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Posted On: 24 August 2020 10:45 am
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Top 5 tallest buildings in Qatar

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There is no shortage of towering buildings in Doha's West Bay making for an impressive modern skyline reflecting how rapidly growing the city is. But have you ever wondered which are the tallest buildings in Doha, Qatar? Not all of them are located in West Bay, so scroll down to find the answers!

1. The Torch Doha - 300 meters

The Torch Doha - tallest building in Qatar
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Towering at the heart of Aspire Zone is The Torch Doha at 300 meters high with 360 degrees panoramic views. People now know it as a hotel but in 2006, it was a very important building, for it housed the Symbolic Flame during the Asian Games that were held in Doha. The building, also known as Aspire Tower, was officially completed in 2007.

It was actually built for that purpose before it was converted to a 5-star hotel. The hotel opened its doors to guests in 2012 and, has since, been the centerpiece of Doha's Sport City. The 51-storey luxury hotel also takes pride in its cantilevered swimming pool and Doha's only 360 degrees revolving restaurant on the 47th floor aptly named 'Three Sixty'. Guests of the hotel also have access to a private walkway that takes them directly to Villaggio Mall.

It's the only building in this list that's not located in West Bay.

Location: Al Waab St, Doha
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thetorchdoha/

2. Kempinski Residences & Suites - 256 meters

Image credit: https://www.instagram.com/kempinskiresidencesdoha/

The second tallest building is the Kempinski Residences & Suites located in West Bay's central business district with the other "skyscrapers" in Qatar. The luxury residence was completed in 2009, opened in 2010 and celebrated its first decade anniversary on June 16, 2020.

The towering building has 62 floors and, on the 61st floor, one can dine at Zengo Doha which serves Pan-Asian cuisine with stunning views of the Corniche.

Location: Al Qassar Street, Doha
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kempinskiresidencesdoha/

3. Palm Towers - 245.7 meters

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Like the buildings above, the hexagonal twin towers are office buildings with 57 floors above ground. Its design is inspired by the trunk of the native palm trees of Qatar, which is reflected on the steel fins protruding from its glass-covered facade. The buildings were completed in 2009.

Palm Tower A received its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification under the Existing Building Operation and Maintenance (O+M) rating system, making it the first building facility in the State of Qatar to achieve the LEED-O+M certification according to United States Green Building Council (USGBC). It was previously RasGas' headquarters and now hosts Qatargas.

At its base is the Monoprix Hypermarket.

Location: Majlis Al Taawon Street, West Bay, Doha

4. World Trade Center - 241 meters

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Standing at 241 meters high with 51 floors above ground, the World Trade Center Doha building is one of the prominent buildings along Doha Corniche and is known for housing Qatar Petroleum's headquarters. The landmark consists of a podium, a high-rise building, a low-rise building, and a sphere. The 50-storey building was completed in 2013.

Location: Corniche Road, West Bay, Doha

5. Burj Doha - 238 meters

    Burj Doha/Doha Tower (tallest buildings in Doha)
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    There's no doubt that Burj Doha is an iconic landmark amidst Doha's skyline. Its cylindrical shape makes it stand out among the skyscrapers on Doha's West Bay, especially at night. The award-winning tower is designed by French architect Jean Nouvel who is also renowned for his work in the National Museum of Qatar. He brought to life the vision of H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Mohamed Bin Ali Al-Thani and the famous high-rise was completed in 2012.

    Also known as Doha Tower and Burj Qatar, the 46-story building reflects Qatar's Islamic heritage on its geometric-patterned screen facade. The office building features glass elevators that offer a peek onto the views of the Arabian Gulf. Although its architectural height is 238 meters, without the spire, the tower stands at 205 meters.

    Its top floor surely provides panoramic views of the city and the Arabian Gulf but sadly, it's not open to the general public. Work on the top floor was never finished after Sheikh Saoud passed away in 2014. Qatar Museums sometimes offers a tour of the office building through its Culture Pass program. At its base, one can find a hidden lush garden and a bistro.

    Location: Al Corniche, Building No 15, Zone 60, Street 910. Doha

    SEE ALSO: Top 5 iconic buildings along Doha Corniche

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