The most well-known harbor in Qatar is Al-Bandar, which is located across from Souq Waqif and Al-Fanar Center. It is home to the Pearl Factory and the Banana Island Ferry Port, with breathtaking corniche and skyline views of Doha at sunset!
Undoubtedly, Al-Bandar is the best place to unwind in the city after a long day. This urban oasis is a favorite with locals and visitors to enjoy solitude and tranquility.
The Importance of Body Language
Hand gestures, while innocuous to outsiders, are serious business in Qatar. Inappropriate body language can get visitors into a world of trouble — from fines to imprisonment! The thumbs-up sign is particularly offensive — an insult similar to using the middle finger in the West.
Other hand gestures to avoid are using your finger to point at someone or something. Extending the palm is considered more polite. Additionally, it is wise to refrain from crossing your legs or making any gestures with your feet.
Education City Stadium
One look at Education City Stadium, and you know why the venue is called the “Diamond of the Desert.” The façade has complex geometrical patterns resembling a diamond with triangles that change color while catching sunlight throughout the day.
Located in the hub of Qatar’s research and education center, Education City Stadium aims to provide sporting facilities for the country’s youth — long after the FIFA World Cup. It also received a 5-star sustainability rating under the Global Sustainability Assessment System.
The Emir's Passion for Soccer
In 2013, Sheikh Tamim bin Hammad Al Thani became the newly-crowned emir, determined to make Qatar the most powerful country in the Middle East. Apart from his impressive pedigree, he was known for his love of sports — especially soccer and tennis.
The prince has since led numerous efforts to build Qatar’s international reputation through sports. He is the head of Qatar’s National Olympic Committee and the driving force behind the high-profile purchase of Paris Saint-Germain, a French football club. Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup would not have been possible without the Emir spearheading the effort.
The Doha Tower
Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the Doha Tower is a more extravagant version of Dubai's Burj Khalifa. The skyscraper is part of government efforts to establish Doha as the cultural capital of the Gulf — evident in the unique design and signature dome that caps the cylindrical high-rise building.
The Doha Tower seamlessly integrates ancient Islamic design with state-of-the-art modern architecture — truly a thing of beauty along the waters of the Gulf.