Despite the current fast track urban development process that characterizes the city of Doha, very few studies have
addressed several important growth aspects, including the examination of the way in which its inhabitants comprehend
and react to its built environment and the resulting spatial experience. This paper examines inhabitants’ spatial experience
in the city by applying cognitive mapping procedures coupled with an attitude survey. 108 responses were
received, analyzed, and classified in three categories a) living, working, and visiting patterns; b) comprehension of
home range, home zone, and movement; and c) ethnic affiliation: Qataris and other Arab expatriates. The findings
contribute to an in-depth understanding of the inhabitants' spatial experience. The study concludes with an emphasis
that by establishing knowledge generated from research findings that are derived from direct experience of inhabitants
including movement patterns and the rhythm of geographical locations within the city, the various aspects of how certain
areas work within the urban structure of the city can be elucidated.
Keywords: Spatial Experience, Doha, Urban Mobility, Home Range, Home Zone, Cognitive Mapping.
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