The next point of the planning process was: From where do you have the best view on the Skyline of Doha – the capital of Qatar? For me, it looks the most iconic when viewed from the traditional part of the city. The part of the town where you find the old Souq Waqif, Al Corniche, the Fanar Mosque and the Dhow Harbour. On Google Maps, you’ll even find a Doha Skyline Viewpoint.
Okay, so once I know this is the area of town where I want to stay, next is to find suitable accommodation. First, I always look for a place with a view. Always. If I pay some 30% or so more, this is pretty much always worth it if I get some extra photos due to the location. Especially because these photos are often unique as they are not easily accessible.
Daria checked a few hotels; my top choice was the Fraser Suites. Why? Because this is the view you get from the rooftop pool area. Now, the apartment they gave us wasn’t the best. Low floor, “city view” was a view of a street and construction site. But right on the first evening, I went up and shot the iconic Qatar skyline from the pool area.
I love how the iconic building of the Museum of Islamic Art takes a prominent place in the foreground. Along with the waving flag of Qatar and the promenade of the MIA Park leading the eye to the Skyline of Doha.
P.S. Daria just published a very concise article about everything there is to know about Qatar last week. If you want to know more or are considering a visit, make sure you give it a read: Qatar – its history, culture and present day.
This photo works also well as a panorama: