Qatar is quickly becoming an urban centre for culture, arts and international events. As host of the World Cup 2022, the country has seen a number of aesthetically appealing stadiums and other venues spring up in its capital Doha and other cities. Qatar also enjoys a rich history and culture that can be explored by visiting its traditional markets and historical sites. Al Zubarah Archaeological site is the most important of these and is also a UNESCO world heritage site. This coastal city was a key pearling and trade centre in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today, the remains of Al Zubarah's mosques, roads and houses can be appreciated by visitors eager to learn about its history. In Doha, visit Souq Waqif, a traditional market selling traditional clothes, perfumes, handicrafts and souvenirs. The market also features a wide choice of restaurants and cafes to stop at for a delicious bite and some refreshments.
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