Doha Corniche

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Women walk on Doha Corniche with Doha Skyline in the background

The Doha Corniche is a waterfront promenade extending for seven kilometers along Doha Bay in the capital city of Doha, the state of Qatar.[1] Annual celebrations of national holidays such as National Sports Day[2] and Qatar National Day are centered on the Doha Corniche.[3] It is a popular tourist and leisure attraction within Qatar.[4]

History[edit]

The iconic Sheraton Hotel
General view of Corniche seafront

The Corniche used to be an empty stretch of walkway in which the only visible edifice was a Sheraton Hotel, but development has increased in the 21st century with dozens of skyscrapers being built towards the north of the Corniche. The area's development is part of the economic boom the country has been experiencing and part of an effort to promote tourism, which was facilitated by the 2006 Asian Games.[1]

Many of Doha's most iconic landmarks are found along the Corniche, beginning from around the Museum of Islamic Art and ending at the Sheraton Park near the distinctive pyramid-shaped Sheraton Hotel.[1]

Location and area[edit]

The Corniche encircles Doha Bay, running for a length of 7 kilometers. There are three main areas of the Corniche: the Corniche Park and Promenade, Corniche Street, and the Government zone.[5]

The Corniche Promenade and Park are very popular destinations for walkers, runners, skaters, joggers and others engaging in leisure and social activities.[1]

Corniche Street is a paramount route which connects Doha's emerging West Bay business district with the south of the city and Doha International Airport. It was formed following extensive dredging work carried out during the late 1970s and early 1980s which reshaped Doha's coastline.[1]

As for the Government zone, which commands a view of the bay, administrative buildings such as the Amiri Diwan are found here.[5]

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Doha Corniche". Online Qatar. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b Peter Alagos (9 March 2018). "Steady flow of visitors - Al Bidda Park makes a grand return". Gulf Times. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  3. ^ Joseph Varghese (17 September 2017). "Qatar all set for National Day; Doha Corniche all decked up". Gulf Times. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Doha's Waterfront Promenade". Qatar Tourism Authority. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b Mohammad Gharipour (2016). "Contemporary Urban Landscapes of the Middle East". Routledge. p. 216.
  6. ^ "Part of Corniche Street to be closed for two days". Gulf Times. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2018.

Coordinates: 25°17′29″N 51°32′14″E / 25.29139°N 51.53722°E / 25.29139; 51.53722