Doha Corniche, Qatar
The Doha Corniche is indisputably the most attractive part of Doha studded with exciting green surroundings and remarkable modern architecture. The Corniche is a waterfront palm-fringed boulevard and twin carriageway, extends in a horseshoe shape and runs 7 km along the Doha Bay and the city's sea-front.
The Corniche Street, a main thoroughfare runs parallel to the Corniche and connects Doha's emerging West Bay business district with the south of the city and Doha International Airport. The sightseers will always have the sea on one side while there is a small stretch of grassland and a very hectic business street on the other side. The place is popular with walkers, skaters, joggers and people who love to stroll along the corniche, especially during pleasant evenings, having a breathtaking view on the skyline and a good look at all the illuminated monuments.
Surrounded by skyscrapers, the Doha Corniche is lined with magnificent hotels, cafes, the structural masterpieces such as government buildings; gorgeous parks with children's play area, cool green lawns and other a significant number of stunning landmarks, such as the Museum of Islamic Art and the Qatar National Theater.
Initially an empty stretch of walkway, the Sheraton Hotel was the only noticeable edifice in that walkway before the dredging effort expansively carried out during the early 1980s which restructured Doha's coastline. The last decade saw increase in developmental work of the seaboard due to the new fame of Doha (Qatar's capital), with several skyscrapers being built towards the north of the Corniche.
Presently, the Doha Corniche is a charismatic epithet of the economic boom the country has been experiencing and their desire to open up and boost tourism, which was made easy by the 2006 Asian Games. The luxurious buildings, stunning landmarks and magnificent masterpieces in the Corniche are reminiscent of New York City where all visitors to Doha come to visit, at some time during their stay.