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Beach Life

North of Doha on the east coast are several superb beaches. Al Marrouna beach (also known as French Beach) and Fuwairit beach are some of them. Both are about 90 minutes’ drive north of the city, the pristine and uncrowded places with excellent swimming, just waiting for you. Fuwairat beach is backed with eroded limestone cliffs forming small coves. In the summer, hawksbill turtles come ashore to nest on these beaches. On the west coast are Dukhan and Umm Bab beaches, backed by wild palm trees and with kilometres of golden sands. The little peninsula of Ras Abrouq on the west coast also has some spectacular beaches.
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Central Business District

At the north western end of the Corniche is the main business district, noted for its spectacular high rise architecture. Among the prominent commercial buildings are the Qatar Financial Centre and new Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre, as well as the City Center-Doha and The Gate shopping malls. It is also home to several top hotels, including the Sheraton, Four Seasons, Kempinski, Hilton, Marriott Courtyard, Movenpick and W Hotel. The central stretch of the Corniche offers a vista of green parks backed by a number of impressive public buildings.
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Al Bidda/Souq District

Lying at the southern end of the Corniche, we find the Al Bidda district, the historical heart of Doha. Here, the visitor can enjoy a wide range of fascinating sights and experiences, including the Museum of Islamic Art, Emiri Diwan, Dhow Harbour, Souq Waqif, Gold Souq, the spiral-shaped Al Fanar Islamic Centre and Al Koot Fort. This area boasts another concentration of hotels. Well known international and regional brands include Crowne Plaza, Mercure, Al Bustan, Century, Oryx Rotana, Concorde, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels and Marriott.
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Al Rayyan

In Al Rayyan district, we find the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club, venue for twice weekly race meeting every Wednesday and Thursday from October to May, as well as Education City, the Qatar Foundation’s 14 sq km campus featuring the Qatar Science & Technology Park, Qatar National Convention Centre and the Doha branches of eight major overseas universities, six from the USA and one each from the UK and France. Also worth a visit in Education City are Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and the Al Shaqab stud, dedicated to the breeding and preservation of purebred Arabian horses.
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