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Doha from space, June 1996

Doha (Arabic: الدوحة;, Ad-Dawhah) (population 370,000) is the capital of Qatar, located on the Persian Gulf. Major industries are oil and fishing. Located near Doha is Education City, an area devoted to research and education. Doha is located at 25°18' North, 51°32' East (25.3, 51.5333). [1] (http://earth-info.nga.mil/gns/html/cntry_files.html)

The airport of the city is Doha International Airport.

History

The city was founded as Al-bida in 1850. The city became the capitol of the British protectorate Qatar in 1916. The Al Wajbah fort is in the southwestern part of the city and was build by al Rayyan in 1882. This fort witneessed the famous battle where the people of Qatar underneath the leadership of Sheikh Qassim beat the Ottomns in 1893. The Al Kout fort was built in 1917 by Sheikh Abdulla Bin Qassim Al-Thani and lies in the center of the city. In 1949 the city began exporting oil. The Government House opened in 1969 and is considered the nation's most prominent landmarks. In 1971 it became the capitol of the independent Qatar. The Doha University opened in 1973. The National Museum of Qatar opened in 1975 which was originally the palace for the ruler in 1912. The 15th Asian games will be held in the city in 2006.

See also

External links

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