In a country., Qatar, where most visitors come for work, looking for financial speculation or on behalf of a corporation oil, Doha is certainly the most suitable destination for travelers, unlike most, for pleasure. The country’s capital, overlooking the Arabian Gulf and jewelry which is concentrated in 70% of the population of Qatar, has a history of not very old but still full of moments prosperous and charming witnesses.
Born in the not so distant 1850 and initially named as Al-Bida, Doha became the capital of the British protectorate of Qatar in 1916 and then, in 1971, be confirmed capital of the new state. Since 1996, the city, the infamous transmits satellite television Al-Jazeera, but beyond the more bitter notes it is a goal that is worth discovering, to understand the dynamics and appreciate the more intimate atmosphere of the past. In the land where oil is king, at least as long as stocks, as a fundamental source of income, the city is committed to not be caught unprepared by a change in the economy, implementing long clever and avant-garde policy of decentralization of revenue : culture and education, for example, are increasingly required to consider, and also the image of the city is getting progressively more accurate and modern, with a significant development of building the city.
Since 1973, for example, when Doha was recently confirmed in the capital, is on the Education City, a modern center of study and research which includes the campus of the prestigious Western universities and valid. In preparation for the Asian Games that were held here in December 2006, then, the streets and squares have seen a substantial work of refurbishing. In his rise to the future Doha never forgets its roots, and the past is still present in size, in the faces and words of the people but also in buildings and museums that tourists can visit.
Crossing the threshold of the ethnographic museum you are immersed in centuries-old traditions, so far removed from the Western mind, a place where the nomadic lifestyle has established an unbreakable bond of love between a people and their land. A look back shows visitors in the days leading up to the well-being related to gains on oil, when the simplicity of the style of life was combined with a mysterious landscape, unknown to the rest of the world. The year 1975 saw the opening of another center of great interest, the National Museum, housed in the magnificent, historic palace of Sheik Abdulla Bin Mohammed. Besides the magnificent aquarium, here you can explore many rooms with beautiful and interesting collections, concerning the life of the place, from the simplest to the everyday aspects of collective party occasions or religious gathering. Equally valid is the forte of Doha, valuable evidence of the most beautiful and exciting artistic production and local handicrafts have been able to give over the centuries. Finally, the museum of weapons of Doha collects a large collection of swords, knives, armor and traditional rifles Arabs.
But the most fascinating part of the town is the old city center, the heart of Doha completely restored, the Souq Waqif, a real medina Arab-Turkish in which the plot of the lanes weaves a dense maze of streets and squares. Here the presence turkish-ottoman, queen of the place for more than 400 years, has left an indelible mark on its traditions, seen for example in the widespread use of bar-smoking room with a hookah. Along the streets, however, the colors dazzle the eye and the scents of spices intoxicate the senses: the markets sell a vast range of products of all kinds, from gold to precious materials, through the most delicious delicacies and refined in India, Persia, the Maghreb and Masraq. Walking the streets and raising his eyes a moment we are surprised to look at the Babylonian tower of the mosque, with its characteristic spiral shape and slender when an Islamic cultural center.
If during the day, due to the high temperatures and AFA, the streets sometimes seem weighed down by a thick layer of dust, the movements seem slow and muffled sounds, like a magical underwater world, as the sun sinks below the horizon life rises and then everyone on the roads soon teeming with merchants and buyers. Spices, pistachios, dates and exotic fruit spread their sweet scent in the evening Eastern Europe, where you can walk ristorandosi with a slice of fresh pineapple.
Festivals and events take place are mainly related to Islam, while the Italian embassy never misses an opportunity to set up cultural and social events, such as a prestigious classical music concert that takes place every year at the Marriot Hotel. The climate of the entire Qatar is very dry and the air is hot, especially in the period between May and September, the rain falls during the winter, although remain scarce, and the humidity is high in the coastal area. In Doha the average maximum temperatures vary between 41°C in July and 21°C in January, while the average annual rainfall is 70 mm.
Reaching Doha is not difficult: the company flight Qatar Airways, to name one example, offers non-stop direct flights to Dubai. During which guaranteed all the amenities you land at an airport large, modern and well organized, where do you get the stamp for the tourist visa by paying 20 euros. The center of Doha is only 10 km, and to reach it you can not rely on public transport or choose to rent a car, both inexpensive solutions. The major roads are maintained, large, often adorned by palm trees or majestic fountains, and you can drive only with the local driving license or international. Beware of fines: they are quite salty, come home through the internet and exceed the speed limit is not uncommon, being lower than those to which we are accustomed.
Originally posted 2012-08-25 19:25:22.