After months of covering the transformation underway in Qatar and throughout the Middle East, I finally arrived in Doha Saturday night. So far the city has engaged and fascinated me in a way similar to how I have fawned over my past travel destinations including Sarajevo, Montevideo, Salvador and Kosovo.

The mix of the old and new is heavily weighted towards the new, but remnants of Qatar's past still thrive. And my walk along the Corniche was a vivid display of both Qatar's accomplishments and its still hugely untapped potential.

On a crisp desert winter night, I found myself scoping out the new skyscrapers in the northern shore of the Corniche. The walk was necessary after a huge meal in Souq Waqif, and yet proved inspiring for the way in which I observed designers and developers are pushing the bounds of architecture and design. My five day immersion course in all of what boosts and challenges Qatar has just started, but my infatuation is only at a very early start.

North Corniche at night

North Corniche at night

Pearl Monument, southern Corniche

Pearl Monument, southern Corniche

About The Author

Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.