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Qatar: Doha modern architecture

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Doha modern architecture | Qatar | Asia

[Visited: April 2007]

When I drove to the city, after not having been there for a long time, I tried to dig back in my memory to see if I could fit the images I was seeing with the ones in my mind. I could not. I realized that I was entering a new city. Actually, Doha is not the city it used to be before, as it has also lotst its reputation to be one of the most boring capital cities in the world. Instead, it has joined the construction boom of some other Persian Gulf cities, testified by the tall cranes surrounding many buildings of its skyline.

Picture of Doha modern architecture (Qatar): Modern architecture in Doha

Certainly, many areas of the old parts of town are still the same as a decade ago, but works are under way to modernize large parts of the capital city of Qatar. Some of these works take place on the southern side of Doha Bay, but by far most modern architecture is being constructed on the northern side. This results in an impressive skyline which is being given shape day after day. During the day, you can see cranes next to almost each and every building, and hear the construction process from a distance.

Picture of Doha modern architecture (Qatar): Coffee-pot and new building in Doha

In the evening, when the darkness blurs the view and gives an entirely new view on the skyline, most of the cranes disappear in the night and you see silhouettes of an extensive row of high rise buildings defining the new Doha. One of the all-time classical buildings of Doha, the Sheraton at the end of the Corniche on the northern side of Doha Bay, is being dwarfed by its new neighbours. Still, the interior of this building merits a visit: the triangular shape, the lights on all floors, and especially the centrally located elevator shaft with elegant elevators are still beautiful to see.

Picture of Doha modern architecture (Qatar): Elevators and floors inside the Sheraton Hotel, Doha
Picture of Doha modern architecture (Qatar): Modern glass and concrete building in Doha
Picture of Doha modern architecture (Qatar): Concrete and glass in modern office building in Doha
Picture of Doha modern architecture (Qatar): Buildings under construction dwarfing a minaret in Doha
Picture of Doha modern architecture (Qatar): Modern and old architecture and publicity for Doha Asian Games 2006
Picture of Doha modern architecture (Qatar): Traditional dhows with the skyline of Doha in the background
Picture of Doha modern architecture (Qatar): Defining a new skyline: cranes and high rise buildings under construction
Picture of Doha modern architecture (Qatar): Cranes and concrete in Doha: building a new city
Picture of Doha modern architecture (Qatar): New skyline of Doha in the evening

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