38 Facts About Doha


Doha was founded in the 1820s as an offshoot of Al Bidda.

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City of Doha was formed seceding from another local settlement known as Al Bidda.

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Doha refers to the town as 'Bedih' and describes the geography and defensive structures in the area.

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Doha stated that the town had recently been settled by the Sudan tribe, whom he considered to be pirates.

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Doha was founded in the vicinity of Al Bidda sometime during the 1820s.

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Doha had murdered a native of Bahrain, prompting the Al Khalifa sheikh to imprison him.

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Doha subsequently evicted the ruling Sudan tribe and installed the Al-Maadeed and Al-Kuwari tribes in positions of power.

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Since the start of the 21st century, Doha attained significant media attention due to the hosting of several global events and the inauguration of a number of architectural mega-projects.

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In 2006, Doha was selected to host the Asian Games, leading to the development of a 250-hectare sporting complex known as Aspire Zone.

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Doha is located on the central-east portion of Qatar, bordered by the Persian Gulf on its coast.

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The geology of Doha is primarily composed of weathered unconformity on the top of the Eocene period Dammam Formation, forming dolomitic limestone.

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Doha has a hot desert climate with long, extremely hot summers and short, warm winters.

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Doha witnessed explosive growth rates in population in the first decade of the 21st century, absorbing the majority of the thousands of people then immigrating to Qatar every month.

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Doha's population is around one million, with the population of the city more than doubling from 2000 to 2010.

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Population of Doha is overwhelmingly composed of expatriates, with Qatari nationals forming a minority.

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Doha is home to many expatriates from Europe, North America, South Africa and Australia.

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In 2004, the Foreign Ownership of Real Estate Law was passed, permitting non-Qatari citizens to buy land in designated areas of Doha, including the West Bay Lagoon, the Qatar Pearl, and the new Lusail City.

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Shortly after Qatar gained independence, many of the districts of old Doha including Al Najada, Al Asmakh and Old Al Hitmi faced gradual decline and as a result, much of their historical architecture has been demolished.

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Doha's economy is built primarily on the revenue the country has made from its oil and natural gas industries.

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Doha was included in Fortune's 15 best new cities for business in 2011.

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Many of the older structures in the Old Doha districts have been demolished to make space for new buildings.

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Katara Cultural Village is a model village in Doha launched by Sheikha Moza bint Nasser under Qatar Foundation to preserve the cultural identity of the country.

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One of the largest projects underway in Qatar is Lusail City, a planned community north of Doha which is estimated to be completed by 2020 at a cost of approximately $45bn.

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Red Line will extend through Doha, running from Al Khor to Al Wakrah and Hamad Airport via the Red Line North and Red Line South.

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Lastly, the Blue Line, or City Line, will only cover the inner city of Doha, and is planned to be semi-circular with a length of 17.

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Doha is served by Hamad International Airport which is Qatar's principal international gateway.

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Doha is the educational center of the country and contains the highest preponderance of schools and colleges.

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Three of the nine newly announced stadiums will be constructed in Doha, including Sports City Stadium, Doha Port Stadium, and Qatar University Stadium.

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Doha was the host of the official 2005 FIBA Asia Championship, where Qatar's national basketball team finished 3rd, its best performance to date, and subsequently qualified for the Basketball World Cup.

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Doha hosted the 15th Asian Games, held in December 2006, spending a total of $2.

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Doha was expected to host the 2011 Asian Indoor Games; but the Qatar Olympic Committee cancelled the event.

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Doha however failed to become a Candidate City for the 2020 Games.

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MotoGP motorcycling grand prix of Doha is held annually at Losail International Circuit, located just outside the city boundaries.

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Doha won the bid to host the event over Barcelona and Eugene.

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In 2020, Doha hosted the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, which received the Tournament of the Year award in the 250 category from the 2019 ATP Awards.

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Museum of Islamic Art or MIA in Doha, opened in 2008, is regarded as one of the best museums in the region.

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Doha Film Institute is an organisation established in 2010 to oversee film initiatives and create a sustainable film industry in Qatar.

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Msheireb Enrichment Centre moored off Doha Corniche is a learning center focused on the history and developments of Doha, particularly the Musheirib district.

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