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Sheikh Faisal Museum

The Sheikh Faisal Museum holds a large diversified collection of unique and extraordinary artefacts from over 4 continents. This personal collection contains pieces from the Jurassic age through to the early Islamic period and up to the present day, across four themes: Islamic Art, Qatar Heritage, Vehicles, and Coins & Currency.

The Sheikh Faisal Museum holds enormous cultural importance in Qatar and internationally. The world class collections reflect the journeys taken by Sheikh Faisal and by his homeland, as well as his passion for creating a fascinating experience for the public to enjoy and a valuable resource for education.

Aspire Tower

Aspire Tower, also known as The Torch Doha, is a 300-metre-tall (980 ft) skyscraper hotel located in the Aspire Zone complex in Doha, Qatar. Designed by architect Hadi Simaan and AREP and engineer Ove Arup and Partners,[2] the tower served as the focal point for the 15th Asian Games hosted by Qatar in December 2006.

The tower is currently the tallest structure and building in Doha and Qatar, but it is expected to be surpassed by the Dubai Towers Doha, which is set for completion late 2014 and the Barwa Tower. The tower has also been known as Khalifa Sports Tower or Doha Olympic Tower.

Al Khor Park

One of Qatar’s oldest and largest parks reopened to the public in 2016 after being closed for renovations. The 240,000 square meter Al Khor park lies west of Al Khor municipality, and has undergone a QR250 million renovation.

The park now includes an aviary, a waterfall, a miniature golf course and a battery-operated train that can hold 36 people, according to a statement from the MME. There is also a children’s play area, a basketball court, amphitheater, skating area and a museum.

Al Zubara Fort

Zubarah Fort, also known as Fort Zubara, is a historic Qatari military fortress built under the oversight of Sheikh Abdullah bin Qassim Al Thani in 1938 to serve as a Coast Guard station. It was later renovated into a museum to display diverse exhibits and artworks, most especially for contemporarily topical archaeological findings.

The Zubarah Fort is situated in the antique yet chronological town of Zubarah, which in turn is located on the northwestern coast of the Qatar peninsula in the Madinat ash Shamal municipality, and is about 105 km from the Capital of Qatar.

Furaiwat

Located in the north of Qatar, a visit to this beautiful and desolate beach is a great day out of Doha that doesn’t take all day to get to. With its long stretch of powdery, white sand, clear blue sea and a shoreline scattered with pretty pink, white, red and yellow seashells—Fuwairit is a real gem.

The sea is calm, warm and shallow making it perfect for young children to practice their swimming skills, splash around and explore the seabed. The shallow water gets deeper very gradually, which means that you can relax on the beach whilst looking out at your children, safe in the knowledge that there isn’t a sudden drop in depth. Older children and adults can venture a bit further and enjoy a proper swim in the sea.

Zikreet

Zekreet is a village in north-western Qatar near Dukhan and about 90 km northwest of Doha. Originally a sparsely populated area, Zekreet was built up in the 1940s after oil operations commenced in Qatar. This included the construction of a harbor for oil equipment and a number of small houses which eventually developed into a village. There are a number of visitor attractions and old ruins at the site, one of the most notable being Zekreet Fort.

Dukhan

Dukhan is an industrial city in the western municipality of Al Rayyan in the State of Qatar.[1] It is approximately 60 kilometres (37 mi) west of the capital, Doha. Dukhan is administrated by Qatar’s state oil agency Qatar Petroleum and is the site of the first oil discovery in Qatar.

All the industrial operations inside the city are administrated by the Dukhan Operations Department. A special permit from Qatar Petroleum, in the form of a Dukhan entry gate pass, is required for entry to the city. A four-lane motorway connects Doha with Dukhan.

Old Lusial City

Lusail is the newest planned city in Qatar, located on the coast, in the northern part of the municipality of Al Daayen. Lusail is located about 23 km north of the city centre of Doha, just north of the West Bay Lagoon, on over 35 km² and will eventually have a population of up to 260,000 peoples. It is planned to have marinas, residential areas, island resorts, commercial districts, luxury shopping and leisure facilities, including two golf courses, an all giraffe zoo and an entertainment district. Construction is still ongoing. It is being developed by the state-controlled developer Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company as well as Parsons Corporation.

The Doha Golf Club

The Doha Golf Club in Doha, Qatar, is an 18-hole, 7,374-yard, par 72 championship course that was designed by Peter Harradine. The Doha Golf Club is also one of the first grass golf course ever built in the Middle East. Open to nonmembers, it has a 2 808 yards long floodlit nine-hole academy course, and a clubhouse with three restaurants and a golf shop.

The club hosts the Qatar Masters golf tournament every year.

Villagio Mall

Villaggio Mall is a shopping mall located in the Aspire Zone in the west end of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. It is located on Al Waab street between the Hyatt Plaza and Sports City and has over 200 stores, including many famous brands in the U.S., U.K., Italian and German markets.

Inside, the interiors are Italianate-themed both as an Italian hill town, but also with a 150-meter long indoor canal with gondolas.

Fanar

FANAR was chosen as our name because of our high-profile mission; to act as a guiding light to whole of mankind, and to help all non-Arabs to have a better understanding of Islam and culture of Qatar.

FANAR is governmental organization that presents culture to all world through a varity of activites such as Exhibitions, tours of the centre, visits to the mosque and Arabic language Courses.

FANAR is a Qatari milestone, known for its Islamically inspired architectural designs and amazing ornaments with a beautiful outlook of the city Doha. From the rich Qatari heritage of sailing at large, the lighthouse was a tangible way of returning to land safely. FANAR now uses this exact metaphor to act as a beacon of light to humanity, hoping to present culture to feed and nurture the soul

Abdul Wahhab Mosque

Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque (also called the Qatar State Mosque) is the national mosque of Qatar. It is named after Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, a Sunni Muslim preacher and scholar from present day Saudi Arabia, who founded the Islamic movement of Wahhabism.

The mosque is built in traditional Arab style with modern features. The mosque covers a total area of 175,164 sq.m. As many as 11,000 men can offer prayers in the air-conditioned central hall of the mosque and the adjacent special enclosure is spacious enough for 1200 women. There are three main doors and 17 side entrances to the mosque. As many as 28 large domes cover the central hall while 65 domes cover the outer quadrangle. On the whole the mosque can hold a congregation of 30,000 people.

Gold Souq

This pageant of glorious design and spectacular craftsmanship is fun to see even if you’ve no intention to buy. The souq comes alive later in the evening, especially before a holiday, when men traditionally express the value of their relationships by buying 22-carat gold bangles, or a ‘set’ comprising earrings, necklace and bracelet, for the women in their family. Qatari bridal jewellery can cost thousands, but sometimes pieces can be traded back after the wedding for something more readily usable.

Camel Racing

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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