Qatar is a sovereign country located in Southwest Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf.
While in Qatar, take some time and visit some of the many beautiful and fascinating wonders of the Arab World.
For those visitors looking for a little excitement, you need to experience desert safari. Just an hour south of Doha is the start of the Empty Quarter and our enormous sand dunes! Expert local drivers will take you dune bashing for some fast paced thrills and stop to see the beautiful Inland Sea. AIAIM2019 will include half day safari trip in the registration.
Locally called Khor al-Daid, this massive inland sea is connected to the Arabian Gulf by a narrow inlet that shares the southern border with Saudi Arabia. Located over an hour's drive south of Qatar, an additional half-hour dune bashing through the entrance of the Empty Quarter is required to reach the shallow blue sea. Filled with hammour, small sharks, and porpoises, it is one of the most popular weekend getaways in Qatar.
Education City is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Located on the outskirts of Doha, the capital of Qatar, Education City covers 14 square kilometers and houses educational facilities from school age to research level and branch campuses of some of the world's universities. Students studied in these branch campuses receive the same diploma as the students in their main campuses. The branch universities include: Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar School of the Arts (VCUQ). Founded in 1998, VCUQ has offered students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (4 years) in fashion design, graphic design, interior design or painting and printmaking, a Bachelor of Arts (4 years) in Art History as well as a Masters of Fine Arts in Design Studies (2 years).
Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q). The Medical College was established by Cornell University in 2001 and offers a two-year pre-medical program followed by the four-year medical program leading to a Doctor of Medicine degree.
Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ). TAMUQ was established in 2003 and offers undergraduate degrees in chemical, electrical, mechanical and petroleum engineering. As of 2011, it also offers a master's degree in chemical engineering.
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q). CMU-Q has since 2004 offered undergraduate degrees in business, computer science programs, and as of 2007 an undergraduate degree in information systems. From Fall 2011, it has recently established a joint program with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar offering Biological Sciences and Computational Biology.
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Qatar). SFS-Qatar has, since 2005, offered a four-year program leading to a bachelor's degree in foreign service.
Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) began degree programs in journalism and communication in Fall 2008.
HEC Paris began offering graduate executive education programs for mid-career and senior executives in 2011.
UCL Qatar arrived in 2011 and offers postgraduate degree programes in the areas of archaeology, conservation, cultural heritage and museum studies.
Over 32 new kilometers of coastline was created when Qatar began building its first artificial island residential area. The Pearl features a large range of luxury villas, apartments, five-star hotels and over two million square meters of international retail, restaurants, cafes and entertainment. Eight other private islands will be for sale to private owners. The Pearl is home to the finest shopping and dining in all of Qatar.
The waterfront promenade encircling Doha Bay, the Doha Corniche is a major thoroughfare and entertainment area of Qatar. Every morning joggers get their exercise, and every evening the Corniche and its connecting park fill with families enjoying the magical downtown lights. Cafes and coffee shops can be found alongside the traditional fishing Dhows along the seven kilometer stretch.
Museum of Islamic Art
Nestled on a man-made island in the middle of Doha harbor, this stunning I.M. Pei designed museum is a unique storehouse dedicated to all facets of Islamic art. The finest examples of manuscripts, ceramics, and textiles from every Muslim country in the world fill the galleries. Included in the free admission is access to the extensive libraries, along with the best view of the West Bay and the Corniche.
Recently restored to its former glory, this major outdoor market is the place to go for tourists and locals alike for spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs. Along the narrow alleys filled with varied shops and art galleries are a collection of restaurants representing cuisines from all over the world. The nearby Fanir Islamic Center and its piercing spiral mosque is a great place to learn about Islam and the Arabic people.
Doha Cultural Village is a mini-township of sorts. Situated in the scenic West Bay area of Doha, this massive complex is the focal point of culture and entertainment in the city. Sprawled across 99 acres, it comprises multiple theaters, halls, stages, children's playgrounds and food parks. Concerts, plays, dance shows, band performances, movie screenings and plethora of festivals galore at Cultural Village. The hugely popular Doha Tribeca Film Festival is held here. Teeming millions grace the venue to attend this gala event. You, too, shouldn't miss it!