Smithsonian Journeys Dispatches

Photo: Skyline in Doha

Woman overlooking the skyline of Doha, Qatar. Photo: Alyssa Bobst

Originally a fishing and pearling village, Doha, Qatar is rapidly becoming an important city for education and art in the Gulf region. With the government's help, the economy is diversifying and the real estate sector is booming, with new towers and hotels constantly joining Doha's expanding skyline. The Museum of Islamic Art, located on the Corniche surrounding Doha Harbor, houses an extensive collection of artwork dating from the 7th to the 19th century. Doha is also home to Education City, an initiative to provide resources for students.

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See Doha for yourself on our Arabian Gulf cruise.