Doha is the capital city of the state of Qatar located on the Persian Gulf. Doha is Qatar’s largest city, with over 60% of the nation’s population residing in Doha or its surrounding suburbs. It is a modern and rapidly developing city and, considering the money being poured into construction, Doha looks set to become one of the premier cities in the Gulf within a few years. Much of Qatar’s oil and natural gas wealth is visible in Doha and so Doha is considered as the economic centre of the country. Doha also serves as the seat of government of Qatar. It is the home to the Education city, an area devoted to research and education. Doha’s economy is built on the revenue the country has made from its oil and natural gas industries and as a result Doha is currently experiencing a very large boom, with the city developing very rapidly. Doha is seeing huge amounts of growth, with the population of the city increasing by more than 30,000 between 2004 and 2006; this has caused a boom in the real estate sector, with real estate prices skyrocketing. Doha has recently been undergoing a huge expansion to its transportation network, including the addition of new highways, the construction of a new airport, and the planned construction of a metro system. Doha International Airport offers top-level service to visitors from around the world. The best time to visit Doha is November-March, when temperatures are at their mildest.
The Doha Round is the latest round of trade negotiations among the WTO membership. Its aim is to achieve major reform of the international trading system through the introduction of lower trade barriers and revised trade rules. The work program covers about 20 areas of trade. The Round is also known semi-officially as the Doha Development Agenda as a fundamental objective is to improve the trading prospects of developing countries.