Long before oil was discovered beneath the harsh Middle Eastern sands, the countries that make up the world’s wealthiest area traded and dealt in pearls, readily accessed from the deep blue waters of the Arabian Gulf. Explore this unique heritage when you stay at one of the stylish hotels in Doha such as the Copthorne Hotel Doha. Its stylish interiors and welcoming hospitality means it is considered one of the best hotels Doha has to offer visitors. Situated in a scene corner of the city’s Corniche stretch is a magnificent monument that commemorates the country’s once-important mode of trade and commerce: the pearl industry. A gleaming white pearl sits within the open chamber of a massive oyster shell, which is a hard-to-miss feature on the Corniche. Symbolically emerging from the oceans, the oyster sits atop a charming waterfall that provides a gust of cool under the hot Arabian sun. The Pearl Monument is a popular landmark in the vicinity, which attracts both locals and international visitors to its unique setting. It provides an eclectic opportunity for photographs, especially if this is your first time in the city. So make it a point to visit the Pearl Monument when you are next in the city and savour this unique slice of the country’s splendid historical legacy.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.