Top 3 cities in Qatar you should know hosting the World Cup

Qatar is located in the middle eastern regions of the globe. This peninsula borders Saudi Arabia and the Gulf of Persia.3 min


Qatar cities mainly include Doha, Al Khor, Al Wakrah, Al Khuwayr, Ar Ru’ays, Ar Rayyan, Ras Laffan, Dukhan, Umm Sa’id, Umm Salal ‘Ali, Umm Bab, and Umm Salal Muhammad.

Doha is the capital of Qatar cities while Al Wakrah is the second most important city. Studies show that more than 90 percent of the urban population lives in Doha among all other Qatar cities.

Qatar is located in the middle eastern regions of the globe. This peninsula borders Saudi Arabia and the Gulf of Persia. Doha is also the largest city in Qatar with an urban population of 533900.

The main airports are in the two major cities of Qatar, namely, Doha International and Al Udeid Ab airports.

Doha is the capital city as well as one of the major tourist attractions of Qatar. Situated on the eastern coasts of the Qatar peninsula, Doha is also mentioned as the commercial and cultural capital of the country.

Doha is mainly famous for its state-of-the-art airport, telecommunications and sun-kissed beaches.


Visiting the cities in Qatar might as well include shopping extravagances and desert tours; water sports combined with visits to historic museums.

The major tourist attraction of another significant city Al Wakra is the Al Wakra museum lying in one of the old forts of the town.

This museum is widely known for its display of the natural history with a display of the art and architecture as well as the marine life of that region.


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The city of Doha was formed after seceding from another local settlement known as Al Bidda. The earliest documented mention of Al Bidda was made in 1681 by the Carmelite Convent, in an account that chronicles several settlements in Qatar.

In the record, the ruler and a fort in the confines of Al Bidda are alluded to. Carsten Niebuhr, a German explorer who visited the Arabian Peninsula, created one of the first maps to depict the settlement in 1765 which he labeled as ‘Guttur’.

David Seaton, a British political resident in Muscat, wrote the first English record of Al Bidda in 1801. He refers to the town as ‘Bedih’ and describes the geography and defensive structures in the area.

He stated that the town had recently been settled by the Sudan tribe (singular Al-Suwaidi), whom he considered to be pirates. Seaton attempted to bombard the town with his warship, but returned to Muscat upon finding that the waters were too shallow to position his warship within striking distance.

Al Wakrah


Due to a wealth of archaeological evidence, it has been claimed that Al Wakrah served as the first urban centre of Qatar. The city was historically used as a pearling center during the period in which Qatar’s economy was almost entirely dependent on the bustling pearling industry.

According to the United States Hydrographic Office, by 1920, there were approximately 300 ships situated in the town.[11] A following study carried out by the British in 1925 stated that there were 250 boats in Wakrah’s port. Al Wakrah was thought to encompass the so-called ‘Pirate Coast’, as stated by a report written in 1898.

According to records contained in the British India Library Office, a written account dating to 1845 states that the town accommodated 250 houses and had a population of roughly 1,000.

It was said to be located 10 miles away from one of Qatar’s then-primary pearling villages, Al Bidda. The records also stated that the town’s original inhabitants were migrants from Al Bidda. Al Wakrah was described as “independent of Bidda and other towns; and as thriving and more cheerful in appearance than Bidda, to which it was equal in size”.

Al Rayyan

Similar to many other names given to Qatari settlements and municipalities, Al Rayyan Municipality was named after a geographic feature present in its namesake, the city of Al Rayyan. The city derives its name from the Arabic term “ray”, which translates to “irrigation”.

This name was bestowed upon it due to its low elevation, allowing it to act as a flood plain and provide a sustained supply of water to the numerous plants that grew within its boundaries.

In March 1893, the Battle of Al Wajbah was fought between the Qataris and Ottomans at the recently built Al Wajbah Fort, located 10 miles west of Old Doha. Although Qatar did not gain full independence from the Ottoman Empire, the result of the battle is seen by Qataris as a defining moment in the establishment of Qatar as a modern state.

Al Rayyan Municipality was created as an independent municipal administration by the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning in 1972.

Since 2004, Al Jemailiya Municipality was merged with Al Rayyan, and Jariyan Al Batnah Municipality was split between Al Rayyan and Al Wakrah Municipality. Doha Industrial Area, also known as Zone 58, was split off from Al Rayyan and integrated into Doha Municipality, becoming an exclave of Doha.


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