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the corniche dohaPeople may say the Corniche is the heart of Doha. The views from its northern side and its southern side are different. People will see the modern Doha from the south end of the Corniche, looking to the north direction from near the Museum of Islamic Art. Where from the north, looking to the south direction, people will see a mixture of new and old building of Doha.

This is also the place where the government holds ceremonies, such as Qatar’s National Day, on 18 December every year. Approximately a month prior to this date, the Corniche will be decorated with decorative lights, just like many European/American cities decorating their cities prior to Christmas. However, these decorative lights will be removed just after the National Day, leaving Christmas and New Year as per usual days in Doha. If you intend to see the celebration, it is highly recommended you come on foot, since the traffic will be extremely jam-packed.

traditional dhow boat along the cornicheThere are also private traditional Dhows (wooden boats) available for rent. A short trip along the bay won’t cost much, especially if you come in a big group (price is negotiable). For a more organized Dhow trip, local tour companies can help with the arrangement.

the corniche doha during cold monthsLocal residents also enjoy the Corniche for jogging, family gathering or even water sport activities. Except during summer, visitors will find many people jog along the 6 kilometers (3.8 miles) curving promenade.

Bigger and more photos of the Corniche available by clicking both pictures.

Operating hours : 24 hours
Admission charges : free
Facilities : Cafeteria
Park with Wi-Fi and public toilets (in the northern corner of the promenade)
Restaurant (approximately in the center of the promenade)
Nearby attractions : Fanar Qatar Islamic Cultural Center
Museum of Islamic Art
How to get there : by own transport
Remarks : There is a public public toilets that conditions are not well maintained
Bicycle rental is also available near the park (similar to Paris’ Velib)
Traffic can be packed during peak hours.

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