You can't really tell in this picture, but behind us is a large pearl (Doha was once a pearl port). This monument is cement, sorta like the Qatarian equivalent of PR's Pelican Pete. Of course, we had to pose for pictures.
The Qatari government (Under the aspices of Sheika Mosha) has done a lot of work to clean up the city and make it attractive. This is the site of the old souk, Waqif, which has been remodeled to look old (it's quite new). Very effective I think.