time with this leather and fabric craftsmanship that is so very oriental. But the souk also proves to be the ideal location to enjoy a hookah, something that will transport you right back to the times of the Arabian Nights.
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