MUSFUR SINKHOLE | AR RAYYAN, QATAR

Musfur sinkhole is located in Ar Rayyan, Qatar and it is the deepest known accessible cave in Qatar. The visible bottom is around 100 meter deep, but some scientists suspect a larger cave-system is extended below.

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The sinkhole was formed 325,000 to 500,000 years ago during the mid-Pleistocene Era. When you enter the 40 feet opening of the cave you can see layering of different kinds of rock and sediments, graffiti on the rocks, hundreds of nesting birds and traces of small mammals. There is no clear path down into the cave. You can basically scramble down anywhere.

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It is believed that Musfur sinkhole continues to evolve and will do so in the future. Pieces of rock from both the dolomite and limestone layers occasionally fall and larger sections of the roof might collapse one day.

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Musfur Sinkhole GPS coordinates: N 25 10’30” E 51 12’41”

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Porto Arabia | The Pearl-Qatar

The Pearl-Qatar is an artificial island spanning nearly four million square meters. Home to The Pearl Qatar’s main harbor is Porto Arabia.

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Poro Arabia is the first land in Qatar to be available for freehold ownership by foreign nationals.  There are 31 Mediterranean-style towers with a total of 4,700 units, 450 townhouses & low-rise terrace apartments within the Porto Arabia. These elegant towers and townhouses were inspired by the best French, Italian and Spanish architecture.

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Porto Arabia is also set around a colorful waterfront – La Croisette Boulevard – a fascinating 2.5 kilometer pedestrian forecourt with fine shopping and dining. Dining outlets covers the full range of cuisines from South American to French/Lebanese to Asian cuisines.

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A resort and spa was supposed to be located at the end of Porto Arabia where the original completion date was scheduled for July 2012. The construction was stopped in 2017 due to an alcohol ban.

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SIMAISMA BEACH | AL DAAYEN, QATAR

Situated approximately 45km north of Doha, Simaisma is a serene coastal village in Al Daayen, Qatar. Its beach is one of the most convenient and popular of Qatar’s family beaches.

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With kilometers of fine sand, Simaisma beach is a delight for visitors. The water is quite far away from the shore and relatively shallow. At low tide visitors have to walk through some mangroves to reach the shoreline.

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The mangroves in the beach offer a place of pure tranquility and children visiting the beach can be taught the crucial role mangroves play in land preservation.

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Aspire Park | Doha, Qatar

The Aspire Park is located in Aspire Zone in the southern district of Al Waab in Doha behind the famous Villagio Mall and Hyatt Plaza.

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Aspire Park is Doha’s biggest park. It covers an area of 88 hectares. A great place for picnics and family outings, the park features beautiful fountains, playgrounds for children, and other fun features. It has also a lake, a small hill, a coffee shop and various kinds of trees, both rare and common.

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Located close by is the Torch Tower, a 300 meter modern hotel, which served as a giant torch for the 15th Asian Games.

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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: Bringing of pets, tree climbing, skateboarding and riding of scooters and bicycles are not allowed within the park.

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Museum of Islamic Art | Doha, Qatar

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is located on an artificial peninsula overlooking the south end of Doha Bay occupying a total area of 45,000 m2. It was officially opened on November 22, 2008 by the then Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad and was opened to the general public on December 8, 2008.

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The 5-story museum was designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, architect of the controversial glass-and-steel pyramid for the Musée du Louvre in Paris.

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MIA is the first of its kind to feature over 14 centuries of Islamic art in the Arab States of the Persian Gulf. It represents Islamic art from three continents over 1,400 years. Its collection includes metal work, ceramics, jewelry, wood work, textiles and glass obtained from three continents and dating from the 7th to the 19th century. It is one of the world’s most complete collections of Islamic artifacts, with items originating in Spain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, India, and Central Asia.

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Inside the museum are temporary and permanent galleries, a gift shop, a library, a cafe, a 200-seat theater, classrooms and a restaurant.

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External facilities that form part of the crescent shaped MIA park include walking tracks, cycling tracks, a carousel, cafes, rest rooms and boat rentals.

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The museum is part of Qatar Museums Authority. Admission to the museum and park are free. The museum is open daily from 9:00am to 7:00pm, Saturday to Thursday and 1:30pm to 7:00pm during Friday. The park is open 24 hours to cater the residents of the Doha City.

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Sunrise in Sealine Beach | Mesaeeid

Sealine beach is located in Mesaieed, Al Wakra, Qatar. It is about an hour and a half south of Doha.

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In addition to catching the magnificent sunrise at the beach, visitors can go swimming in the sea, dune bashing or take a camel ride. Tourists can also bring tents and stuff and spend overnight at the beach or do a short trip from 5am to 9am to catch the sunrise.

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*Aside from the public beach, one can opt to stay at the private beach, Murwab Resort. The resort is an ideal location for business meetings and events, with comprehensive leisure facilities.

 

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Doha City Skyline | Qatar

Qatar’s construction industry has built some of the most unique buildings in the Gulf region. Five of the six tallest buildings are in the country’s capital, Doha City.

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Located within the stretch of the Doha City’s Westbay area, these lofty skyscrapers were designed by the world’s finest architects. These includes the Burj Doha and Qatar World Trade Center.

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A boat ride at the Doha Bay traveling near the Doha Corniche will lead you to the iconic part of the Doha Skyline.

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