Little Qatar thinks it's big and it's interesting to come and understand why. A country is first and foremost its capital, and this one looks its best on the banks of the Corniche, a daring place for world-class museums, has the greatest architects to build the futuristic towers of West Bay, The Pearl and the new smart city of Lusail. Doha is pushing its luck in the middle of the desert to build sports and educational cities to make the richest of our municipalities pale, opening shopping centres like other French fry trucks. Doha, an open-air construction site, a highly structured urban delirium, is a modern must that will delight architecture lovers.
Inside and outside :
Of course it's hot, too hot often. But the traveller escaping from cold Europe or coming from tropicalized French-speaking lands finds in Qatar a form of balance, a skilful balance between refrigerated interiors and the furnace, a thermal trip in itself that we learn to master to make it an asset: thus, nine months out of twelve (June-August not possible!), it is pleasant to enjoy the sweetness of mercury for a delicious and chill-free bath, a dinner in a light dress, a water sports session in perfect home heat, and then to go visit a gallery or lick a few shops in the cool.
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette