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DOHA MAPPING A magniloquent urban puzzle in search of a soul

Asia | Doha

For the first time TheCityPlan looks at one of the most talked of and representative cities of the Middle East: Doha, the capital of Qatar.

A very young city, founded in the early 1980s and originally named Al Bida, Doha today has more than one million inhabitants. Located on the Persian Gulf, it personifies wealth - thanks to the huge natural gas and oil reserves located mainly in the north of the state, but also on account of its recent unprecedented growth at a speed never before seen that has completely changed the face of the city in the last fifteen years.

The 5 GIS-based maps show Doha to be apparently without any striking contradictions. When compared against the other maps indicating services, natural contours, public transport and natural vegetation, the population map shows highest densities still in the old - or rather original - town. The other...

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