6 February 2012| Last updated on 13 December 2017
Al Corniche was created way back in the 1970’s by extending the shoreline around Doha’s fantastic bay and has been a favourite spot for both residents and visitors ever since.
From the Sheraton Park you can walk, jog, rollerblade or cycle along the promenade. The promenade is marked every 100 metres so you can even monitor how far you’ve jogged or walked! Of course many people just like to picnic under one of the many palm trees or some even like to take a Dhow trip to take a closer look at the ever expanding skyline.
Further along the Al Mourjan Restaurant serves food from twelve noon until after midnight and gives you the opportunity to sit back and relax whilst enjoying the spectacular views of the crystal blue gulf waters.
Opposite Arumeila Park is a great place for a family trip out and again for picnicking. Next to it is the Heritage Village which was built to recall the lifestyle of earlier times in Qatar.
Moving further along the Corniche, you will come to the Emiri Diwan which is the office of the Emir HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani which is a stunning building. It also serves for State Occasions in Qatar.
Right next door is Souq Waqif which combines the traditional Souq with souvenir shops and a large selection of both restaurants and coffee shops catering for lots of variations of cuisine?
To the left if Souq Waqif you will find the Gold Souq and the Fanar building otherwise known as the curly wurly mosque. This building has lots of information on Islam and also holds exhibitions of Islamic history and art.
Back on the opposite side of the road again next to the water you will find the Dhow Harbour and right next to that the famous Qatar Museum of Islamic Art which is a striking building on this part of the cornice. The new MIA Park has recently opened next to the museum which has sculptures, cafes, gift shops and playgrounds and is well worth a visit.
It is a perfect time of year whilst we have the cooler weather to take a long stroll along the Corniche and check out just what this part of Qatar has to offer.