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Posted On: 12 July 2020 06:35 pm
Updated On: 21 October 2020 06:11 am

Blast from the past: Take a look at these old photos of Qatar

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Qatar has surely come a long way from its pearling past and the discovery of oil in 1939. With the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 just a couple of years away, let's look back at Qatar's past before we dive headfirst into another milestone for the ever-progressing country. It's really quite amazing how Qatar transformed itself and it's still growing!

Here are some photos from the Corniche, Souq Waqif, Msheireb, the old Qatar National Museum, and landmarks in Doha!

West Bay and Corniche

Image: Peninsula Qatar and UCL Qatar⠀

A photo of the Doha Corniche in the 1950s and what it looks like recently (2019).

A photo of the Corniche in the late 1960s.

image: Joseph Suasin

Photo of West Bay and Corniche taken in 2008.

Image: Priya Perera

Look how much the buildings have multiplied in just a span of 8 years!

Former Qatar National Museum

Image: Unesco GCC & Yemen

Photos of the old Qatar National Museum during the 1970s and 1980s, the first museum created in the Gulf, with the original palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani

image: Fathimath Jazeela

A photo of a long time resident (more than 17 years) in the old Qatar National Museum during the late 1990s.

old Souq Waqif and Msheireb

Image: ramzan_alnaimi

Bismillah Hotel and Restaurant established in 1966 in Old Souq. It's the first hotel in Doha, Qatar.

Image: Old photos of Qatar/Facebook

Souq Waqif in the 1970s

Images from Msheireb Museums showing old Msheireb

Other buildings and landmarks

images: ESA/ESRIN

Aerial view of Doha in 1994 compared to 2017.

image: Google Earth, ScienceDirect, and ⠀

Check out this satellite view of Doha in 1956 vs what it looks in 2019!

The building and runway of the former Doha International Airport in the late 1960s.

The old Doha International Airport in the 1980s.

Images: DesertBlooms (Flickr) and Arabian Business

A photo of Qatar National Bank's building in the 1980s compared to a photo taken in 2018.

Image: Amiri Diwan

Used to be a fortress known as Al Bidda Fort, a military fort, Doha Palace, and Fort of the Sheikhs (Qal’at Al-Shouyoukh), it was renamed as Amiri Diwan in 1971 when the title of the Ruler of the State of Qatar was changed to Amir. In the early 1980s, the new premises were built for the Amiri Diwan next to the old palace, and the administrative activities were relocated to this building in 1989. (Source: Amiri Diwan)


The Sheraton when it was still being constructed in the 1970s. The hotel was opened in 1982.

Image: and Classic Stone

Al Wahda dual arches are located at the Interchange 5/6 (the southern end of the Lusail Expressway) and were used to be the old Rainbow (Arch) roundabout which started to be demolished in 2013. Read more about the Al Wahda Arches here.

(cover image: Doha Port --- Old Photos of Qatar/Facebook via

What do you think of Qatar's progress? What do you think Qatar will look like 10 years from now? Do you have more old photos of Qatar? Let us know in the comments!