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Transmuting the Desert into Farmland

Irrigation in the Aspire Zone

Irrigation in the Aspire Zone

It sounds like a fata morgana, but it becomes a reality. An area about fourty kilometers south of Doha is designated to be the testing ground for an improved fertility. For more than five million Dollars the Sahara Forest Project is intended to prove, that technical support can help nature to be productive in numerous ways. Food, drinking water and an additional yield of renewable energy. All this can be achieved hand in hand.

A parabolic solar power station is the heart of the construction. It produces electricity which is used for the desalination of sea water. A supplementary evaporation technology generates water for the irrigation of areas of arable land and greenhouses.

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The New Generation ascends the Throne

Royal House at the Corniche

The Residence Diwan Emiri

During the last years Qatar has gained its importance in international diplomatic relations not only in the gulf region. The community has impressively developed its future-oriented infrastructure. Thanks to the enormous natural gas deposits, Qatar belongs to the worlds wealthiest regions. This allowed the country to renew itself in record time. With just twohundredfifty thousand native citizens the population is reletively small. But thousands of foreign specialists help for the fast growth. Which amounts to a total of about 2 million people staying in Qatar.

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Robinson-Feeling for the Emir

Is there any link between David Copperfield, Johnny Depp and Hamad al-Thani, the emir of Qatar? They all attach value to the isolation of their holiday residences. To ensure a quiet rest they have made a safe choice: They did not only buy real estate properties, they purchased complete islands.

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Cruising the Desert on Hot Machines

Harley-Davidson, that’s cult. More than just riding a motorbike, it’s kind of a complete lifestyle. The number of enthusiasts in Qatar is permanently growing. Their international confederation is the HOG, the Harley-Davidson Owners Group. Regularly they organize interesting events around the globe. It was the first time now, that Doha hosted one of their meetings. Between March 22. and 24. everything centered around the bikes. The Marriott Hotel, where lots of participants stayed, became kind of a racer’s quarters. Being the official host of HOG-events is quite a honourable task.

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Spiderman climbs the Aspire Tower in Doha

Imagine you live or work in a skyscraper on one of the upper floors. Normally you would not expect somebody to look inside through the windows, except perhaps for the window cleaners. But there is one face you should be prepared for. The one of Alain Robert. The exceptional french climber prefers the exterior front of tall buildings, the taller the better. He already climbed up onto lots of impressive buildings, bridges and monuments all around the globe. Sometimes without offical permission, which often caused lots of trouble when he returned back to the safe bottom.

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Qatar – Small but ambitious

Is growth visible? In Doha it is. If you walk through the city, you will soon notice, that more or less every second building site is still under construction. Everything moves. The town changes rapidly. By the end of the last century nobody would have expected such a building activity. The place was calm and quiet, just the modern style pyramid shape of the Sheraton-Hotel gave an anchor point for the eyes. There were no skyscrapers nor any skyline visible. The Sheraton has kept its role as an important landmark at the West-Bay coastline, because it reaches a little far out into the sea, more than the other buildings.

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