Qatar’s largest city and also its capital, Doha is a place that merges history with modernism with much success. A modern city by all means, the city is also equipped with a historical heritage that fascinates many.
The city of Doha is dotted with numerous historical landmarks. Among them the grandiose Doha Fort holds a place of utmost significance in the history of the country. Situated in the Al Bidda district, this is a Moorish military fort which was constructed in 1880. The high rising walls that had withstood the tests of time surrounds a tranquil courtyard complete with a fountain where the visitors can spend some serene time alone. Among other ancient forts that would arouse the interest of travellers would be the Al Koot Fort built in 1880 and the Al Zubara Fort situated just 100 km west of Doha.
Another place of interest for the history enthusiast would be the Souq Waqif where Bedouin would bring their sheep, goats and wool to trade for goods. Still operating as a traditional market place, national Qatari dresses, spices, heady and exotic perfumes, beautiful embroidered bukhnoq and also oud, an enchanting incense made from agar wood are amongst the various fascinating bit and pieces that can be obtained here.
A taste of traditional Qatari life can be obtained at the Doha Heritage village which still functions as a traditional location engaging in traditional practices such as weaving and pearl trading. The Heritage library and the Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar’s gallery would also arouse the enthusiasm of visitors as these places showcase hundreds of ancient manuscripts, antique maps, original photographs and books dating back to the 15th century.
Museums are also popular locations of allure for most who visit here. These museums stacked with layers of history harbour many strange and exciting relics from bygone eras. The weaponry museum in Doha is a fascinating place housing a large collection of ancient weapons dating back as far as the 16th century. The Heritage House Museum built in 1935 as well as the Museum of Islamic Arts which houses the largest collection of Islamic arts in the world are places worthy of a visit.
Millennium Hotel Doha is a popular hotel in Doha that is often sought after y travellers while visiting these locations. Located at the heart of the city this Doha hotel offers all the modern amenities that the visitors may require for a comfortable stay.