Doha is the capital of Qatar and a source of much pride for locals with its spectacular modern buildings, fabulous shopping malls, exciting international sports events and rapid economic expansion. The city has a relatively small number of traditional tourist attractions, but it is a positively delightful destination best explored by tapping into the local lifestyle.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning a Travel to Qatar then the best time to visit is Novemberto early April. Such climatic conditions allow sightseeing and outdoor activities.
Top Place to Visit in Doha
Doha’s sparkling seafront. Even in the early hours of the day, the impressive skyline dances in the heat, but the seaside breezes offer a cool respite. The bay is the capital’s most outstanding highlight, designed with landfill to create a lovely crescent surrounded with cycling tracks and shady footpaths. For the best view of the city, stroll from the southeastern end of the corniche at the Ras Abu Abboud Street Flyover.
2. Museum of Islamic Arts
Standing on its own island, the monumental museum created by world-renowned architect IM Pei resembles a modern fortress surrounded by a virtual moat. The world’s largest collection of Islamic art lies within the museum, and the extensive collection is made of artifacts from three continents. Interestingly, all the exhibits are conceptual. For instance, a single motif is displayed through exhibits showing extravagant carpets, an individual floor tile or a shining piece of gold jewelry. You won’t be able to explore the entire museum in just one visit, so pace yourself and focus on just one or two galleries. To avoid sensory overload, take a break for tea in the lovely ground floor cafe.
3. Souq Waqif
A centuries-old market in central Doha. In the past, Bedouins gathered here to trade their wool, goats and sheep, but today the market is lined with stalls selling traditional Qatari clothing, colorful spices, incense, exotic perfumes and antiques. Although the goods are usually authentic, the market’s design is not. In recent years, it has been redeveloped to resemble the souqs of the 19th century, with exposed timber beams and mud-walled shops. Doha’s souq is filled with restaurants that reflect global and regional tastes.
Hit some of Doha’s most convivial hotspots at night. Locals love their live music clubs, but are also quite active once the sun goes down and the temperature cools. Head to the city center to join them in fun activities like bowing, wall climbing and even ice skating.