Al Bidda to Doha – History Worth Knowing Before You Travel – A Guide to the Captivating City 

The humble and captivating journey from Al Bidda to Doha traces the transformation of a humble fishing village into a modern city while preserving its rich heritage and culture.

Jaseem Hamza, Al Bida Park, Westbay Doha, Qatar – panoramio (4), CC BY 3.0

Origins of Al Bidda 

Long before skyscrapers and busy streets dominated this city, Al Bidda was a simple settlement located along the Arabian Peninsula. Its strategic location made it a hub for pearl diving and fishing – activities which have sustained generations up to this day.

Rise of Doha 

Al Bidda’s historical turning point came in the 19th Century, when it was a dependency on the Ottoman Empire. In the 1820s, the ruling Al Thani family sought greater control thus leading to conflicts with the Ottomans. In 1867, then-ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Thani moved the capital from Al Wakrah to Al Bidda and renamed it Doha.

Preservation of Cultural Heritage 

Despite its rapid development, Qatar is committed to preserving its rich cultural heritage. The city of Doha is home to numerous museums and cultural institutions such as the Museum of Islamic Art, the Doha Film Institute, and the Qatar National Museum.

A Glimpse of Doha Today 

A glimpse of Doha highlights the seamless blend of modernity and tradition in the city today. From luxury hotels in Doha to the bustling souqs, visitors are sure to enjoy what the city has to offer. Visit the iconic landmarks and museums and indulge in traditional cuisine before retreating to the quiet comfort and luxury of a property such as the Banana Island Resort Doha.