If you are one to jog with the rising sun or go for a slow and relaxing walk in the late evening hours after a busy day at work, the Doha Corniche with the sound of the gentle lapping of the waves, cut off from traffic and the bustle of the city is the ideal place to visit. Though away from the chaos, it lies along a capital route and a stone’s throw away from the heart of the modern city making it a most convenient stop on the way back from work or an outing for families to relax, run about and make some noise.
Following extensive work carried out between the late ’70s and ’80s, the coastline of Doha was reshaped and the Doha Corniche was formed as a walkway connecting the south of the city with the West Bay business district. What used to be a mere bleak walkway with the only landmark as the Sheraton Hotel with the economic boom and increasing awareness on tourism, the Doha Corniche was remade. One can see a number of popular landmarks towards the north of the Corniche. Beginning at the Museum of Islamic Art, it runs parallel to the Emiri Diwan, Doha port, Qatar National museum, Qatar National Theatre, Commercial bank Plaza, Dubai Towers and finally ends at the pyramid shaped Sheraton Hotel with its surrounding park.
Though the best view of the bay and city are from the Islamic Arts center, the Doha skyline is a most stunning backdrop at the Corniche and is a beautiful place for photography with the setting sun in the distance. There are a few restaurants and cafes along the way which although are not equipped with sophisticated menus or plush ambiance, serves great tea, coffee and a traditional drink with milk and tea; Karak. The Dhows in the bay add to the picturesque sight and one can take a boat ride and a swim in the sea, which will be a most welcoming diversion from the summer heat. This relaxing walk is ideal during the winter season when the heat is low and is a good visit for a passerby.
For those staying at a Doha Qatar Hotel such as the Kingsgate Hotel Doha, the Corniche is a beautiful walk in the evening hours to get away from the heat. It’s in close proximity to the city and a convenient distance from your Hotel Doha. Corniche is the ideal stop after a busy day of shopping for a cup of coffee with a stunning view to accompany.
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