LUSAIL (لوسيل)

Another metro ride took us from Doha to Lusail, Qatar’s shiny new sister city. It is the second-largest city in Qatar, just 20 kilometers north of downtown Doha. It feels like an extension of the capital. But this coastal metropolis-in-the-making is actually a city in its own right. While still largely a construction zone, Lusail is already home to some of Qatar’s most striking architecture, notably the nation’s showpiece arena, Lusail Stadium, shaped like a traditional woven bowl, and Katara Towers, which integrates the traditional scimitar swords from the national seal into a pair of 36-story towers housing two luxury hotels. You’ll also find a marina with a pleasant promenade, the high-end Parisian-inspired Place Vendome mall, and more attractions in the making. With the first line on the Lusail Tram (connected to the Doha Metro) opened in 2022, Lusail is more accessible to visit via public transport than ever.