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Welcome to Doha Corniche

Doha Corniche

The Doha Corniche is a beautiful waterfront promenade, and one of the most popular areas in Doha for tourists and locals alike. Now one of the most attractive areas of the city, the Corniche was formed after nearly 15 years of dredging work during the 1970s and 80s, It extends for several kilometres, and connects the West Bay Business District to the south of the city. The two ends of the Corniche are marked by two of Doha's best tourist attractions for foreign visitors, the Museum of Islamic Art and the Sheraton Hotel (where you can buy alcohol, and where parties and live music are often staged). Although the Doha Corniche used to be a largely empty expanse, the beauty of its seaside location and the groundswell of international commercial activity in Doha has seen extensive development take place, and these days the Corniche sports a glass-and-steel skyline to rival the likes of New York City. A popular area for joggers, walkers and bikers, the Corniche is also a wonderful place to gather in the coolness of the evening, to sip some coffee or have a meal and to socialise with other tourists and Qatari locals while the sun sinks behind the gleaming buildings in the west.

Information & Facts

Arabic is the official language, but English is widely used.

The official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QAR), which divides into 100 dirhams. The Riyal exchange rate is pegged to the US Dollar at QR 3.65. Money and travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks, the airport and exchange dealers. To avoid additional charges it is best to take travellers cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling. The main bank branches are on Grand Hamad Street in Doha. Banks are open Saturday to Thursday 8am to 1pm and some are open into the evening. ATMs are available on the main streets of the cities and towns, at banks and in shopping malls and most shops, hotels and restaurants accept international credit cards.

Local time is GMT +3.
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