Qatar is the richest country in the world according to GDP per capita, and it has a population of just 2.8 million. The country provides just enough riches for its inhabitants to ensure they live their best lives. Having said that; Qatar’s economy largely depends on petroleum and natural gas which both account for more than 70% of the total government revenue, and the country has heavily invested in wonderful architectural structures that serve as tourist centers for tourists trooping in from all parts of the world.
Oil won’t last forever and that’s a fact almost every country in the Arab world is not taking lightly, which is the reason why they’ve been working tirelessly to develop other avenues to generate revenues for the country.
It’s no news anymore that Qatar will be hosting the 2022 edition of the FIFA World Cup, thanks to its friendly environment, beautiful structures and amenities which will ensure the comfortability of everyone who will be visiting. It’s also a no-brainer that the world’s richest country, and host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, is home to some architectural wonders, one of which is the venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup – the Lusail Iconic Stadium.
Hence, we’ll be taking a look at the top 10 architectural wonders of Qatar.
1. The Museum of Islamic Art
Designed by the legendary Chinese-born architect, I. M. Pei; the same man who created the John F Kennedy Library and the famous glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris. The Museum of Islamic Art is a museum on one end of seven kilometer-long Corniche in Doha. To further emphasize on the importance of this building, I. M. Pei was brought out of retirement at age 91 to design the museum that now has a park, workshops for schools and the general public, and a library that provides information about Islamic Arts in English and Arabic languages. The Museum occupies an area of 45,000 meter square on an artificial peninsula on the south-end of Doha Bay.
2. Aspire Tower
A landmark building that once held the record of the tallest building in Qatar was originally built to house the Symbolic Flame of the 2006 Asian Games. Once referred to as The Torch Doha, the 300-metre tall skyscraper is located in the Aspire Zone complex in Doha. The construction of the Aspire Tower, very close to the Khalifa International Stadium, concluded in November 2007 at a final cost of approximately $148 million. You’ll only see the beauty of this tower at night when it is illuminated with LED colors.
3. Burj Doha
Burj Doha is a $125 million skyscraper that was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel with a height of 238 meters with 46 stories, making it the 6th tallest building in the city of Doha. Owned by Sheikh Saud bin Muhammed Al Thani, the Burj Doha consists of 46 floors above the ground, three floors below the ground and a total floor area of 110,000 meter square. The building was designed to hold create office spaces for businesses wishing to operate in the diverse business district of West Bay.
4. National Museum of Qatar
Another architectural wonder designed by famous French architect, Jean Nouvel, the National Museum of Qatar is a museum located in Doha and was opened to the public on 28th of March 2019. The design was said to be inspired by the Desert Rose which grows around the original twentieth century palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani who was once the Emir of Qatar.
5. Tornado Tower
Occupying an area of 32,300 square feet, the Tornado Tower is a high-end office skyscraper with a height of 195 meters, featuring 52 floors. It features a ground level restaurant and a bank among other notable amenities. The top three floors of the tower are luxury office spaces with the top level of the VIP floors having direct access to a helipad. The Tornado Tower is the 10th tallest building in Doha.
6. Pigeon Towers
Located in Katara, a cultural village in Doha, the Pigeon Towers are examples of the traditional Islamic architecture. A lot of spectacular buildings can be found in Katara Cultural Village, most notably the Blue Mosque, which was designed by the first woman to design a mosque, the Pigeon Towers are just as great as the religious message they portray.
7. Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center
Abdulla bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center features a mosque with lectures and Arabic language classes coupled with educational trips. It is one of the most famous places in Qatar, thanks to the promotion of the country’s culture and religion. The spiral shape of the minaret is the standout out feature of this iconic building and it not only makes the building beautiful, it makes it stand out among other surrounding structures.
8. Barjeel Tower
At 253 square meters, the Barjeel Tower is one of the tallest buildings in Doha. Also known as the Wind Tower, Barjeel Tower is a 64-storey residential skyscraper in West Bay. Each storey is 4.1 meters tall and the building was completed in 2009 after construction had begun in 2006.
9. Hamad International Airport
After displacing Doha International Airport to be Qatar’s principal airport, the coolest thing about this famous airport is the architectural structure which has gained attention worldwide. Built over an area of 5500 acres, the airport is capable of handling around 50 million passengers on a yearly basis.
10. Lusail Iconic Stadium
Perhaps the most iconic structure on this list as its name suggests, the Lusail Iconic Stadium is currently under construction and will finally be opened in 2020, in time to serve its purpose as the stadium that will host the opening and final match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Asides from hosting the two most important matches of the next FIFA World Cup, the stadium will also be a catalyst for the development of Lusail City.