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Clock Tower

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Located adjacent to the Grand Mosque, the old clock tower features Arabic numerals on its face. Located on the hill, it offers wonderful views of the Corniche. Doha Heritage Village Located along the Corniche in Al Rumeilia Park, it is a skanzen based on traditional Qatari village. The visitors get to see pearl trading, weaving, and a dhow, apart from holding festivals and activities.

Souq Waqif

This renovated Arabic market quarter is another place worth visiting, and features spice shops, textile shops, souvenirs, falcons, and there are also places to sit down to smoke a Sheesha and good restaurants surrounding the place.

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Heritage Library

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This has more than 50,000 books in Arabic and other languages in Qatar and Middle East, apart from 600 antique maps, 2000 manuscripts, 6000 original photos, all of which form the collection by Sheikh Hassan Bin Mohamed Al Thani in 1979. It is also one of the biggest research centers in the Middle East. Virginia Common wealth University Qatar’s gallery (VCU-Q) Located in the heart of the city and the region, with an extraordinarily vibrant and diverse cultural heritage, this gallery in education city regularly hosts visiting exhibitions, work of faculty members and students, and the gallery is open to general public. The university plays a central role in modern cultural life of Qataris and people in Middle East. The collection include Arab manuscripts, foreign language section dating back to 15th century,20th century books on art and politics, a studio, and computer laboratory.

Museum of Islamic Art

The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha was the first of its kind in the Persian Gulf and its sheer size alone, over 484,000 sq. ft, is a testament to the dream of its designers. The museum is dedicated to being the primary museum of Islamic art in the world and through the vision of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, His Highness the Emir of Qatar to project the State of Qatar into a capital of culture; the Museum of Islamic Art will manifest this dedication by creating, conserving and certificating a collection that reflects the life, the intricacy and the diversity of the arts of the Islamic world.

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Corniche Doha Qatar

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The visual highlight of Doha is Al-Corniche, a long sea-side promenade that curves across Doha bay, rendering eye-catching views of Palm Tree Island and the skyscrapers in the city. It is also a good place for jogging, although cycling is prohibited. There are several parks adjacent to the corniche that are ideal for families, several statues. Worth noting is the giant statue of Orry, the Oryx, who was the mascot for the 15th Asian games, to be held in Doha from 1st to 15th December 2006. Along the southern end of the Corniche is a large Oyster and Pearl statue, and there is a Water pots fountain adjacent to the Museum of Islamic Arts. Dukhan Being one of Qatar’s main onshore oil production centers, Dukhan is situated half-way along western coastline of Qatari Peninsula. There is an oil nerve center developed here after the exploitation of country’s oil reserves began in 1949.

Al Shahaniya Camel Racetrack

Located 60km west of Doha, it has a purpose-built camel racetrack and is famous for camel races. Camel racing, traditionally known as the sport of the sheiks continues even today in the small hamlet of Al Shahaniya, where Qatar’s popular camel racetrack is situated. Visitors are charmed with an exceptional prospect to view the fiercely competitive and one of the most expensive sporting events in Qatar. Al-Shahaniya racing track, an hour's drive into the gleaming desert outside north of downtown Doha, holds domestic and international tournaments on Fridays from November to February. Professional Camel racing started in Qatar in 1972 although it is their traditional sport and the camel race track is a must see for those who visit Doha.

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The Palm Tree Island

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The Palm Tree Island is 10-minute boat ride away from Doha Corniche and is the focal point of Doha Bay. The island features fairground rides, water sports, quad bike track, and camel tracks. But, these attractions is to have been removed now, although tourists and locals still visit the place to take dhow boats over to the island and relax in the sun. There are some good cafes and inexpensive seafood lunch available at the restaurant. The island has several amenities for family and children, a restaurant that offers seafood and barbecue meals, a café, and a jetty for traditional Dhow boats.

Film City, Doha

The film city is a contemporary recreation of an antique Arabic village nestled behind a canyon in the desert of the Zekreet peninsula. The Film City is located in one of Qatar’s truly fantastic site that is entirely deserted. The visitors really feel as they may have stepped into one of the ghost towns in the American west; with anomalous palm trees rather than tumbleweeds afford a visual treat in the never-ending arid landscape.

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Aqua Park - Water Themed Park

Aqua Park, the premier water themed park in Qatar is located in the Abu Nakhla area, Doha. The conception and construction of the park was by Aqua Masters (Cyprus) and operation is managed by Kuwait-based Al Jazeera Entertainment Enterprises Company which has been managing water theme parks for 15 years across the Gulf.

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