This image series reveals more details about the expansion of Doha’s road network. Roads are arranged concentrically around the old city’s center. Low-rise urban development expands outward from that center, connected by new ring roads and large freeways.
In the 1950s, the population of Doha was around 14,000. Increasing oil revenues enabled Qatar to expand economically, resulting in dramatic urban expansion of its capital. The price of oil rose in the 1970s and 1980s, and Doha’s growth increased along with it. Doha grew from around 500,000 people in the late 1990s to 1.5 million in 2011. The city's 2018 estimated population is around 1.7 million.
After the turn of the 21st century, Doha’s growth involved adding land area. The amount of coastline increased greatly after 2001 with the additions of the new airport and the high-end residences and businesses of the Pearl-Qatar.