In addition to the information our site offers about the Middle East, it is always
interesting to get a second opinion. So we looked at what
well-known experts in tourism are saying about
Qatar and its capital
The Lonely Planet online guide to
Qatar explains the
various stages of transformation Qatar has undergone in the
past few decades. They write that originally anxious to shake its "Oriental"
stereotype, Doha rapidly modernized its skyline to resemble
a city of the future, as opposed to the goat-hair Bedouin
tents and dust storms of its past. However, the guide
suggests Doha has recently undergone an "Arab Renaissance,"
and embraced its ancient Arab culture by re-creating a
culture they have left abandoned for years. Critics are
claiming their models of "Old Doha," including "antique
passageways" and tented accommodation, are making Doha
resemble a theme park.
Frommer's online guide does a social take on
Qatar's capital, Doha, by highlighting the advantages of Doha
over the United Arab Emirates' Dubai. The guide claims Doha
offers the same luxuries as Dubai, but on a more laid-back
and intimate level. The guide also stresses Doha's emerging
international presence by identifying Doha as the home of
the Al-Jazeera news network
and host to many international sporting events. Frommer's
has labeled Doha as one of the top ten vacation destinations
Online Qatar is a website
catering specifically to those interested in visiting Qatar.
The site's homepage emphasizes Qatar's origins through the
Qatar Airways features an online guide on their
website outlining must-see attractions in Doha, including
the Museum of Islamic
Corniche, and the city's lively nighttime entertainment
destinations. Their description of Doha takes a
traditionalist approach by highlighting its rich history and
blend of traditional and modern architecture. Essentially
the website is promoting Doha as the manifestation of a long
and lengthy process, not the result of the discovery of
natural gas reserves.
Late last year when Qatar won the bid to host the 2022
Cup, the small
country was suddenly thrust upon the world stage. The
descriptions of the celebrations in Doha
following Qatar's victory in the FIFA bid showed an
extremely diverse and excited country. The carnival-like
atmosphere saw flags of every expatriate nation alongside
Qatari flags and the celebrations went late and loudly into
the night. Hosting the largest sporting event on the planet
certainly means something is happening in Qatar.
And how about "The" site for Qatar — the Qatar Tourism
Authority? They open their
home page with: "Welcome to Qatar, a country where citizens
share their traditions and culture with an open-mind. Be
fascinated by the authentic Souq Waqif, stroll along the
bustling Corniche, discover the fine artworks on display in
the Museum of Islamic Art, or experience a memorable desert
safari to Khor Al Adaid, the unique inland sea surrounded by
impressive sand dunes."