Best Things To Do In Doha

12:09 22/02/2021

Founded as a tiny pearling and fishing village, Doha has developed over the past 2,000 years into a sprawling futuristic metropolis. Unchanging throughout, however, has been an ability to charm and beguile all who visit. Here is Culture Trip’s guide to the best things to do in Doha.

Best Things To Do In Doha

1. Walk around the Souq Waqif

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When you walk down the lively streets of Souq Waqif you’re immediately transported into another time. The bazaar’s name translates as “Standing Market” and

The Souq Waqif is a perfect place where you can taste, smell and experience tradition through the merchant’s produce, perfumes and stunning surrounding architecture.

The labyrinth of small shops offers a wide selection of various products from spices to handicrafts, clothing and many souvenirs.

Traditional art, cultural shows and music enrich the atmosphere of this unique space that also houses a comprehensive visitor centre.

The ambiance of the Souq is a mix of modern and traditional. You can dine at upscale restaurants that cater to everyone’s tastes, serving a range of traditional and regional dishes.

It’s not only food that’s garnering all the attention; don’t forget to visit the number of local art galleries and see what’s happening at the falconry market.

Souq Waqif is one of Doha must-see attractions, popular among gourmets as well as history buffs and well worth a visit.

2. Soak up the atmosphere along the Doha Coniche

A perfect way to enjoy the sights of the beautiful Doha Bay is to take a leisurely stroll along the promenade, the Doha Corniche on the West Bay.

The best spot to take a memorable photo from your trip is to position yourself next to the promenade, close to the Museum of Islamic Art, and from there capture the panoramic view of the skyscrapers.

This is the heart of the capital, and you can find anything you might need. From cafes and restaurants for a short break between sightseeing to large green spaces for relaxation, this is one of the best places to visit in Doha.

Go on a private city tour to visit Doha Corniche along with other Doha attractions as the Museum of Islamic Art and Souq Waqif.

See the Museum of Islamic Art

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When architect I.M. Pei designed the Museum of Islamic Art, he suggested it it be built on a standalone island so that no new buildings would obstruct it.
Situated just off the Corniche, the museum looks like it’s floating on water from some angles.
Calligraphy, Islamic patterns, jewelry and textiles from three continents make up its vast collection, with some of the items dating from the 7th to 19th century. The museum also features high profile rotating exhibits year-round.
For an impressive business lunch or a memorable date night, try Idam, French-born chef Alain Ducasse’s first restaurant in the Middle East.
The outdoor terrace on the top floor of the museum offers one of the best views of Doha, haute cuisine and generous service.

Go to the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum

This is one of the most surprising and interesting museums in the country. Located 23 kilometers west of Doha — the museum is the private collection of Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani, a distant relative of the country’s Emir.
The Sheikh has been collecting since he was 10 years old and once built a fort to hold the seemingly random objects collected during his travels, which include ancient religious books, textiles, old cigarette packets and even an 18th-century Ottoman bomb.
More than 15,000 artifacts fill the rooms here and one hall holds traditional pearling boats and vintage US cars.

Visit Al Zubarah Fort and the abandoned village

Discover the history of Qatar

Discover Qatar’s cultural history at the restored Al Zubarah Fort and surrounding archaeological works, Qatar’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site.
While the archaeological remains here date back to the 1700s, the fort, which was built in 1938, is the youngest feature.
It overlooks the old bustling pearl fishing town of Al Zubarah, which traders from China to Britain sailed to some 200 years ago.
Now abandoned, it’s something of a ghost town, although still charming.
Only the hollowed out doorways and continuous thick walls that once connected this community still remain.

Delve into Al Thakira Mangroves

One of the country’s most iconic spots — the Mangroves of Al Thakira is a large area of greenery and water with its own ecosystem in an otherwise sandy, scorching desert.
It’s filled with bird life, herons and flamingos have been migrating to the region for years.
The best way to experience the mangroves is to rent a kayak and get lost in the greenery.

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