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Qatar Direct: Old Doha

Qatar's capital city is experiencing rapid development and some of the sights of the old city are being swept aside

Doha, the capital of Qatar, is a city of contrasts. In a few decades it has been transformed from a crumbling pearling port to a gleaming metropolis. Today, its skyline is dominated by soaring skyscrapers but Old Doha - though fast disappearing - can still be found.

On the dusty, uneven pavements of Al Diwan Street, deep in the old quarter of Doha, Indian and Pakistani men sit cross-legged outside tea shops and restaurants.

It is a little after 7pm and despite the cool winds, dozens of men sit on chairs made of cardboard boxes. Others peer into the windows of empty second-hand electrical stores to watch television.

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