Sunday, December 8, 2013

Aspire Tower and Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar

Doha - Aspire Tower and Khalifa Stadium

photograph by: Nicole Luttecke in 2012

This Hallmark postcard is postmarked in 2013 with two State of Qatar stamps.

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Doha (literally: "the big tree") is the capital city of the state of Qatar.  It is Qatar's largest city, with over 60% of the nation's population residing in Doha or its surrounding suburbs.

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The Aspire Tower, also known as Torch Hotel, is a 300-metre (984 ft) tall skyscraper hotel located in the Doha Sports City complex.  It served as the focal point for the 15th Asian Games hosted by Qatar in December 2006.

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Khalifa International Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Doha, Qatar as part of the Doha Sports City complex.  It is named after Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar's former Emir. The final of 2011 AFC Asian Cup was held at this stadium and it will be the host for 2022 FIFA World Cup in 2022.

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In the Doha Sports Complex is a large statue of a book with two hands coming out of it and holding a globe.  That is the picture you see in the bottom right hand corner of the above postcard.

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