Qatar entices with its Desert Rose

From traditional experiences to modern marvels, Doha has it all.
The US$434-million (S$592-million) National Museum of Qatar (above), designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, and one of its displays.
The US$434-million (S$592-million) National Museum of Qatar (above), designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, and one of its displays.PHOTOS: MELODY ZACCHEUS, QATAR NATIONAL TOURISM COUNCIL
In the Souq Waqif Falcon Hospital, dozens of falcons, a status symbol, sit on tiered perches awaiting their turn.
In the Souq Waqif Falcon Hospital, dozens of falcons, a status symbol, sit on tiered perches awaiting their turn. PHOTOS: MELODY ZACCHEUS, QATAR NATIONAL TOURISM COUNCIL
The US$434-million (S$592-million) National Museum of Qatar, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, and one of its displays (above).
The US$434-million (S$592-million) National Museum of Qatar, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, and one of its displays (above).PHOTOS: MELODY ZACCHEUS, QATAR NATIONAL TOURISM COUNCIL

The National Museum of Qatar, with its petal-like structure, is the latest attraction to draw visitors to a land of traditional experiences with a modern twist

Qatar's colossal new museum, nicknamed the Desert Rose, is like a science-fiction wonder.

Rising from the desert landscape, it is clad with slender discs with the look of flying saucers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 08, 2019, with the headline 'Qatar entices with its Desert Rose'. Print Edition | Subscribe