The capital is a rich mixture of traditional Arabic and modern
architecture. The Grand Mosque with its many domes and the Abu
Bakir al-Siddiq Mosque are particularly interesting. There is
an excellent National Museum in Doha tracing the country's development.
The modern town clusters around the Grand Mosque, the New Amir's
Palace and the Clock Tower.
This area contains most of the historic sites, including Umm
Salal Mohammed, a relatively large village dominated by the
ruins of a 19th-century fort. At Al Zubara is the Qalit Marir
Fortress. Al Khor is the second-largest city, situated around
a natural shallow harbour. Gharya has a golden sandy beach stretching
for miles. Ruwais boasts a harbour, from where there is an occasional
dhow service to Bahrain. There are also good beaches at Fuwairat,
on the northeast coast, and Ras Abruk, opposite Hawar Island.
The West Coast
There are beaches at Umm Bab ('The Palm Tree Beach'), Dukhan
and Salwah, near the Saudi border.
This is a region of sand dunes and beaches, offering opportunities
to go pearl hunting, or to practise any number of watersports.
The 'inland sea' of Khor al-Odeid is the centre of a region
of outstanding natural beauty, surrounded by the Sandi Hills,
accessible only to four-wheel-drive vehicles.