"Doha - The Big Tree" Top 5 Page for this destination Doha by jungles
Doha Travel Guide: 599 reviews and 1,827 photos
I'm told that the word "Doha" actually means "The Big Tree." I'm not sure how it got this name; just about the only trees here are the date palms which are no bigger than date palms anywhere else.
As you're flying into Doha, the first thing you notice is definitely not the trees. What you will notice is that it's a bunch of squat, whitewashed buildings stuck in the middle of absolutely nothing. There's nothing but sand and water for as far as the eye can see. Once you get down on the ground and start to explore a bit, though, you'll find the country is not quite as empty as it appears from the air. The longer I've been here the more I've discovered, and while Qatar's sights will never attract throngs of tourists, they are interesting enough to warrant a visit if you're in the area.
Qatar's economy is booming right now because of its huge gas reserves. It is set to become the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, which is why it's also well on its way to having the highest per capita income in the world.
Qatar is the only country whose name begins with the letter "Q," but it's not really a "Q," it's actually a "qaaf," which is an Arabic letter that has no English equivalent. The correct pronunciation of Qatar is somewhere between "cutter" and "gutter," but definitely not "cuTAR" (this actually means "train" in Arabic).
Doha is basically one huge construction site right now as the whole city is trying to get ready to host the 15th Asian Games in December 2006. The Asian Games probably doesn't mean much to you if you're not from Asia, but it's the second largest sporting event in the world after the Olympics. This is meant to be the event that puts Doha on the map, as the city is trying to bill itself as the next Dubai. I'm afraid they still have a long way to go though before they catch up with their glitzier neighbour. Tourism is still pretty much unknown here; when people come to Doha it's usually for business reasons. Even so, there are a few things to keep you occupied if you find yourself here. For more info see the tips on this page, or for things to see outside Doha see my Qatar page.
- Pros:safe, clean, sunny, good shopping
- Cons:not much nightlife, alcohol expensive, not many cultural activities
- In a nutshell:Dubai's (Very) Little Sister
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