Qatar is known for having the most amazing of everything, and its capital city Doha is in the middle of all this. Doha is a Middle Eastern metropolis that has recently been growing in popularity as a tourist destination, and it’s not a surprise.
Doha combines modern and traditional, including enormous skyscrapers and historical sites dating back centuries. There are plenty of activities to suit everyone in Doha has a lot to offer. Here are 30 of the top things to do when visiting.
Experience the Qatari Culture at Souq Waqif
Doha is well-known for its shopping centers or, more specifically, it’s market that is scattered throughout the city.
If your next stop is this city, you must not miss its original and most renowned market, Souq Waqif.
Translated as ‘Standing Market, The Souq is among the city’s most visited spots for shopping or spending time with your friends and family.
The market areas include everything from a wide range of traditional Qatari clothes to spices, including high-end Gold shops to art galleries in the local area and the finest restaurants that will give you the best experience of Qatari cuisine and tradition.
The National Museum of Qatar
The National Museum of Qatar is the first national museum that opened in Doha just a year ago.
The museum was deemed as one of the top destinations to see in the year 2019, according to Time Magazine, and was inspired by the desert rose crystal that was discovered in Qatar, the country itself.
It was opened on the 28th of March, 2019. The museum has attracted more than 450,000 people, making it one of the top museums in the world.
The museum covers an area of 1.5 kilometers, telling the story of the country through three main themes or parts.
It begins with the beginnings, then moves to “Life in Qatar. The book concludes with a modern history of Qatar, recounting the country’s history from the desert to the present day. It is the ideal location to learn about the rich past of Qatar.
Visit the Pearl Qatar
It is located 350 meters from Doha’s West Bay lagoon’s coast. The Pearl-Qatar can be described as an artificial islet spread over 4 sq. kilometers.
Still, to be finished, the island is a paradise for those who value the highest level of quality and comfort. The Pearl-Qatar is a showcase of luxury with its lavish townhouses, award-winning beaches, entertainment facilities, and an array of top-quality eateries and public areas.
The Marsa Malaz Kempinski is a European hotel that is a blend of Arabian influences and is among the island’s most well-known attractions.
So, those who wish to experience the grandeur at its finest must not miss out on the chance to explore the island while in the capital city.
Browse Art Through Ages at the Museum of Islamic Art
The Museum of Islamic Art, more popular MIA, proudly displays the Islamic art of three continents, spanning more than 14,000 years. MIA also has the title of the best museum among all Museums in Qatar.
The museum dates back to the 7th century. The museum is home to an impressive collection of manuscripts, textiles and jewelry, glass ornaments, and other objects from countries like India, Egypt, Central Asia, Turkey, Iraq, Spain, and Iran.
In addition to being among the most well-constructed art museums in Islamic art anywhere in the world, MIA also accommodates additional facilities like a fully-stocked library, with books available in English and Arabic, and a park.
You could also take an opportunity to learn more about the diverse Islamic tradition through regular workshops.
Learn About Falconry at Falcon Souq
It is located adjacent To Souq Waqif in downtown Doha. Adjacent to the Falcon Souq is the most popular spot for lovers of falcons in Doha.
The market is renowned for its spacious shops brimming with thousands of falcons and other birds that entice those who are adventurous.
During the falconry season (October until March), the arcade hosts many shops specializing in falconry, where the birds are displayed to buyers and onlookers.
In this period, they’re offered for sale anywhere between $2,600 and over $260,000. Then, it becomes an obsession. It is among the most popular with locals and is definitely worth trying if you don’t mind a little excitement.
Take a Walk at the Corniche
Doha Corniche Doha Corniche is a seven-kilometer-long public park that spans all of Doha Bay, starting from the Sheraton Hotel and ending with the National Museum of Islamic Art.
The public is widespread locally since it draws people from every walk of life and is a great place to be for everyone, regardless of the level of social standing.
From strolling around in the morning and flying an air-craft enjoying a lavish lunch at one of Doha’s most renowned eateries, Al Mourjan, the promenade is a source of entertainment.
A highly requested thing on the Corniche is a cruise on the dhow boats that offer a fantastic view of Doha Bay. This must not be missed while on the town for a trip.
Relax at the Aspire Park
Part of an Aspire Zone located in the district of Baaya, Aspire Park is the largest park in the city.
It’s the ideal spot to relax and enjoy its recreational facilities after a long day shopping at Hyatt Plaza or Villagio Mall near the park.