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Qatar, then and now

Qatar became an independent nation in 1971, before which it was a British Protectorate.  It has come a long way since then, achieving an impressive transformation. Witness its progress and development, from a pearl fishing community to the world’s wealthiest country, through images.

Today, Qatar attracts visitors from all over the world. Its impressive architecture, inspiring art and culture scene, sports events, rich and diverse cuisine, modern shopping malls, luxury hotels and resorts draw increasing numbers to the country’s shores.

West Bay Skyline

Skyscrapers, impressive buildings; West Bay is Doha’s heart and where all business activity occurs.

National Museum of Qatar

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the National Museum of Qatar draws inspiration from the desert rose, a naturally occurring phenomenon in the region. NMoQ is one of the most impressive architectural landmarks in the country, bringing to life Qatar’s past and shining a light on its present and future.

Old Sheikh’s Palace

Located within the premises of the National Museum of Qatar, the palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani was constructed in 1906 and has been restored several times since then.

Doha Post Office

Doha’s first post office opened at the beginning of 1951 during the reign of Sheikh Ali Ben Abdullah Al Thani, and remains operational today. 

Central Bank

Originally known as Qatar Monetary Agency, Central Bank issued the Qatari Riyal, Qatar’s official currency.

Souq Waqif

One of the most popular attractions in Doha, Souq Waqif is a thriving market, home to souvenirs, handmade items, local products, cafes and restaurants. Souq Waqif was renovated in 2006.

Qatar National Library

Located in the heart of Education City, this diamond shaped building designed by Rem Koolhaas has hundreds of books and introduces cutting-edge learning facilities.

Oxygen Park

This 130,000 sqm park is a green lung located in Education City. Oxygen Park promotes a healthy lifestyle and invites residents and travellers to refresh their body and mind.