Your first impression of Doha will be ‘wow, this is a beautiful airport’. Hamad International Airport is ranked the 5th best in the world and ‘impressive’ is an understatement. Aside from retail, leisure, and restaurant options, what really sets Hamad International Airport apart is the Art Exhibitions. A partnership with Qatar Museums brings tons of culture to a space we’re not used to being entertained and enriched. A definite plus for the city and its tourism efforts. In 2017, Qatar Airways was named the World’s number one airline – another great feat for the tourism sector. Let us tell you how the country lives in this Qatar living guide.
This may be part of the lead up to Fifa 2022 – and what we love about it all is that the growth we’re seeing is very strategic and controlled. There’s been no loss of identity during this transition, instead the country has embraced its roots and shared the love of culture with its citizens, tourists, and expatriates. Check out these images for a then and now perspective.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
In 2013, Qatar welcomed its youngest Emir in history, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, at the age of 33. He was the president of the Qatar National Olympic Committee, chairman in organizing the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and so much more. During his reign, we’ve seen an influx in economic growth, tourism, infrastructure, and traditional roots in the country.
Named as one of Forbes most powerful women, Sheikha Mozah has been a pillar in the country’s growth and successes. Her majesty is the force behind Qatar Foundation and Education City, believing that “..education is a treasury for all solutions”. Aside from her many contributions to the country’s growth, culture, and history – she is also a fashion icon – Sheikha Mozah is a role model for all women.
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2017 was a big year. With Fifa 2022 around the corner, the country has been prepping with other major Sports events. Native High Jumper Mutaz Barshim hit gold last year at the IAAF World Championship in London. This is a huge success for the country, which has been putting an emphasis on sports throughout the country, including marking February 12 as National Sports Day. This has encouraged and motivated involvement in exercise, sports, and a healthy lifestyle.
There have been some major changes in the last 10 years, and will be going through more in the next ten. Some recent new developments include:
- Mall of Qatar: Located in Al Rayyan, across from Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. This is the biggest Mall you’ll find here, and it was completed in late 2016.
- Musheireb Downtown: Construction here began in 2011 with multiple phases. The main idea behind this project is to preserve Doha’s historic downtown and revive its legacy. The project should be complete in December 2018.
- Jean Nouvelle’s National Museum: Located in South Corniche Doha, this elaborate design and enrichment center will welcome guests coming out of Hamad International Airport. Still under construction, set to complete December 2018.
- The National Library: Keeping the country’s history alive with a focus on heritage. You can find educational resources at the University & Research Library, whereas the Metropolitan Public Library is for community use. Open to the public as of November 2017, and celebrating the Grand Opening on April 16 2018.