Al Corniche, Doha
Last week, I went on regarding the National Museum of Qatar. This week I’m diving into one of the most famous locations in Doha, Qatar. I adore this spot; it is a great place for thinking. The view is just breath taking. When I first heard about the Al Corniche, I immediately assumed shopping. Boy, was I wrong. Al Corniche actually means something similar to “costal road.” The ‘lake,’ so the locals call it, is teal blue with a beautiful skyline. It makes a wonderful spot for a stroll during the day despite the heat. The area is used for going for walks, and for fishing.
At night, you will see old fishing boats decorated in lights, and they will sail the water and give paying customers a ride along the water. Personally, I was not too interested in the boat, which is called a dhow. Watching them, however, was just as magical. I enjoyed viewing the lights float across the water, in front of the neon skyline of the Doha Tower, and Tornado Tower down in West Bay.
Close to the Corniche is MIA Park. The Museum of Islamic Art Park is peaceful, and has plenty of children playing soccer and plenty of food trucks to choose from. There you can see old dhows and Richard Serra’s 7 Structure piece. The park has two cafés, one is open during the day, the other is open at night. The menus are a lot alike, though the one during the day you go to the counter to get what you would like. Juno café, the last canopy, is open at night; there you are served. Take a seat wherever you please, and a menu will be brought to you. MIA Park is well known among expats (people from other countries working in Qatar on Visa). The park provides a wonderful view day or night, and is great for a place to rest if you plan on walking the entire Corniche, 7 km.
On this 7-kilometre walk, you can stroll past one of the oldest buildings in West Bay, the Sheraton Hotel. The Sheraton is hard to miss, it’s shaped like an Inca or Mayan pyramid, with the square based pyramid shape, and flat top. The Sheraton Grand Hotel was built in 1982. The Sheraton is owned by Katara Hospitality, which focuses on maintaining Arabic values.
While on this walk or even drive (we all know, 7 km in +30 heat is impossible), you will notice this giant white tower that looks like a cylinder with a dome roof. This is the Doha Tower; many locals actually refer to it by other names as well. Occasionally this building will change colour (click here to see a video).
The Tornado Tower is beside the Doha Tower and Palm Tower. The Tornado Tower has a lovely sushi restaurant, Maison de Sushi, in the building. The citizens say that it is one of the best places to get sushi in Doha. Though, personally, the tempura was not my favourite in the area.
Once you pass those two buildings, you will come by 4 or 5 dhows that are trying to sell boat rides. In which you can ride and see the Al Corniche from the lake for only a few Qatari Rial.
About 5 minutes after that there is a restaurant called Al Mourjan. Beside this is more dhows and a giant Oryx, from the 2006 Asian Games, called Orry the Oryx. On the other side is a statue from a kid’s comic, as I was informed by my friend Mahmoud. He claims that there is a story behind the statue, however, without a name, I could not find the children’s tale behind the figure.
On this walk of the Al Corniche, you can see the Amiri Diwan. You cannot take photos of this building. If you do, and you are caught police will track you down and make you delete the picture (it happened to someone Sean knows!) It is a government building, and photos of the building could be viewed as a security threat to the building.
From the Al Corniche, you can also see the Spiral Mosque or the Islamic Centre, it’s known by the two names. This is one of Doha’s most famous landmarks. This is actually a replica of the Great Most of Al-Mutawwakil in Samarra, Iraq. When visiting the mosque, the goal is to explain to non-Muslims what Islam is. It covers, essentially the basics of the Islamic beliefs.
From the Al Corniche, you can see the National Museum of Qatar. It is beautiful to look at, due to its shape. It’s a brand-new museum and mentioned in my last blog post. This is a sign that you have nearly approached the end of the Corniche.
The Corniche is for sure one of my favourite destinations in Doha. The view had me in awe, I was captivated by the teal water, though I was terrified (I had a fear of open water). Walking along the coast was magical.
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I want to thank Mahmoud for all the help while touring around the Al Corniche!