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Qatar Travel Tips: 19 Useful Things to Know Before You Visit Doha

Considering a stopover in Doha or planning your first visit to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup? This list of 19 incredibly useful Qatar travel tips covers everything from dress code and rules for couples, to budgeting, and how to move around the city.

In many respects, Qatar is a closed book.

Before I decided to sign up for a layover in Doha , I knew very little about this tiny oil-rich Islamic country in the Persian Gulf. Like many travellers before me, it was precisely this sense of the ‘unknown’ that lured me to visit Doha – that, and the promise of fragrant souqs, harbours crowded with dhow boats and men parading the streets with falcons perched on their wrists instead of Rolex watches.

What is it like to travel in the richest country in the world per capita, where more than 85% of the local population are expats or migrant workers?

Most people’s experience of Qatar will be like mine: A somewhat superficial brush with a small but socially complex country on an extended layover. For practical reasons, Qatar is a great place to break up a long flight (the trip from Australia to Georgia , for example).

Even if your visit is fleeting (heck, even if you’re not planning to leave the airport), there are certain things you should know about Qatar in advance to make your experience in this beautiful Middle Eastern nation smoother and more enjoyable.

From what to wear, to which day of the week to avoid and a few sure-fire tips to save money, here are 19 incredibly useful Qatar travel tips to help you prepare for your visit.

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  • Find cheap flights to Doha: Use Skyscanner to find the best price on Doha flights. Remember you may have to book direct through Qatar Airways if you want to take advantage of the free stopover.
  • Do you need a visa for Qatar? Qatar offers visa-free entry for citizens of more than 80 countries Check to see if you need a Qatar visa on iVisa .
  • Do you need proof on onward travel? Use OneWayFly to obtain proof of onward travel and/or a hotel reservation.
  • Insure your trip: HeyMondo is my preferred provider for single-trip and annual travel insurance.
  • Stay connected: Set up an Airalo eSIM for Qatar before you leave home and hit the ground running when you arrive in Doha.
  • How to get from Doha Airport to the city: Take the newly constructed metro or organise a private hotel transfer from Hamad International Airport (recommended if you’re arriving late at night or early in the morning).
  • Doha car hire: Keen to explore more of Qatar? Use Discover Cars to find the best price on a rental car in Doha.
  • On a short layover? This Doha transit tour starting and ending at the airport is a great way to see the city when you have limited time.
  • 5 essentials to pack for Doha: Universal travel adapter ; an insulated water bottle and LifeStraw (Qatar is one place you definitely want to stay hydrated!); a travel scarf with hidden pocket (handy for visiting mosques or covering up in the sun); sun protection gear – including a wide-brim hat and sunglasses at a minimum; a copy of the latest Lonely Planet guidebook for Qatar .

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19 practical qatar travel tips, 1. a qatar airways stopover is the easiest way to organise your doha visit.

If you want a taste of Doha, you can squeeze a lot into a 24 or 48-hour layover .

In an effort to encourage more people to travel with the national carrier and break-up their journey in Doha, Qatar’s tourism board introduced a program to incentivise extended layovers. Booked through Qatar Airways , a stopover can take a lot of the hassle out of organising a trip.

It works like this: Choose your airfares to and from Doha (they must be with Qatar Airways, and you must leave a minimum gap of 12 hours between flights). You’ll then be eligible for a ‘free stopover’ of 1-4 nights. Benefits include a heavy discount on a selection of 4 and 5-star hotels , and a free transit visa (if you need one).

If your stopover is shorter (6-12 hours), you can opt for a discounted Doha transit tour instead.

2. The climate is extreme, so time your visit wisely

Remember when Qatar was first named host country for the 2022 FIFA World Cup? Most newscasters’ first reaction was to point to the absolute unsuitability of the climate for outdoor sports.

Qatar has a desert climate – hot and dry are the imperative words here. But that doesn’t mean it’s sweltering year-round.

Cool season (December through February) is mild, with temperatures averaging 14-25 Celsius most days. Desert gusts are tempered, skies are clear, and rainfall is minimal, giving Doha a spring-like atmosphere. This is by the far the best time to visit Qatar (and for the record, this is when the World Cup will take place, too).

With that in mind, Qatar is certainly not a place you want to visit in the peak summer months. May through September is much warmer, with max temperatures hovering around the low 40s. July, traditionally the hottest month of the year, should be avoided at all costs. It’s not unusual for the mercury to soar to 43 Celsius in June, July and August.

You should also consider whether your visit will coincide with the Holy Month of Ramadan . Qatar is an Islamic nation, and majority of people observe the 30 days of fasting and prayer. Under Sharia Law, it is illegal to eat or drink in public in Doha during Ramadan. Most cafes and restaurants close during the day, while shops, museums and the souq all observe restricted hours.

Other rules, such as dress code , are more strictly enforced during the Holy Month.

3. Doha is surprisingly affordable

The official currency in Qatar is the Qatari riyal (QAR) . Like in neighbouring Oman , it’s relatively easy to make your money stretch further. We drew up a rough budget and withdrew cash on our first day in Doha (ATMs, by the way, are ubiquitous, and most venues accept payment by credit card). This was one of the rare times we over-estimated our spend and had to change most our riyals back into USD at the airport.

In the end, we spent around 40 USD per person per day on food and transport in Doha. That was enough to cover three solid meals, a few trips on the metro, and tickets for the Museum of Islamic Arts.

Food portions are huge, so you can easily save money by sharing meals. The metro is cheaper than taking a taxi (more on that later), and you can save even more cash by avoiding ticketed attractions (our biggest expense by far, aside from accommodation, was museums).

4. Tipping is customary, but not mandatory

There are no hard and fast rules about tipping in Qatar – but it is increasingly expected in Doha, especially from tourists.

If you’re happy with the service, it is considered polite to offer waiters and other staff a small gratuity. Generally speaking, 10-15% is acceptable for restaurants, cafes and bars, while you should aim to tip your taxi driver or gas station attendant 5-10 QAR.

15 essential Qatar travel tips to know before visiting Doha – including dress codes, rules for foreigners, how much to budget and how to get around.

5. Doha shuts down on Friday mornings

Friday prayers, or Salat al-Jumu’ah , are an obligatory religious ritual in Qatar. Walking around on a Friday morning, Doha can feel like a ghost town as most people are busy attending mosque.

Restaurants, cafes and museums don’t open until 1pm or 2pm on Fridays . Two of the city’s most popular attractions, the Museum of Islamic Art and Souq Waqif, are both closed on Friday mornings. If your Qatar layover falls on a Friday, keep in mind that you’ll have to structure your itinerary around these restricted hours.

Also bear in mind that the Doha metro doesn’t start running until 2pm on Fridays.

6. There is a dress code when you visit Doha

Much like rules for couples, there seems to be tension between official policy and public consensus when it comes to the dress code in Doha.

From my observations, locals and expats in Doha tend to dress modestly in their daily life. Long, loose-fitting clothing seems to be the preferred style. As Qatar is a Muslim country, tourists are generally expected to cover their shoulders and knees at a minimum (although I did see a few short skirts and spaghetti tops on the street during my visit).

Showing too much skin in public places is frowned upon. Swimsuits are only allowed in hotel pool areas or on private beaches , and are forbidden on public beaches.

The rules are of course a lot stricter if you’re visiting a mosque or religious site . You won’t be permitted entry to a mosque unless you’re covered up and wearing a scarf over your hair (women). It surprised me to learn that you might be denied entry to the Museum of Islamic Art if your shoulders and knees aren’t covered. This is the only place I’m aware of that imposes such restrictions.

The dress code at the airport is more liberal, but I still recommend carrying a light cardigan and wearing long pants if you’re transiting through Doha and want to feel more comfortable.

The consequences for donning inappropriate attire range from awkward stares from locals through to be removed from a venue by security or even being fined by police. Dress codes are more strictly enforced during Ramadan. Needless to say, small towns and rural areas are more conservative, so you should always dress modestly outside Doha .

7. Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken

Being a former British protectorate, English is widely spoken in Qatar. Arabic is the nation’s official language for daily use, but when it comes to business, trade and official procedures, English is the go-to.

You’ll find that most Qataris speak English, especially those who work in tourism. We had no issues getting around with English only.

8. It’s perfectly safe to visit Doha as a (solo) woman

Provided you dress appropriately and avoid certain behaviours such as drinking in public (more on that later), Doha is a perfectly safe place for solo female travellers .

Crime rates are very low in Doha across the board, which is why it’s constantly ranked among the top 3 safest cities in the world . Streets are well-lit at night, and apart from the odd overexcited taxi driver, there’s not really a ‘hassle culture’ in Doha. You won’t be approached in the souq, for instance.

One thing you should be aware of is ‘men-only’ establishments – tea houses and restaurants that are closed off to Qatari ladies and foreign women alike (this should be pretty obvious if there’s only dudes around). Most public spaces are of course mixed, but some restaurants and cafes have special ‘family areas’ for women and children. The Doha metro has family carriages if you want to sit with other females.

Here are more tips for visiting Doha as a solo female traveller .

9. There are particular rules for couples

If you’re travelling to Qatar as a couple, there are particular local laws and social customs to be aware of.

Until recently, unmarried couples were prohibited from sharing a hotel room. This rule seems to have been relaxed in recent years, at least for foreign tourists. According to recent reports, it still applies to Qatari couples and expats living in the country.

This was our experience: We booked a hotel room in Doha under my husband’s name. Despite having different surnames in our passports, we weren’t asked to explain the nature of our relationship. We were married at the time (this was actually our honeymoon), so we weren’t particularly concerned – I had a copy of our marriage certificate ready to show if needed.

If this is something you’re worried about, try sticking to international hotel chains (for example, the InterContinental) or just email your accommodation in advance to double check the house policy.

Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar, but it’s not unusual for men (for example, business travellers) to share a hotel room. See here for more information and advice about queer travel in the Middle East .

Public displays of affection (including hand-holding) are illegal in Qatar.

Arched buildings in the souq in Doha.

10. Some hostels are single-gender

If you’re booking a hostel in Doha, make sure you check whether it’s gender-separated . Some hostels only offer men’s dorms (for example, Casper Hostel ), while T Ladies Hostel is female-only. To make things confusing, the policy isn’t always obvious at first.

Q Hostel offers both men’s and women’s dorms – but no hostel in Qatar offers mixed dorms. Couples, therefore, may be better off upgrading to a mid-range hotel.

A final note on accommodation in Doha: Airbnb is legal in Qatar and can be an affordable alternative to a hotel. You can find some beautiful self-contained apartments with sea views around The Pearl, and simpler private rooms near the souq.

11. Qatar is incredibly multicultural

Another thing that surprised me about Qatar is that 85.7% of the population is made up of expats . India, Bangladesh and Nepal are the top three countries represented.

As a visitor, you feel Qatar’s cultural diversity on several levels. Firstly, the plurality of faces on the street is obvious and gives Doha a cosmopolitan feel. Travellers also benefit from an incredibly rich food scene , including some great Indian and Yemeni restaurants.

But you can’t ignore the fact that many of these workers are low-paid (or unpaid) labourers . As far as I know, forced labour isn’t directly related to the tourism industry in Qatar, but it’s still something to keep in mind when you’re visiting Doha.

The ILO is a great resource for information on this topic.

12. Qatari culture is relatively accessible

Gulf nations like the United Arab Emirates are known for flashy developments and high-rise buildings. But Qatar is a little closer to Oman in terms of local culture. Downtown Doha is quite modern, but it’s clear that the government has gone to great lengths to ensure preservation of local culture in the architecture.

Despite the fact that it’s reconstructed, Souq Waqif still appears true to style. The Falcon Market is the perfect place to experience one of Qatar’s most beloved local customs, falconry. 

My advice is to skip the shiny shopping malls and stick to traditional markets.

13. Doha is home to one of the world’s most sustainable city districts

One of the first things that strikes you about Doha is how new and polished everything feels. There are grungy corners, yes – but for the most part, even the oldest parts of the city (including the souq) have been entirely reconstructed.

This has pros and cons. On the downside, Doha lacks the gritty charm and ‘rustic authenticity’ of Muscat , for example.

On the plus side, when you re-build a city from scratch, the only limit is your imagination. In the case of Msheireb, one of Doha’s oldest districts, planners envisaged a futuristic, sustainable city when they went about revitalising the area.

Msheireb Downtown combines traditional Qatari design with green technology. The district has the highest concentration of LEED-Certified buildings in the world . Streets are laid out to catch the Gulf breeze and shade walking routes and windows, limiting the need for air conditioning.

The whole area is solar powered and planted out with native flora. Massive underground car parks have been installed to limit traffic and encourage people to walk or cycle.

Pretty neat, huh?

A cup of tea on a red tablecloth.

14. Qatar is a tea-drinking nation

Skip the water, skip the booze: Grab a tea instead.

Tea is ubiquitous in Doha, and enjoying a cuppa or two (or three) at a local cafe or chai house is a must-do for every visitor. In the mornings, you can find groups of men sitting around playing dominoes and sipping short glasses of bubbly, brick-coloured karak tea .

Karak was introduced to Qatar by Indian and Pakistani expats in the 1950s. A version of Masala Chai, karak is a heady brew of tea, milk, sugar and spices boiled low and slow for maximum flavour. The traditional Qatari version contains only cardamom , but cinnamon, cloves or ginger may also be added.

A cup of karak typically costs 1-4 QAR depending on the establishment.

15. You should avoid drinking tap water (and alcohol)

Qatar isn’t a dry country, but alcohol is strictly regulated . Booze served in hotels is subject to a ‘sin tax’ and expensive as a result. If you’re serious about saving money, avoid drinking.

There is conflicting information online, but the general consensus is that you shouldn’t drink the tap water in Doha. Drinking fountains around mosques and on the Corniche should also be avoided, particularly if you have a sensitive stomach.

Apart from being a terrible blight on the environment, there are also concerns over imported bottled water in Qatar containing higher than normal levels of arsenic. The easiest solution is to carry a Steripen or LifeStraw and purify your own water .

16. It takes a ridiculously long time to cross the street

Walking around Doha can be a strange experience. First of all, pavements are usually deserted (especially in the middle of the day) as most people opt to drive.

One peculiarity we noticed is the time it takes to cross the street. Every intersection is fitted with lights and pedestrian crossings in a bid to control heavy traffic in the inner-city. These run on a ‘smart system’ that uses sensors to detect cars and direct flows.

As a result, it’s not uncommon to have to wait 10 minutes or more to cross the street in Doha. But wait you must – drivers are unpredictable, speeding is common, and jaywalkers face fines of up to $140.

A red and white street sign in Doha, Qatar.

17. There are construction sites everywhere!

Like many other Middle Eastern countries in the Gulf Region, parts of Qatar and especially Doha do feel like one big construction site.

New power plants, expressways, stadiums and apartment blocks are mushrooming in every corner of the city, and this does mean that some streets are dusty and noisy as a result. Take care when you’re walking around Doha, and if you’re a particularly light sleeper, it might be worth checking if your accommodation is close to a worksite.

18. Metro is the best way to get around

If you prefer not to walk, you can always take an Uber . But the most cost-effective way to move around Doha is using the city’s relatively new underground metro system.

Completed in May 2019, it’s one of the fastest driverless trains in the world. Departures are frequent, it’s very easy to navigate, and most major tourist attractions (including the Corniche, the museum and Katara Cultural Centre) have dedicated ultra-modern stations.

Best of all, a one-way metro fare costs just 2 QAR . Single tickets can be bought from machines inside the stations – no cards or top-ups necessary.

There are three metro lines: The north-south red line (handy for getting to Katara Cultural Village), and the east-west gold and blue lines. Running hours are still being negotiated, but at the time of writing, the metro runs from 6am until 11pm Saturday to Wednesday, from 6am until midnight on Thursdays, and from 2pm until midnight on Fridays.

In December 2019, the metro expanded to include a stop at Doha’s international airport , making this an efficient way to get into the city when you first arrive in Qatar.

19. You need a car to explore beyond the city

Public transport within Doha is efficient and affordable. But if you want to explore beyond the city centre, you’re going to need a car.

Here, you have two options: Either hire your own wheels and self-drive – the easiest way to explore on. your own terms – or join an accompanied tour . A day tour is the best way to go if you have limited time in Doha and you want to see something specific (such as the Inland Sea or Zakreet).

If you have more time and want the freedom to seek out far-flung sand dunes and coastal fishing villages, consider renting a car at Hamad International Airport . All major companies are represented. I suggest using Discover Cars to find the best price on a rental for your dates and requirements.

Qatar is a signatory of the United Nations convention and thus it is a legal requirement for all foreigners to present a valid International Driving Permit (IDP) when hiring a car. Driving in Qatar is fairly straightforward, but for safety reasons, it’s best to limit your driving to daylight hours.

Where to stay in Doha

We stayed at Saraya Corniche for 2 nights during our Doha stopover. Our room was comfortable but a little dated – however, we really loved the central location walking distance from the waterfront and souq.

If we had our time again, we would choose either the InterContinental or Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel . The latter is set right in the heart of the souq and features roomier, more luxe suites than Saraya.

If you’re on a shorter layover and you prefer to stay near the airport, Oryx Transit Hotel is the top choice.

What are your top Qatar travel tips? Leave your advice in the comments below.

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25 Places to Visit and Things to Do in Doha, Qatar – Is Doha Worth Visiting?

While planning my trip to Qatar, I can confess that I didn’t know much about the country and, particularly, what to do in Doha.

The city, located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, was founded in 1820. It was officially declared Qatar’s capital when the country gained independence after the termination of the treaties with Great Britain in 1971.

Nowadays Doha is a thriving city and home to over 2 million inhabitants, more people than the rest of Qatar combined.

Visiting Doha is totally worthwhile, particularly if you’re looking for a Middle East capital that offers an intriguing mix of modern wonders and ancient traditions to explore. I spent a week in Qatar and I was really surprised to discover that there are spectacular places to visit in Doha.

To help you plan your trip, I’ve compiled the 25 top things to do in Doha in this post. Whether you’re doing a layover or spending a few days in the city, you’ll find attractions to please every visitor.

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25 Best Things to Do in Doha, Qatar

1 – be in awe of the national museum of qatar.

There are five places to visit in Doha that you can’t miss ! The National Museum of Qatar is one of them.­

The 350m-long unparalleled museum, designed by Jean Nouvel, houses 11 striking galleries dedicated to the history of Qatar, from the formation of the peninsula, over 700 million years ago, to the current days.

What I liked most about the NMOQ, apart from its unique architecture, is that some of the galleries feature films that are projected at immense scale against the curving walls creating immersive experiences with unique spectacles of light, sound, and image.

The façade of the National Museum of Qatar, Doha, Qatar

The National Museum of Qatar has two cafes, and a fine restaurant serving Qatari cuisine and holds temporary exhibitions. It’s open daily from 9:00am to 7:00pm (on Fridays from 1:30pm to 7:00pm) and costs QAR 50 (US$ 14 – £13).

Visiting the NMOQ is one of the best things to do in Doha and I loved it! The “Your brain to me, my brain to you” exhibition, by the Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist, was the cherry on the cake.

Pericles Rosa surrounded by colorful hanging crystal during the Pipilotti Rist Exhibition at National Museum of Qatar, Doha

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2 – Discover the multicoloured Box Park

If you’ve been to London, you might be familiar with Box Park, a food and retail park made of shipping containers. But did you know that there’s a Box Park in Doha?

Box Park Qatar, situated near Doha Port, a 25-minute walk from the National Museum of Qatar, is filled with colourful and vibrant metal boxes that have been repurposed as shops, cafés, dining outlets and commercial spaces, with various food trucks nearby.

You can grab some snacks, do water sports (including jet skiing and diving), take a boat ride, and enjoy the scenic panoramic views. Not to mention taking Instagram-worthy pictures.

Pericles Rosa at Box Park Doha

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3 – Visit MIA Park & the Museum of Islamic Art

A 10-minute walk from Box Park will take you to MIA Park, the most beautiful green space along the Doha waterfront.

The park offers a wide range of family-friendly activities, including sports events, film screenings and art workshops. MIA Park is one of the best places for outdoor activities in Doha and you can rent bicycles, paddleboards, kayaks, go running, etc.

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Built on an artificial island connected to MIA Park is another Doha must-see attraction , the Museum of Islamic Art .

It houses one of the greatest collections of Islamic art in the world, including ceramics, glasses, manuscripts, metalwork, textiles, and more. The museum is open daily from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, (on Fridays from 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm).

Visiting MIA Park and the Museum of Islamic Art is one of the top things to do in Doha with family.

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4 – Stroll along the Al-Corniche

If you’re looking for things to do during a layover in Doha one of my top suggestions is the corniche.

The gorgeous 7-kilometre-long coastal palm-fringed promenade along Doha Bay is one of the most popular attractions in Qatar for tourists and locals alike.

Strolling through Doha Corniche you can get a good sense of the city. You can go sightseeing, watch the sunset, take pictures of the Pearl Monument, gaze at Doha’s modern skyline, take a Dhow boat cruise, etc.

Sunset at Al-Corniche, Doha, Qatar

5 – Take a Dhow Boat Cruise

While on the Corniche, why not take a boat ride on a dhow?

Dhows are traditional wooden sailboats historically used by merchants and fishermen. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about Qatar’s historical relationship with the sea, from pearl diving to fishing, and soak in the vista of the city skyline from the boat.

You can take a dhow cruise in the glowing dusk of the sunset or in the evening when the ultra-modern skyscrapers come alive with dancing lights. My recommendation is to book this cruise with a guide for a much richer experience.

Doha skyline in the evening

6 – Get lost at Souq Waqif

If you’re looking for places to visit in Doha where you can interact with the Qatari culture, Souq Waqif, the city’s oldest souq, is the best option.

Nestled in the heart of the city, this renovated Arabic marketplace housed in traditional Qatari-style buildings sells garments, tapestries, spices, beautifully intricate handcrafts, souvenirs, etc. It’s also home to art galleries, restaurants, cafés, and shisha loungers.

What I liked most about Souq Waqif, apart from its picturesque buildings, was that I had the chance to observe the Qatari way of life and see things that I had never seen before, such as the desert rose.

Two men wearing traditional costumes shopping at Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar

You can get lost easily in the maze-like corridors stuffed with dozens of tiny stores.

Souq Waqif is another place that you can’t miss , whether you’re doing a stopover or staying in the city for a few more days.

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7 – Learn about falconry

Falconry has been practised for over 4,000 years and is more than a social and recreational practice, it’s a living human heritage and a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity . 

The falcon is Qatar’s national bird, and it plays an important part in the Qatari culture. If you want to learn more about it while in Doha, you should visit the Falcon Souq, at the edge of Souq Waqif.

Inside the arcaded buildings, you’ll find majestic birds standing still on wooden perches, accessories, and hunting equipment. There’s even a Falcon hospital and public auctions during the high season (from October to March).

Falcons standing on wooden perches at Falcon Souq, Doha, Qatar

8 – Wander around Msheireb Downtown

Following a friend’s recommendation, I went to Msheireb Downtown, which is located near Souq Waqif.

This old commercial district, revamped with a new architectural concept, comprises more than 100 buildings. You can find entertainment venues, four hotels, lovely al fresco dining options, cafés, and the biggest open-air covered pedestrian square in the region.

If you’re into architecture or looking for a cool place to meet friends, Msheireb Downtown is the place to go.

Msheireb Downtown courtyard, Doha, Qatar

9 – Take a look at the Spiral Mosque

The Spiral Mosque, another place to check out in the souq areas, is one of Doha’s most famous landmarks and the tallest mosque in Qatar.

The mosque is part of the Qatar Islamic Cultural Center and is a replica of the Great Mosque of Samarra in Iraq. The Spiral Mosque is a popular Doha attraction as it allows entry for non-Muslins and has a sermon on Fridays in English.

The Spiral Mosque, Doha, Qatar

10 – Take a desert safari

Desert safari tours are very popular in Dubai, but also a bit touristy. I found the experience much better in Qatar!

You can ride a camel, go dune bashing, sandboarding, and the best, swim in the warm turquoise waters of the Inland Sea, a sea inlet of the Persian Gulf between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

I loved my Desert Safari Tour, and it was one of the highlights of my trip to Doha.

You can’t miss the opportunity to take a desert safari, as it’s one of the best things to do in Doha, Qatar.

Pericles Rosa on the dunes of the Desert in Doha, with the waters of the Inland Sea in the background

Book your desert safari tour on-line in advance.

  • The most popular desert safari tour is this one . I booked a private tour with some friends and you can watch the video here .
  • If you’re on a budget, this tour has good value for money.
  • If you prefer a luxury experience, in which you can use the facilities of a luxury beachfront resort, this is your tour.

11 – Go shopping at Galleries Lafayette

You might be familiar with Galleries Lafayette, an iconic Parisian luxury department store. But do you know that there’s one in Doha?

Oui oui mademoiselle and it’s outrageously stunning! The opulent buildings, the exquisite domes, the colourful Murano glass trees, and the AC in the outdoor area, all left me completely in awe.

The Galleries Lafayette Doha, located in the Katara Cultural Village, opened its doors in 2019. You can shop from over 400 high-quality brands, have a coffee at the French-style café and dine in one of its two top-notch restaurants.

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12 – Explore Katara Cultural Village

Located on the western coast between West Bay and The Pearl, Katara Cultural Village is a dazzling cultural hub and has been one of the most popular places to visit in Doha since it opened in 2010.

In this ‘ancient-like walled city’ you can admire the design of Katara Mosque, check out pieces of art, discover the classical Greek style amphitheatre, taste local flavours, explore Al Thuraya Planetarium, catch a performance at the Opera House, enjoy the nearby beach, and walk to Katara Hills.

Katara Mosque located in Katara Cultural Village, one of the best places to visit in Doha, Qatar

13 – Take in the scenic views from Katara Hills

When visiting Katara Village, don’t miss the opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the city from Katara Hills, one of the largest parks in Doha.

Situated just across the cultural village, it features a lush landscape with trees from different continents and beautiful gardens. It also has running paths, water streams, and restaurants.

Climb atop the hills, catch your breath, and take in the panoramic views of Doha, the sea, and beyond, especially as it is aglow at sunset. 

Two guys wearing tradional costumes seating on the grass and watching the sunset from Katara Hills, Doha

14 – Go to the beach

Featuring golden sand beaches with crystalline water, the beaches in Doha may not be on the tourist’s radar yet.

The best sandy beaches are in hotels or a short drive away. If you want to go to a public beach, Katara is the only centrally located. It’s public, but you must pay a small fee to get in (QAR 10/£ 2.40/US$ 2.75). A much better option is the Four Seasons Beach, where you can buy a day pass if you’re not a guest (QAR 295/£ 71/US$ 81).

If you’re driving, some beaches that are worth checking out include Al Wakrah, Sealine, and Inland Sea.

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15 – Go to a beach club

If you want to upgrade your beach experience in Doha, go to a beach club.

Some of the best beach clubs are Monkey Tale , La Mar, Kaia , Nammos and Sushisamba . They boast crystal-clear swimming pools, luxury cabanas, comfy loungers, and DJs, and offer a great selection of food and drinks to choose from.

Spending the day at a beach club is one of my favourite things to do in Doha. I went to Monkey Tale on a Friday afternoon and loved it. A DJ was playing and the vibe was awesome.

Pericles Rosa at Monkey Tale Beach Club in Doha, Qatar

16 – Stroll around The Pearl

The Pearl, Doha’s answer to Dubai’s Palm Island, is a man-made island, whose shape resembles a string of pearls, spanning approximately four million sqm. It’s one of the best free things in Doha and attracts over 15 million visitors yearly.

You can find a variety of charming restaurants and cafes, an iconic marina, cinemas, five-star hotels and luxury boutiques.

My recommendation is to go to the vibrant Medina Centrale , a town square inspired by the fascinating ambience of the Mediterranean, with a mixture of public plazas, gardens, terraces, canopies, and a piazza.

The Pearl Marina, Doha, Qatar

17 – Enjoy Doha nightlife

If you want to go partying, you might be surprised, like me, to find out that Doha has a bustling nightlife.

Before you hit the floor, you should know that most bars and clubs in Doha are restricted to five-star hotels as they have a liquor license to serve alcohol. They are open until 2:00 am.

Some of Doha’s best bars and clubs are: Aqua Lounge, Krossroads Clubs, Black Orchid , Oxygene Club, Sky View , and Vertigo .

Vertigo, Doha, Qatar

18 – Take your kid to Villagio Mall

Located within the Aspire Zone, Villagio is one of the most unique shopping centres not only in Doha but in the whole world.

The mall offers a large and diverse shopping experience and is home to many Western stores and restaurants. What’s special about Villagio is that it’s designed to look like Venice with blue sky ceilings, and bridges. There’s even a canal where you can take gondola rides.

If you’re travelling to Qatar with kids, you should take them to Villagio as it’s one of the best things to do in Doha for families. There are plenty of entertainment options, including a multiplex cinema, karts, and an ice rink. But the best is Gondolania, a theme park with rides, bowling, paintball, etc.

A man watiching some people riding a gondola at Villagio Mall, Doha, Qatar

20 – Renew your faith at Qatar State Grand Mosque

Imman Abdul Wahhab Mosque, aka Qatar State Grand Mosque, is the largest mosque in the country and can house over 30,000 worshipers.

This imposing sandstone mosque with a succession of graceful arches, 93 domes, earth-coloured marble floors, round chandeliers and a red carpet is open to all visitors, regardless of religion, during non-prayer times.

When visiting this mosque, remember to dress conservatively, covering your shoulders and knees. Women must wear a scarf to cover their heads. Even if you don’t get inside, it’s a great place to take photographs.

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21 – Visit the Arab Museum of Modern Art

Founded in 2011, MATHAF , the Arab Museum of Modern Art houses a unique collection of more than 9,000 modern and contemporary artworks from the Arab world and other regions that are historically and geographically connected to the Arab Peninsula, such as Iran, Turkey and India.

There are beautiful paintings, lovely and interesting sculptures, art installations, and more. The visit shouldn’t take more than 1h and it’s free of charge. Tickets must be booked in advance.

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22 – Explore Lusail City

Located about 23 km (14 mi) from Doha, Lusail is a planned coastal city full of attractions that have become a popular Qatar destination. It’s home to the Lusail Iconic Stadium, which hosted the 2022 FIFA World Cup final, and the Formula One race track.

If you want to go to Lusail, my suggestion is to spend half a day in this futuristic and ‘smart’ city. You can go for a stroll along the palm tree-lined Marina Promenade, grab something to eat or drink at Lusail Marina Food Arena, check out the unique-looking buildings, and then go to Place Vendôme.

Pericles Rosa wearing sunglasses, a hat and a salmon shirt posing for a picture at Lusail Marina Promenade, Qatar

23 – Discover Place Vendôme

One of the most common things to do in Qatar in the summer is to go to shopping malls. It’s the reason that during my visit I went to check out Place Vendôme .

This Parisian-inspired leisure, entertainment, and luxury retail hub features a canal running through the venue directly from the sea, two five-star hotels, as well as luxury apartments, restaurants, and coffee shops.

The gorgeous mall, inspired by classic French-style architecture, features four floors with a mix of 580 high-end and mid-range stores, food courts, restaurants, cafes, head-spinning domes, and a fantastic water fountain show.

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24 – Go Fine Dining

There isn’t a shortage of fine dining restaurants in the most populous city of Qatar! From Iranian to Persian and French to Chinese, you find cuisines to please every palate.

Most of Doha’s finest restaurants can be found in the city’s luxurious hotels, such as Spice Market (W Doha Hotels and Residences West Bay), Three Sixty (on the 47 th floor of the Torch), and Nobu Doha (Four Seasons Hotel).

Other excellent restaurants that are worth the money are Parisa (Souq Waqif), IDAM by Alain Ducasse (Museum Islamic of Art), and the lavish Yasmine Palace (The Pearl).

The interior of the Persian Restaurant Parisa in Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar

25 – Explore Qatar beyond Doha

If you want to discover other parts of Qatar while in Doha, my suggestion is to head to the North of the country or the West Coast.

Northern Qatar is famous for pearl diving and fishing and is known as the historical place of Qatar. During this half-day North of Qatar tour , you’ll visit many historical attractions and UNESCO sites including Al Zubara Fort, Purple Island and Barzan Towers.

If you choose this half-day West Coast tour , you’ll visit the fascinating ruins of Zekreet Fort, drive around Umbrella Rock Mountain and gaze in awe at a spectacular desert sculpture, by Richard Serra. In this one , you’ll also visit a camel racing track.

This is my list of the 25 best things to do in Doha and, if you find something else, let me know in the comments below, please.

I hope this post will help you plan your trip and that you’ll have a great time in Qatar.

Safe travels and have fun in Doha.

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Visiting Qatar: The Complete Guide (2024)

Doha Guides Team regularly reviews this article to ensure the content is up-to-date and accurate. The last editorial review and update were on 06 February 2024.

The State of Qatar offers experiences combining old and new, traditional and modern. The country’s tourism sector is undergoing rapid development with milestone achievements in various sectors.

Qatar is also an important business hub, particularly for its robust oil and gas industry. Many trade shows and business conferences take place in Doha throughout the year.

In 2019 Qatar witnessed a huge leap in visitor arrivals with 2.1 million visitors, a double-digit growth compared to 2018. This article explains the types of visas, when to visit, public transport, local attractions, and other important things to consider before visiting Qatar.

Visiting Qatar: Types of Visas

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Did You Know? Thanks to Qatar’s strategic location at the crossroads of East and West, 80% of the world’s population is within a 6-hour flight from Qatar, and more than two-thirds can enter Qatar visa-free.

Qatar offers several visa options for visitors. Here are the common types of visit visa options:

Female Tourist in Doha Qatar

Gateway to Qatar

Qatar is centrally located globally, close to Europe, Africa, and Asia. Flights from around the world touch down at Qatar’s Hamad International Airport daily, making Qatar the perfect place for layovers and visits.

Doha, the capital city of Qatar, is modern and rapidly developing, with much construction underway. It is home to most of the country’s best museums and examples of cultural heritage. 

Hamad International Airport

Qatar connects to various destinations worldwide, making it an extremely busy transit spot. In fact, Hamad International Airport (HIA) has fast become the global gateway for overseas travellers. Opened in April 2014, the state-of-the-art airport is conveniently located just south of Doha city.

HIA is certified as a 5 Star Airport by Skytrax and was ranked the Best Airport in the World at the 2021 and 2022 Skytrax World Airport Awards. The airport currently serves more than 30 million passengers annually and is undergoing further expansion to support more than 50 million.

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways, the award-winning national carrier, is certified as a 5-Star Airline for its airport and onboard product and staff service quality.

The Qatar Airways network connects Doha with more than 150 popular destinations worldwide, including most major cities throughout the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia & North, and South America.

Cruise tourism brings over 100 thousand visitors annually to Qatar, enabling them to enjoy the many landmarks that are mere minutes from Doha Port. The peak season runs from October to May, allowing visitors to enjoy the country’s pleasant winter weather during that time.

Qatar has two major seasons: Summer and Winter. May to September can be considered summer, while December to February is the cooler season. March to April and October to November are the transition months.

Summer temperatures are routinely 50°C during the day and often more than 40°C at night. It’s important to wear sunblock, cover yourself and drink plenty of water when going outside during the day.

During cooler months (December to February), the temperatures average between 14°C and 25°C on most days.

Since most of the attractions are within a couple of hours distance from Doha, you do not have to stay at different hotels during your Qatar vacation.

Doha has the presence of almost all major hotel chains in the world. You can choose from a range of Qatar hotels from TripAdvisor .

Doha’s city centre is just 15 minutes drive from the airport by car. To get from HIA to the city, you can take Airport Taxis available at Arrivals Terminal or request your hotel to arrange a private hotel transfer. It is possible to rent a car at the airport or at the hotels. An international driving license is required for visitors to drive in Qatar.

For travelling around the city, you can use the official taxi network called Karwa Taxi or pre-book a taxi using mobile apps like Uber or Careem . Even though Qatar has a network of public buses, they are not recommended for first-time visitors as their frequency is not guaranteed.

Another option would be to use the newly constructed Doha Metro. You can read our complete guide to Doha Metro here: Doha Metro Map, Stations, Timings, Ticket Prices

Doha Pearl Qatar

Qatar has a long list of interesting places to visit. Some of the more popular attractions include:

  • National Museum of Qatar
  • Museum of Islamic Art
  • Katara Cultural Village
  • The Pearl Qatar
  • Mall of Qatar, Place Vendome, and other shopping malls

You can see a comprehensive list of tourist places in Qatar here .

Since Qatar is an Islamic country, it is important to dress appropriately. Loose-fitting and modesty-covering clothing is the preferred style. Women are not required to wear the hijab or veil their heads in public.

Tourists are generally expected to cover their shoulders and knees at a minimum. Beachwear is acceptable at private beaches and swimming pools inside hotels.

The national currency of Qatar is the Qatari Riyal (QAR). One QAR is equivalent to 100 Dirhams. Qatar Banknotes are available in values of QAR 500, 200, 100, 50, 10, 5, and 1. Coins in circulation are 25 Dhs (QAR 0.25) and 50 Dhs (QAR 0.5).

Since Qatar Riyal is pegged to US Dollar, the value of USD 1 is around QAR 3.64. Banks and ATMs across the country take major international credit cards and debit cards.

  • Normally, the work week in Qatar is from Sunday to Thursday.
  • Government offices operate from 7 am to 2 pm.
  • Private offices operate from 8 am to 4 pm, or 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Shopping malls generally are open from 10 am to 10 pm and up to midnight on weekends.

Most shops and offices change their working hours during Ramadan . Visitors should refrain from eating and drinking in public, except in hotels, during the hours between sunrise and sunset.

Which is the best time to visit Qatar?

The best time to visit Qatar would be between December and February. During these months, the weather is cooler, and there are several outdoor events happening around the country,

Is it safe to visit Qatar?

Yes, Qatar is a very safe country to visit as the crime rates are low. Violent crimes, especially towards foreigners and women, are extremely rare.

Can you drink alcohol in Qatar?

Alcohol is regulated in Qatar, and it is prohibited to drink in public places. However, alcohol is available at licensed hotel restaurants and bars.

Is Qatar expensive to visit?

Qatar is a moderately expensive place to visit. Even though there is zero tax on products and services, accommodation and eating out can be expensive for tourists.

How many days would I need to visit Qatar?

Since most of the sightseeing in Qatar is based around Doha, you can see the major tourist attractions in three or four days.

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Hi, my query is after my passport renewal I need to update new passport number on my QID. How can I do it? Only my company PRO can do it or I can also do it?

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Is to possible to change or extend tourist visa to work visa.?

Hi Shibla, In some cases, if your work visa is approved, you may be allowed to change your visa type without leaving the country. There will be an additional fee. Note that this may not be possible in all cases.

Hello. We arrive in Qatar at DOH November 24 at 6 AM. Are we allowed to leave the airport and visit the area for 8-10 hours that day? Thank you in advance for your reply.

Hi Robert, Due to the World Cup, the visa-on-arrival service (or any kind of tourist visa) is unavailable during that period. As per the current rule, you need a Hayya Card to visit Qatar from 1 November, and it is only available for those with a match ticket. There is still five weeks to go before your travel date. So please check back after a few weeks in case the rules change.

Greetings. can you please send me a paper map of Doha? Thanks a lot! Have a nice day!

Hi Reuven, If you are in Qatar, you can buy a paper map from any book store or supermarket. If you are outside Qatar, you can buy on Amazon. Good day to you.

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The 14 BEST Things to Do in DOHA, Qatar [2024 Guide]

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From going on a high-adrenaline dune experience to enjoying panoramic views from the Doha Torch Tower, here is our list of the absolute best things to do in Doha.

A nation filled with fascinating culture, other-worldly landscapes and remarkable architecture, Qatar is a place that needs to be seen to be believed.

Located in the Persian Gulf, with its land bordering Saudi Arabia, Qatar is one of the seven Arab States.

Qatar is indeed a small country, but that doesn’t take away from its very diverse attractions, and a fast-growing tourism industry that is developing.

Tourist facilities are being created almost daily, especially in Doha, the capital city of the peninsula nation.

Proving that this destination is one of the world’s next big hot spots, Qatar will be hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will further increase the development of tourism.

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It is also one of the safest countries in the world for tourists and boasts the true wonders of hospitality that Arabs are so well known for.

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2) be amazed by the pearl qatar, 3) go on a sand dune adventure, 4) soak up the atmosphere along the doha corniche, 5) explore the al zubarah fort, 6) have a look at the vintage cars at sheikh faisal bin qassim al thani museum, 7) spend a day at the museum of islamic art, 8) visit the katara cultural village, 9) jump out of a plane over the city, 10) head to the top of the aspire tower, 11) learn about falconry at the falcon souq, 12) don’t miss the barzan towers, 13) admire the east-west/west-east artwork, 14) go shopping in the villaggio mall, the best things to do in doha.

Even though Qatar is a small country, there’s a rich variety of food, beaches and sand dunes and adventures.

And nowhere is this more evident than the capital city of Doha.

You can ride a camel in the morning, have brunch in a palace, sunbathe on some of the Gulf’s most luxurious beaches, buy art from a world-class gallery, then end the evening with a night of clubbing at some of the world’s most upscale nightclubs.

Qatar’s capital is developing at a very fast pace, and there is no shortage of awesome Doha attractions to enjoy.

Getting there is even easier now, with dozens of flight options landing in Doha from around the world. Check out the options on Wego .

If you wish to experience adventure, buzzing nightlife, culture or blissful relaxation, we have you covered with this ultimate list of things to do in Doha.

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.

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The Pearl Qatar is a man-made island just north of West Bay that became the epitome of luxury.

It’s one of the places to visit in Doha especially if you’re interested in seeing how the wealthy are living.

The yachts, high-end stores and villas in gated communities give you an interesting insight into how the upper class lives.

Even though it’s more on the expensive side, it proved to be a popular dining spot that hosts many restaurants, cafes and restaurants lined along its waterfront promenades cater to every taste.

If you have time book a boat cruise to Pearl island for a full experience.

Nicknamed the “Arabian Riviera”, the Pearl Qatar welcomes large numbers of tourists that flock each year to enjoy the haute cuisine, high-class entertainment and premium lifestyle.

If you want to stay on The Pearl you can book your stay on Wego .

Many of us have daydreamed about riding a camel and going on a desert safari. It’s one of those classic adventurer experiences, and amazingly this is one of the best things to do in Doha.

To truly enjoy nature at its finest and to experience the vast desert, jump into the dune bashing experience outside of the city.

Abandoning the dull tarmac for the adrenaline rush of the dunes, expect breathtaking scenery on a roller-coaster drive across the vast desert.

There are many various ways across the dunes. You can enjoy a smooth ride, or if you’re in for excitement, let your tour agent know that you would prefer to drive a fast and bumpy route.

Desert safaris will offer you a once in a lifetime experience. Walk through the pearly white beaches, and maybe even take a dip in the translucent waters of the Khor Al Udaid,

The best dune bashing tours will time it so when you start making the round trip back, you will be able to witness the spectacular sunset over Doha.

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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.

No trip to Doha is complete without a visit to the Al Zubarah Fort, located close to the town of Al Ruwais.

The Zubarah Fort is an iconic desert fort of Qatar. Its name was derived from the archaeological site of Al Zubarah town, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site .

The fort is immaculately preserved and is one of the best examples of 18th – 19th-century settlements in the regions.

In the past, it was ranked as one of the Gulf’s most important pearl diving and trading centres that were linked to the Indian Ocean, and it was considered a prosperous trading town – making it one of the places to visit in Doha.

Today the fort serves as a wonderful museum. On the ground floor, there’s a small exhibition about the fort and the surrounding area that should not be missed.

It is a very beautiful fort, even though it’s not actually very old. The fort is only an hour’s drive outside of Doha, but it’s definitively worth the visit.  

  • Address: Al Zubarah, Shamal
  • Opening hours: every day from 7:30 AM – 5 PM
  • Price: Free of charge

Art lovers might be wondering what to see in Doha, but the art scene there will pleasantly surprise you!

The Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum’s (the FBQ Museum for short) collection was a project born out of a passion for art and artefacts of an influential businessman, Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani.

The museum is segregated into four parts: Coins & Currency, Vehicles, Qatar Heritage and Islamic Art. It’s an impressive collection that took years to build up.

You can find items all the way back from the Jurassic period right through to modern-day history.

The most impressive part of the museum is the Sheikh’s astonishing car collection, that counts more than six hundred cars. All in perfect working condition!

For every car enthusiast, this is the most important exhibit, and you can spend hours marveling at vehicles spanning from trucks to convertibles, steam cars to limousines!

Make sure you book a tour ahead of time , as they often sell out.

  • Address: Al Samriya, 22km west of Doha, just beyond Mall Of Qatar
  • Opening hours: Monday – Thursday ( 9 AM – 4:30 PM), Friday (2 PM – 7 PM), Saturday (10 AM – 6 PM), Sunday (9 AM – 4 PM)
  • Price: 45 QR

The Museum of Islamic Art is considered to be the most important cultural landmark in Qatar, and rightfully so, as the museum presents Islamic art from three continents over a span of 1400 years.

Inside its walls, it keeps some of the oldest and most treasured artefacts from all over the Middle East.

Collections that have made the Museum of Islamic Art their home have come from places as fascinating as Turkey, Iran , Egypt and many more, all of them linked through their common Islamic history.

Spend a few hours here and you can see different types of artefacts, calligraphy, ceramics and a lot more.

Inside the museum, you can also attend a variety of art exhibitions with works from international and local artists.

Art lovers will attest that this museum is one of the great things to see in Doha!

If you’re interested in visiting some of Doha’s finest museums, book a tour with Get Your Guide.

  • Address: At one end of the 7 km long Corniche, a 15 minute drive from Hamad International Airport or within walking distance of Souq Waqif
  • Opening hours: Monday – Saturday from 9 AM – 7 PM, except Saturday from 1:30 PM – 7 PM
  • Price: 50 QR

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The Katara Cultural Village is also known as the Valley of Cultures and is the number one place to visit for all thespians, art and architecture enthusiasts, as well as for people passionate about learning other traditions.

The Valley of Cultures is supposed to imitate the Qatari culture via a large space that houses a whole host of activities.

Leaves no room for dwelling on what to do in Doha!

It includes an opera house, an amphitheatre, art galleries, heritage centres, various academic facilities and of course cafes, green areas, museum facilities and an information centre.

The large space was built to commemorate and celebrate not just the Qatari culture but also other civilizations and customs.

So if you wish to enjoy the epitome of Qatari traditional architecture, visit the Katara Cultural Village and enjoy the activities via concerts, exhibitions and other events.

You can book a 4-hour cultural tour where besides the Katara Cultural Village, you will visit also the spiral mosque, Souq Waqif, Museum of Islamic Art, Grand Mosque, Fanar and other notable landmarks.

This one is not for the faint-hearted, and might be one of the most adventurous things to do in Doha!

Jumping out of a plane is usually on everyone’s bucket list, so why not make your first jump high above the futuristic, modern city surrounded by a vast desert with epic views of the Persian Gulf?

Skydiving Qatar has a perfect safety record and their instructors are highly experienced. When you’re done with the museums and restaurants, strap a parachute to your back and head for the skies!

Skydiving Qatar

The Aspire Tower, otherwise known as The Torch Doha, is a 300-metre tall skyscraper hotel and is best known for being the symbol of the 15th Asian Games hosted by Qatar in 2006.

The tower is the tallest structure and building in Qatar and is without a doubt worth a visit for a number of reasons.

It is an architectural gem with its modern interiors, panoramic swimming pool on the 19th floor, and an amazing 360-degree rotating restaurant located at the very top to admire the gorgeous view of the city.

If you’re looking for things to do in Doha at night, eating at the rotating restaurant is a great one!

Don’t miss out on this Doha must see!

  • Address: Al Waab Street, 23833 (Aspire Zone complex)

In Qatar owning a falcon is a status symbol.

Currently, it is the richest country in the world per capita, and a visit to the city will open your eyes to countless expensive sports cars and world-class skyscrapers.

And behind all of these luxuries is a population of wealthy business people and their falcons.

A long time ago when Qatar was just a vast desert its people, the Bedouins, trained falcons for hunting prey. It’s an idea that has lived on.

The continued efforts to preserve falconry is because it’s a vital part of their history and culture. Falconry has even been listed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List for Middle Eastern culture.

In order to preserve the tradition of falconry, the government has been actively investing in the Falcon Souq.

At the Falcon Souq, there are dozens of shops that specialise in falcons.

If you’re lucky you will be able to witness their monthly auction where they judge the physical abilities of the falcons.

It’s quite a sight to behold.

  • Address : Al Souq St
  • Opening hours: every day except Saturday, from 7 AM – 6 PM

Skyscrapers

The Barzan towers were built in the late 1800s (renovated in 1910), and they were used as watchtowers over the West Bay to ward off the possibility of an Ottoman invasion.

Even though the local military had defeated the Ottomans years earlier, the generals still had reasons to be apprehensive, which is why they were constructed.

Over the years the towers have been used for another service – inspecting the new moon during the holy month of Ramadan for accuracy.

The Barzan Towers are a very well-maintained monument with a rich and interesting history, and definitely one of the best tourist attractions in Doha.

A visit to the towers is a great opportunity to see what life like was for the pearl divers and military in the bygone years.

You can enter the towers and climb the internal staircases to reach the top level and marvel at the stunning scenery all around you.

  • Address: Umm Salal Muhammed
  • Opening hours: 24 hrs, recommended time to visit from 2 PM – 7 PM

Out in the middle of the Qatari desert is a new sculpture created by Richard Serra , called the “East-West/West-East Artwork”.

Serra always aspired to take the art off the pedestal and into the street, and his latest work achieves that perfectly.

Isolated in the desert you can gaze at his mesmerising sculptures, the four steel plates that are firmly craned into the dunes.

This project spans the greatest area of any of Serra’s creations, and it’s a real must to venture out into the desert and experience it firsthand.

The Villagio Mall clearly stands out as something unique when compared to the other Doha shopping malls, and it is one of the most impressive architectural feats in Qatar with its stunning architecture, luxury brands and an exciting range of shopping, dining as well as entertainment options.

The mall is spectacularly designed with a creative ambience that makes you feel as if you’re somewhere in Venice.

The Villagio Mall is so big that it will take you a few hours to explore all of the shops, which range from normal retail to high-end luxury products.

It really is a perfect place for families too, as you can offer your kids a platitude of different activities such as ice skating, bowling and even a roller-coaster!

  • Address: Al Waab St
  • Opening hours: Monday (9 AM – 12 AM), Tuesday – Wednesday (9 AM – 10 PM), Thursday and Saturday (9 AM – 11 PM), Friday (9 AM – 11 AM, 12.30 PM – 11 PM)

That’s it for our list of the best things to do in Doha, Qatar. Have we missed anything? Did this list help you plan your trip? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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Hey Alesha,

I must say that you’ve written a great article on doha. Aside from visit, Doha is good city to buy gold comparatively cheaper rates as it is tax-free and the quality and originality is also better and pure.

Dear, Qatar is the most beautiful country in the world, and I adore it. Qatar is not only a great place to visit, but it is also a major economic hub. Many people enjoy visiting Qatar to learn about its rich culture and to see the wonderful places to feel pleasure and joy.

Im Steve and this place id Grout, I live in Yemen, but when the yemen government lets me leave occasionally i come here to sight see. I like it alot better here becauswe nobosies trying to steal my stuff.

Great article! We flew direct this past summer from JFK to Doha on Qatar Air as a layover to continue to Kenya. The extraordinary business class, gorgeous flight over the man made islands, beautiful city buildings and incredible airport alone were enough to make us want to go back to explore this amazing country. Can’t wait to go back and explore your recommendations. Thank you!

In September which outdoor places to go with the ,kids ?

Sorry we are not too sure. We don’t have children. Hope you find some great outdoor places for your family. All the best

I was there several times, it is nice city but what you can find in DUBAI is much more, .Dubai is more alive .

I live in Qatar, lived here since i was born, but you made my school project SO much easier! Now i have a list of things to do after corona too2020!!!

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Thank you so much. Glad we could help. Have a great trip in 2021. 🙂

Thanks so much! My trip was made by this blog. I strongly recommend doing everything mentioned here !!! totally worth it! 🙂

So glad you found the article helpful. Have a great trip. 🙂

wonderful post and i have much loved the part of jumping out of a plane. Incredible!

Glad you liked the article. 🙂

i wish i will oneday pay visit to this beautiful country.

We hope so too. Happy travels

Which form of transportation to get from Doha Airport to those tourist spot like in Villagio Mall and Al Subara and Banzan Towers.

When it’s middle east you need to get some beautiful henna done. That’s a part of the middle east culture.

Great tip. Thank you for your comment.

I also enjoyed these fabulous things in my these tours and have a joyful time with my buddies.

This trip is being thrown together at the last minute….Thank You so much! Your helpful info was a Godsend! Have a wonderful next trip!

Glad the article could help. Have a great time. 🙂

I liked it, but it would be even better if you had a few pictures of every place and destination under the title or in between the text. Cheers

Lots of interesting things to experience, especially the falconry.

This is just wonderful Blog, thanks for the great insight and tips. We really appreciate your effort! Keep up the awesome work!

Excellent blogging here, with real actual useful meat (data), written in a helpful and compelling way!

Thank you for your help, I’m trying to decide on 3 or 4 days in Qatar.

Hugs for your efforts!

Very useful information about Doha, especially “The Aspire Toweris”. I’d love to eat some traditional dishes at the 360 degrees rotating restaurants. What a view that would be! Thanks again to share some good information Natalia!

Thank you so much for reading. Glad you enjoyed the article.

Thanks so much for the information. God willing will be traveling to Doha this weekend and this is very helpful.

So awesome. We hope you have a lovely trip. 🙂

Great post, I love the part about the Barzan Towers. I’m definitely going to check this list out when we head to Qatar! Love how in depth it is.

I read the comments as well and you believe that 2-3 days is a good time. Do you think 4 days is too long?

Thanks for an awesome post!

Thanks for reading. That would be a great amount of time for Doha. Hope you have a great trip. 🙂

Love Doha Airport. My only real memory of Doha itself is paying nearly 14 USD for a beer. Could only find beer in a Western branded hotel. Had to present my passport and then take the elevator to the top floor bar. Needless to say, it was a one and done night.

Wow what an expensive beer. Definitely a one and done night with that price. Cheers for reading.

This is just wonderful Blog…and mean while there are many things to do in Doha-Qatar…Lovely blog thanks for sharing!

Thank you so much. 🙂

I haven’t been to Qatar yet but it’s definitely on my bucket list, Natalia. Seeing your stunning pictures of Doha whetted my appetite. How many days would you recommend staying n Doha to see all the highlights?

Hi Lydia, thank you for your comment. We think about 2 – 3 days. Have a great time. 🙂

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Looking for the best places to visit in Doha, Qatar? I’ve got you covered! This post will tackle all of the top things to do in Doha. From popular tourist attractions to meaningful cultural experiences, this guide on things to see in Doha won’t disappoint. Let’s dive in!

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Doha, Qatar is a force to be reckoned with.

Though much less known than it’s neighbor, Dubai , Doha deserves a spot on your travel bucket list. It is more quiet and understated, and that is exactly what makes it so special.

Qatar has a deep connection to its past and its traditions. This much is evident after spending even just one day in Doha .

The places you’ll visit and things you see will take your breath away. The beauty, the history, and the culture seem so evident hey are almost tangible.

Qatar is also one of the richest countries in the world. This means that Doha is well-designed and modern, and that visitors can feel safe exploring, even solo.

If you are a first time visitor to Qatar, or are returning back to explore more in depth, this guide of the best places to visit in Doha will help you out. Here you will find all the top things to see in this bustling capital city.

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The 31 Best Places to Visit in Doha, Qatar

From top cultural attractions to the arts to old souks and more, here are the best places to visit in Doha, Qatar.

Aromatic spices in Souq Waqif, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

1. Souq Waqif

First and foremost, you absolutely need to add Souq Waqif to your list. It is not only one of the best places to visit in Doha, but it is also where I recommend basing yourself during your visit.

⫸ The Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel will set you up in the middle of all the action. You will be within walking distance of all of Souq Waqif’s bustling stalls and shops, and have easy access tot he Metro. The hotel itself has luxe, well-designed rooms, fast free wifi, a swimming pool, and super helpful staff. I can’t recommend it enough! BOOK YOUR STAY HERE!

Souq Waqif is one of the most iconic places in Doha, known for its lively atmosphere and bustling energy. Many shops stay open until 11pm, so it is even alive and awake into the night.

The souq’s architecture is a rebuild after a fire destroyed part of the original souq on the same spot. Wander through the narrow alleyways and busy streets full of spice shops, souvenir stalls, tasty cafes, and authentic restaurants.

This trading site is where Bedouin’s used to meet in ancient times. And today, it’s still one of the most exciting things to see in Doha!

Hours: Saturday – Thursday: 8am – 12:30pm; 3pm – 10pm. Friday: 3pm – 10pm. Fees: None, unless you purchase goods!

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The Pigeon Towers, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

2. Pigeon Towers

The Pigeon Towers are stunning sand-colored columns found within the Katara Cultural Village.

These ancient structures, which were used for centuries to house pigeons, are a perfect example of Islamic architectural ingenuity. They were used by farmers to rise pigeons in order to collect their droppings for fertilizer, or for meat and eggs.

The towers are now an important part of Qatar’s cultural heritage. The towers are both beautiful and functional, with each one capable of accommodating thousands of pigeons. Read all about how to visit the Pigeon Towers here .

I couldn’t wait to see them strictly for their architectural beauty. I recommend visiting at sunrise or sunset for the best golden hour glow.

Pro Tip : If you prefer to take a tour, this tour in particular  stops at the Katara Cultural Village, where you can see the gorgeous Pigeon Towers as well as several of the sights below. It also features a traditional dhow boat cruise, too!  BOOK YOUR TOUR HERE!

Hours: 24 / 7 / 365 Fees: None.

Monica at the colorful Katara Mosque, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

3. Katara Mosque

The stunningly detailed tiles of the Katara Mosque are reason enough to head to Katara Cultural Village . It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Doha and frankly, one of the most beautiful mosques in the country.

Located directly next to the Pigeon Towers, this mosque was built in 2011. With its large blue dome, towering minarets and spacious interior, the Katara Mosque is a popular tourist attraction and a place for locals to come together for prayer.

Pro Tip: When visiting mosques in Doha, be sure to wear a  loose flowy kimono  to cover your shoulders, waist, and midriff. Keep a  sheer lightweight scarf  on hand for extra coverage (you’ll need to cover your head to enter mosques.)

Monica at the Golden Masjid, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

4. Gold Mosque

Tucked away in Katara’s maze of buildings is another mosque made of shimmering gold tiles. As the sun rises higher in the sky, the mosque seems to glow brighter and brighter!

Smaller than the Katara Mosque, this site is no less stunning. It is hands down one of the best places to see in Doha.

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Monica walking in front of the Katara Amphitheatre, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

5. Katara Amphitheatre

One of the highlights of Katara Village, the large amphitheatre is worth a visit. Even when no events are scheduled, visitors are welcome to stroll through the entrance and see the large open air theatre

The design is a blend of Islamic and classical Greek architecture all rolled into one, with the capacity to seat 5,000 people.

Built in 2008, the ampitheatre is centrally located in Katara Village. It hosts many of Doha’s world-class performances.

Hours: 24 / 7 / 365 except for ticketed shows. Fees: Free unless attending a performance.

6. Katara Cultural Village Cafes

One of the best aspects of visiting Katara Cultural Village is the plethora of tasty and trendy cafes on site.

Visit the popular ChacLate Cafe, where you can get fresh juice, Turkish Coffee, and treats like honeycake. Or, stop by my personal favorite breakfast spot, Chapati & Karak, where you can get cardamom spiced karak tea and chapati wraps with cheese or eggs or sweets.

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The blue water at Katara Beach, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

7. Katara Beach

If you love sand and sun, then you need to see the Arabian Sea while in Doha. Katara Beach is a quick and easy stroll from Katara Cultural Village, so it’s the perfect choice!

This stunning stretch of sand is perfect for relaxing with a book, swimming the bright blue waters, or just soaking up the sun on the warm, golden sand. This beach is the only public beach in Doha.

There are separate areas for men only, women only, and family visitors. And, you have plenty of water sports and rentals to choose from.

Katara Beach is a must-visit for anyone who is a mermaid at heart. Visit year round, but in the summer months, start early!

Pro Tip: If you prefer to stay near the beach, consider booking the  21 High Street Residence  as your accommodations. Right on Katara Beach, this chic hotel has a fitness center, fast wifi, free private parking, and more. Some units even have a balcony, for quiet mornings with a view. BOOK YOUR STAY HERE!

Hours: 10am – 11pm, though hours can vary on different beaches. Fees: QR 50 on weekends; QR 25 on weekdays.

The geometric design of the Museum of Islamic Art, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

8. Museum of Islamic Art

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is housed in a stunning cube-like geometric design right on the water. The architect I. M. Pei specified that the museum must be built on an artificial peninsula near the traditional dhow harbor.

Inside, MIA is even more incredible. It holds Islamic art from across three continents, including old manuscripts, intricate metalwork, colorful textiles, and much more.

The artifacts date from the 7th century through the 20th century, and this is one of the most complete collections of Islamic artifacts in the world. You can’t miss it!

Pro Tip: A ticket to the Museum of Islamic Art will cost only 50 QAR, which is less than $14 USD. If you book tickets online, you can also snag entry to four other museums or sites too. Book in advance here .

Hours: Saturday – Thursday: 9am – 7pm; Fridays: 1.30 – 7pm. Fees: QR 50.

The Islamic Cultural Center, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

9. Islamic Cultural Center

Across from Souq Waqif, you will likely notice a spiral shaped building towering up into the sky. This is the Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Centre, or, Fanar.

Fanar was once the largest mosque in Qatar. And while it still functions as a place for prayer, this building also hosts religious and educational activities, even for visitors.

Tourists can learn about the Qatari lifestyle and history as well as try local coffee. Etiquette and courses on the Islamic faith are also available. But hands down, my top recommendation is to visit during Friday prayers.

100% of the mosques I have visited, even the heavily touristic  Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque  in Abu Dhabi, are strictly closed to visitors during prayer times. And understandably so.

Here, even non-Muslim visitors can attend Friday prayers led in English to learn about this deep and moving tradition.

Hours: Visit. 7.30am – 10pm. The welcome desk is open 7.30am – 1.30pm and 4pm – 10pm. Fees: Dependent upon which activities you choose.

The intricate details on the National Museum of Qatar, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

10. National Museum of Qatar

One of the can’t-miss things to do in Doha is a visit to the National Museum of Qatar. The museum offers an immersive experience that takes visitors through the history of the region, from prehistoric times to the present day.

With interactive exhibits, stunning artwork, and informative displays, there is something for everyone at this world-class museum.

The architecture of the building itself is impressive, resembling a desert rose that blends seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. Whether you are a history buff or just like to learn, a visit to the national Museum of Qatar will not disappoint.

The rustic exterior of a shop at the Falcon Souq, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

11. Falcon Souq

The Falcon Souq is technically part of Souq Waqif, but it is set apart into an area of its own.

Get a fascinating look into an important part of Qatari culture and heritage here. As one of the most popular places to visit in Doha, the souq is home to a variety of different types of falcons, including the highly prized Peregrine Falcon.

The birds are highly revered in Qatar, as well as in other Gulf countries. The Falcon Souq is a place where locals can not only purchase falcons but also buy food and visit the pet hospital. Tourists can learn more about the history of falconry here, too.

Hours: 7am – 1pm; 5pm – 9:30pm daily. Fees: None.

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The State Grand Mosque under golden lights, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

12. State Grand Mosque

The State Grand Mosque in Doha is an icon of Qatar’s Islamic culture. The mosque is known for its beautiful architecture, elegant mosaics, intricate carvings, and magnificent chandeliers.

As one of the most visited places in Doha, it’s an excellent stop if you want to learn more about Islamic culture and religion. When visiting the mosque, it’s essential to dress modestly (check my Qatar packing list for details) and remove your shoes before entering

Allow ample time to wander through the mosque and enjoy its tranquil surroundings. The State Grand Mosque in Doha is undoubtedly a must-see attraction and not to be missed!

Hours: Saturday – Thursday: 9am and 7pm; Friday: 2pm until 7pm. Fees: None.

A traditional dhow boat on the blue Persian Gulf.

13. The Persian Gulf from a Dhow Boat

The first time I saw the Arabian Sea, I was shocked at how blue the waters were. I had always pictured the orange desert dunes when thinking of the Middle East, and it just hadn’t occurred to me that the water would be so pretty.

One of the best ways to see the water is from a traditional dhow boat . See the Doha skyline from the water after a tour of the souks, mosques, and sites of the city.

Pro Tip : Consider, this Doha tour  for your traditional dhow boat cruise. The tour also stops at the Katara Cultural Village, mentioned above, where you can see the gorgeous Pigeon Towers and Katara Mosque!  BOOK YOUR TOUR HERE!

The white Al Koot Fort, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

14. Al Koot Fort

If you’re on the way to the Falcon Souq, make sure to stop by the tall white Al Koot Fort, just a short walk away. Originally a police station and later a jail, it was rebuilt in the 1920s as a fort by Sheikh Abdullah Bin Jassim Al Thani.

Although the museum isn’t currently open, it’s definitely worth a quick visit while you’re in the area.

Hours: 24 / 7/ 365; note that the museum is currently closed. Fees: None.

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15. Arab Postal Stamp Museum

If you’re interested in Arab culture and history, you should definitely add the Arab Postal Stamp Museum to your list of places to visit. Located in the heart of Doha, at the Katara Cultural Village, the museum showcases an impressive collection of stamps from various Arab countries.

The stamps depict a wide array of themes, from historical figures to natural wonders in the Arab world. One of the highlights of the museum is the section dedicated to Qatar’s postal history, which gives visitors a glimpse into the country’s development over the years.

Check out the interactive exhibits and browse the museum shop, where you can purchase unique souvenirs and postcards featuring some of the stamps on display.

Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 9am and 7pm; Friday: 3:30pm until 9pm; Saturday: 9am-12pm and 5pm – 8pm. Fees: None.

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The Pearl Doha from above, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

16. The Pearl Qatar

The Pearl Qatar in Doha is a man-made island and one of the most luxurious areas of the city. Attention shoppers out there – this is a spot you will likely enjoy!

The Pearl has everything from a luxurious shopping experience, to world-class dining options, to breathtaking views of the Persian Gulf. Visitors will find plenty of high-end boutiques, ranging from internationally recognized brands to local designers.

The Pearl also has a range of restaurants and cafes that serve delicious international dishes, so save room for lunch or dinner.

Pro Tip: There is free parking available at the entrance of the island, making it easy to explore on foot. If you would rather visit as part of a tour, check out this guided tour option .

The Corniche, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

17. Doha Corniche

Doha’s Corniche is a picturesque waterfront promenade with stunning views of the city skyline and the Arabian Gulf. It stretches for seven kilometers and offers visitors plenty of opportunities to indulge in leisurely walks, bike rides, and picnics with family and friends.

Enjoy the scenic views, take in the local culture, and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The best time to visit the Corniche is in the early morning or late afternoon when temperatures are milder, and the crowds are less dense. It is a beautiful place to get a bit of exercise on your trip.

The Pearl Monument, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

18. The Pearl Monument

While walking the Corniche, keep your eyes peeled for The Pearl – a large monument honoring Doha’s history as a pearl farming nation.

The large monument features a shimmering pearl inside an oyster. Visitors can stroll through the nearby park or take a boat ride along the nearby canal to admire the monument from afar.

My top tip for visiting the Pearl Monument is to go during sunset when the surrounding sky paints a beautiful backdrop against the gleaming exterior.

Bright green grass at Aspire Park, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

19. Aspire Park

Aspire Park is a must-see attraction when visiting Doha – and it is a far cry from what you’d expect to see in a desert nation. The lush green park, located in the heart of the city, is an oasis of tranquility and relaxation.

Aspire Park is renowned for its fountains, lakes, jogging tracks, and green grass. Aspire Park is also home to the famous Torch Doha Hotel, which offers breathtaking views of the park from its exclusive restaurant on the 47th floor.

When visiting, feel free to bring a picnic blanket and some food if the temperature is right, as there are plenty of picnic spots to enjoy throughout the park.

Hours: 7am – 11pm. Fees: None.

20. Khalifa International Stadium

Sports fans in Doha should make it a point to stop and visit the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar. It is the tallest freestanding structure in the country and can accommodate up to 50,000 people!

This modern stadium was built for the 2006 Asian Games and has now hosted numerous international sporting events, including the IAAF World Athletics Championship and the AFC Asian Cup.

If you’re planning on visiting Doha and are interested in sports or architecture, the Khalifa International Stadium is a must-see.

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21. Mall Of Qatar

Similar to Dubai , though somewhat less extravagant, Doha has plenty of luxury shopping opportunities. The Mall of Qatar is a state-of-the-art shopping with over 500 stores.

Expect high-end designer brands, department stores, and popular fashion retailers. In addition to shopping, the mall also offers a variety of entertainment options such as a theme park, indoor skating rink, and movie theatre.

Though I am not a big shopper myself, I have to admit that this is a great escape from the heat if you visit Qatar in the summer.

Hours: Sunday – Wednesday: 10am – 10pm; Thursday – Friday: 10am – 12am; Saturday: 10am – 11pm. (Restaurants are closed for Friday prayers from 11:30am – 1pm.)

Fees: None.

The giant gold Le Pouce sculpture, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

22. Le Pouce Sculpture

When you’re walking is Souq Waqif, you are more than likely to come across the giant gold thumb sculpture called Le Pouce . Created by the famous French sculptor César Baldaccini, this masterpiece towers over visitors.

It is definitely worth a quick stop as you stroll the souq!

Colorful Lanterns at the Souq Waqif Art Center, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

23. Souq Waqif Art Center

Tucked down the same walkable street as Le Pouce is the Souq Waqif Art Center. It is a fun spot to visit and is especially vibrant at night, due to the bright and colorful lanterns found here.

Inside, you can stroll the gallery with rotating exhibitions to see what is on view. Or, watch painters creating masterpieces in real time. Pop into each small room to see what treasures you can find.

Hours: Saturday – Thursday: 8am – 2pm and 4pm – 10pm. Friday: 4pm – 10pm. Fees: None.

24. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Another of the art-filled places to visit in Doha is the Arab Museum of Modern Art.

Located in the Education City, the museum houses an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art from the Arab world and beyond. From paintings and sculptures to installations and multimedia installations, the exhibits provide a thought-provoking cultural experience.

Pro Tip: The museum also offers guided tours and art workshops for anyone looking to enhance their experience.

Hours: Saturday – Thursday: 9am – 7pm; Fridays: 1.30pm – 7pm. Fees: None.

25. Qatar National Library

The Qatar National Library in Doha was designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, and holds over one million books, as well as a state-of-the-art children’s library, too.

This Library preserves heritage texts holding historical significance to Arab-Islamic Civilization and gives free access to Qatari citizens.

Operating hours are 8am-8pm. For a more in-depth and educational experience, consider attending a lecture or taking a tour. Trust us, it’s worth it!

Pro Tip: The Qatar national Library is around a 15 minutes drive from the Souq Waqif area. Visitors can take an Uber or a taxi – just make sure to read my taxi safety tips first!

Hours: Saturday – Thursday: 8am – 8pm; Fridays: 4pm – 8pm. Fees: None.

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The sand colored Barzan Towers, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

26. Barzan Towers

The Barzan Towers are undoubtedly one of the most intriguing places to visit in Doha. These watchtowers date back to the 19th century and were used to protect the city from invasion and alert the nearby army.

Their unique architecture and historical significance make them offer a glimpse into the region’s past. The towers offer stunning views of the surrounding area and make for an excellent photo opportunity, so don’t forget your camera .

Hours: 8am -12:30am. Fees: None.

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27. Omani Market

The Omani Market is exactly what you’d expect it to be – a market where traditional Omani style items are sold. This includes jewelry, textiles, pottery, antiques, and spices.

The market is located in the heart of the city, near other popular places to visit in Doha, such as the Museum of Islamic Art and Souq Waqif.

To make the most of your visit, come prepared to bargain for prices and take your time exploring all the different stalls.

Hours: 7am -8pm. Fees: None.

The vibrant colors at MIA Park, one of the best Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar.

28. MIA Park

The MIA Park is a large, stunning coastal green space located close to the Museum of Islamic Art.

Enjoy the multiple art installations, the playground, and the great views of the Doha skyline.

Pro Tip: MIA Park is open 24 hours each day. Plan to arrive either in the early morning or close to sunset to avoid the intense midday heat. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen , a wide brim hat , and plenty of water!

29. Doha Festival City

Doha Festival City is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in luxury shopping and entertainment. This indoor mall is the largest in Qatar and holds more than 500 international and local brands.

Aside from shopping, there is a world-class indoor theme park here, an Angry Birds World, and a variety of dining options to choose from.

Hours: Sunday – Wednesday: 10am – 10pm. Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 11pm. Fees: Varies depending on what activities you choose.

30. Villaggio Mall

The Villagio Mall is another of the best places in Doha for shoppers. It has over 200 stores to choose from, plenty of cafes and restaurants, and beautiful architecture to boot.

When visiting the mall, be sure to keep an eye out for the Gondolania Theme Park, complete with an indoor canal and gondola rides.

Pro Tip: The mall has a dress code. Females, be sure to wear your flowy kimono or long maxi skirt here. Shoulders and knees should be covered!

Hours: Sunday – Wednesday: – 9am – 10pm. Saturday & Thursday: 9am -11pm. Friday: 1pm – 11pm. Fees: None unless you make purchases.

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31. 974 Beach

Since Doha overlooks the Persian Gulf, it should be no surprise that there are some excellent beaches here. 974 is one of the best.

This beach is one of the most picturesque locations in the city. It’s the perfect place to soak up the sun, take a stroll or a dip, or get active. Try your hand at beach volleyball, kayaking, or paddleboarding.

For me, the most interesting thing about 974 Beach is the presence of a colorful, towering art installation by Ugo Rondinone. Creator of the famous Seven Magic Mountains , Rondinone created a similar installation for Doha here.

Don’t miss these tall colorful rocks if you are a fan of the Las Vegas artwork! This was one of my favorite places to visit in Doha particularly because of them!

Where Exactly Is Doha, Qatar?

Doha is the capital of Qatar. It is located on the east coast of the country and borders the Arabian Sea. It is directly west from  United Arab Emirates .

Where To Stay in Doha

I highly recommend staying in one of two main areas within Doha. My favorite is near Souq Waqif, and my second favorite is near Katara Cultural Village .

The red and orange warm colored blankets in the Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel, the best place to stay on A One Day in Doha Itinerary.

1. Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel

Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel  is my top pick for any first time visitor to Doha. You’ll be right in the center of the souk and within walking distance of many of the places to visit in Doha, listed above. This hotel is also within easy walking distance of the metro.

The hotel rooms here are clean, colorful, and comfortable. The staff was incredibly helpful during my stay, and the hotel has amenities like a pool, fast wifi, and meal options if you like.

BOOK SOUQ WAQIF BOUTIQUE HOTEL NOW!

2. Saraya Corniche

My second choice is the  Saraya Corniche , which offers easy access to the corniche waterfront as well as being walkable from the Souq Waqif area. The rooms are a bit less luxurious than my top choice, but this hotel does the trick.

Breakfast and dinner buffets feature Arabic and Indian food, and many rooms have great views of the Corniche or the Doha skyline. Check out the fitness center, pool, and restaurant / bar on site.

BOOK THE SARAYA CORNICHE NOW!

3. The 21 High Street Residence

For my beachgoers out there, the  21 High Street Residence  might just be for you.

Located on Katara Beach, this chic hotel is literally steps from the water. It has a fitness center, free private parking, room service, and more. Some units also have a balcony, so you can drink in that sunshine all day long.

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Pro Tip: If you’re visiting on a short layover , then the  Oryx Transit Hotel  might be for you. This hotel provides easy access to and from the airport terminals.

I hope that this list of the best places to visit in Doha has given you some ideas on what you can’t miss in this city. Doha has a lot to offer.

Let me know below, which site are you most excited to see?

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Doha, Qatar: A Complete Travel Guide [2024]

By: Author Stefania Guglielmi

Posted on Last updated: February 9, 2024

Categories Middle East , Qatar

Are you planning to visit Doha, Qatar this year? That’s exciting! Make sure you’re prepared for your trip by learning what things to avoid in the country, where to eat, and what places to visit!

Doha is the scenic and very vibrant capital of Qatar . Home to over 2 million inhabitants, it welcomes about the same amount of people every year to showcase its striking attractions , fabulous views, and rich culture and heritage. 

Located by the Persian Gulf, there are lovely beaches in Doha and it’s a perfect base for any trip to Qatar , as you could visit the rest of the country on easy day trips from here. 

Image of the skyline of Doga inserted in  a Doha, Qatar, travel guide.

Before you visit Doha, Qatar, read this travel guide to discover all you need to know for your trip .

From the best Doha hotels, to where to go on a day trip, and customs you should take into consideration to avoid getting into trouble – you’ll find it all right here. Check it out!

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6 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE VISITING DOHA, QATAR

Doha’s tourism has increased over the years ; it’s also home to countless expats from all over the world and considered a very modern city – it also is, however, the capital city of an Islamic country , with different customs and traditions to that of most western countries. For this reason, there are some things you should know before visiting .

#1: Drinking Alcohol

You can buy and drink alcohol in Doha , as long as you’re at a licensed restaurant, bar, or hotel, or are carrying a bottle from the supermarket to your accommodation. However, you are not allowed to drink alcohol (or even less, be intoxicated) in public : it’s considered a crime and will be punished as such .

#2: Dress Code

Being an Islamic country, there are some things to consider when it comes to clothing . There is no dress code as such for tourists in Qatar, but it’s advised to dress conservatively out of respect for the culture . You may also be prevented from entering certain landmarks if your clothes are considered inappropriate. 

For starters, knees and shoulders should always be covered when in public . This means no tank tops or shorts for either men or women. Women should also avoid translucid and skimpy clothes, and they may have to cover their heads for entering mosques.

#3: Public Displays of Affection

Public displays of affection should be avoided in Doha , or you could get into trouble! Even if you’re traveling with your partner or husband/wife, kissing in public is a grave offense , and while you could get away with holding hands in Doha, that very innocent act is frowned upon in certain places of Qatar. 

Therefore, it’s better to restrain from any displays of affection while you’re in public to be on the safe side and avoid a nasty situation. 

#4: Summer Heat

The high season for tourism is actually in the winter , from December to February . While you’ll find much better prices and deals during Qatar’s low season, the summer temperatures in the city can be hot . From June to August, the average temperature varies between 95 and 113F (35 – 45° Celsius) during the day.  

#5: Taking Photographs

Photographing local people, as well as some religious and military buildings is prohibited, and can be punished with arrest . You should be fine in most touristic places, but if any scene seems sensitive or you’re in doubt, it’s better not to photograph it or to ask for permission. 

This also extends to posting material that insults or appears insensitive to the culture of the country! 

#6: What You Shouldn’t Bring 

All luggage is scanned at Doha’s airport , and while it’s unlikely you’d be taking any of these prohibited items with you (hopefully!) it’s worth mentioning them. It is illegal to import drugs and alcohol into Qatar , as well as any pork product and religious material and books – of any religion.

HOW TO MOVE AROUND DOHA, QATAR

▶️ To get from Doha Qatar airport to the city center, you can book a private transfer in advance . Your driver will be waiting for you upon arrival, and take you directly to your hotel in a hassle free manner, so you don’t have to queue for a taxi or carry your bags around. ➥ BOOK IT HERE  

▶️ To move around the city of Doha , one of the best means of transport is the metro . It operates daily from 6 AM to 11 PM and connects most areas of the city. There are three lines: The Red , the Green , and the Gold lines, although you’ll probably use the Red Line the most to access Doha’s main landmarks.

▶️ A more comfortable alternative, however, especially if you want to arrive at the attractions’ entrances and avoid walking from the station, is taking a taxi . It’s very safe to get one directly on the street, but you can also use the Careem app to call them . 

▶️ Uber works very good in Doha as well , or else you could rent a car , which will be very practical if you plan on taking day trips from the city. 

BEST DOHA TOURS FOR FIRST TIMERS

A great way to discover which are the best places to visit in Doha and be introduced to the city’s history and culture is by joining a comprehensive tour. Below are the best options for first-time visitors, so that you can explore the city’s highlights and get a glimpse of what your time in Doha will look like.

👉 For more ideas, check out this comprehensive list of Doha tours .

➤ The Full-Day Combo Tour includes an exploration of the city and also a trip to the desert. You’ll visit the traditional Souq Waqif, the Katara Cultural Village, the iconic Pearl-Qatar, and also drive along the beautiful Corniche before heading into the desert for some dune bashing and magnificent views. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

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➤ The Private 4 Hours City Tour takes you and your group around Doha’s main attractions. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the city from your guide’s commentary, enjoy photo stops, and get to browse Souq Waqif stalls and Pearl-Qatar’s exclusive shops. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

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BEST THINGS TO DO IN DOHA

Stroll down the corniche.

Image of the corniche in Doha, Qatar - a must when visiting Doha.

Doha Corniche is a 4.3-mile (7 km) promenade along the bay , offering beautiful views of the water on one side, and plenty of attractions, shops, and cafés on the other. 

It’s a great spot to go for a stroll, either during the day or at night (I’d say try both!), and you’ll also get to check out the Pearl Monument and the viewpoint facing the bay. Arguably the best Doha sightseeing can be enjoyed at the Corniche, so don’t miss it!  

Get Lost in Souq Waqif

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Souq Waqif is one of the most iconic places to visit in Doha . Formerly a traditional market where livestock and spices were exchanged, nowadays it boasts a great number of stalls and shops selling everything from souvenirs to homeware , food, and textiles. 

This very bustling souk also grants you the opportunity of meeting falcons from up close , as well as to interact with the Arab horses and camels at the stables, learn about Qatari art, and sampe some local delicacies. 

Go on a Desert Safari

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South of Doha is Qatar’s largest desert , where you can enjoy activities such as dune bashing, camel riding, shisha smoking at a desert camp, and sandboarding. Going on a desert safari from Doha , therefore, is pretty much a must when in the city!  

Depending on the tour you choose you’ll also get to visit the Inland Sea, right on the border between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which provides a magnificent natural spectacle. 

➤ The Private Half-Day Desert Safari takes you to the vast dunes of the Qatari desert, where you’ll get to ride a camel, go dune bashing and sandboarding, and enjoy a photo stop at the magnificent Inland Sea. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ The Sunset Desert Safari offers spectacular scenery for your desert adventures, which include sandboarding, dune bashing, and camel riding. You’ll also get to visit the Inland Sea, which divides Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and watch the sun set behind the sand dunes. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Visit the Doha Museums

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Qatar is a country with a very rich and interesting history , spanning from the early days when its main source of income came from pearl diving to the oil boom and the fast development of the futuristic cities you see today. Spending some time in the astounding Doha museums is very recommended to understand the city and country better. 

The National Museum of Qatar is impressive from the very moment you set eyes on it, as the building is inspired in, and resembles, a desert rose. Here you’ll get to immerse in Qatar’s heritage and culture, gaining insights into its past and enjoying the exhibitions on display. 

You also shouldn’t miss the Museum of Islamic Art , which showcases more than a thousand years of Islamic art from a wide variety of countries. 

Go Shopping at The Pearl

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The Pearl-Qatar is a high-end destination and residential area built on a man-made island . It’s considered a shopping paradise for the number of luxurious brands you’ll be able to buy, that go from Armani to Stella McCartney and Hermes , and it’s mainly visited for this purpose.  

The Pearl also features waterfront cafés and eateries and charming neighborhoods to explore. The highlight for insta-pictures? The Venetian Bridge ! 

👉 These are the most famous attractions, but this is certainly not a comprehensive guide to all you can do in Doha. Check out my post about the best things to do in Doha for more ideas and inspiration!

BEST DAY TRIPS FROM DOHA

Doha might be the main destination when it comes to Qatar tourism, but there’s so much more to see beyond the city! That’s why one of the best activities in Doha is actually going on a day trip and discovering some of the best places to visit in Qatar .

Find the ultimate day trips from Doha below.

Explore Al Khor Island

Al Khor Island is a very lush location , featuring mangroves where you can kayak, hiking trails, fishing spots, and a wide variety of wildlife that made it a particularly famous attraction among birdwatching fans. 

It’s an ideal day trip destination for nature lovers, especially for those looking to escape the city’s hustle and bustle for a while.

➤ The Private North of Qatar Tour includes a visit to the beautiful island, as well as to some other iconic landmarks of the region. The historic Al Zubara Fort and the Al Thakhira Beach are among the places you’ll get to explore with your knowledgeable guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Visit West Qatar 

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The west of Qatar is a vast and relatively arid place with the most magnificent natural sculptures, caves, and attractions. The Ras Abrouq Rock Formations , which are mushroom-shaped rocks eroded by the wind and the sand over millions of years, are a must-visit in the area! Here you’ll also get to see the very interesting 18th-century Zekreet Fort .

Other picturesque attractions in West Qatar are Film City , a movie set built as a traditional Qatari village, and the West/East , East/West sculptures in the desert.   

➤ The Qatar West Coast Tour is a half-day trip to the area’s most popular attractions, including Richard Serra’s sculpture, the astounding mushroom-shaped rock formations, Zekreet Fort, and Film City, with a brief stop at the Al Shahniya Race Track to see the camels train. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

See a Camel Race 

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Camel racing is Qatar’s most popular sport , but you’ll be surprised to learn that it’s not human jockeys riding the camels, but robots!

The races take place in Al Shahniya Race Track every week during the high season, and it’s a very lively and atmospheric event you shouldn’t miss. Attending a race is indeed one of the best things to do in Qatar .

➤ The Half-Day Camel Race Tour takes you behind the scenes, so you can meet the camels before the race. You’ll then enjoy it the way locals do: driving along the road parallel to the race track until the finish line! ➥ BOOK IT HERE

WHERE TO EAT IN DOHA

Qatar has many culinary delights to offer, and you’ll find it very easy to sample the traditional dishes while in Doha .

Some of the most iconic items of Qatari cuisine include balaleet , which features a combination of sweet and savory flavors, the heavily-spiced thareed , luqaimat for dessert, and Qatar’s national dish, machboos .

Shay Al Shoomos 

For traditional Qatari food, look no further than Shay Al Shoomos . Owned and run by a local lady, this restaurant is situated in the popular Souq Waqif, and serves all the staple dishes of the country. From the controversial balaleet to machboos, which is considered the national dish, and authentic breakfast options, this is a must-stop when visiting Doha.  

Address : Souq Waqif Opening Hours : Monday to Thursday from 7.30 AM to 1 PM, and from 6.30 PM to 10 PM. Friday from 7.30 AM to 11.30 AM

Evergreen Organics

Evergreen Organics is a 100% vegan healthy cafe , and has a large selection of hearty breakfasts to start the day energized. It also has lunch and dinner items , and while fresh fruit juices and smoothies are their most popular drink, you can also get your favorite coffee with plant-based milk to pair with your pancakes.  

Address : The Gate Mall, Ground Floor Pearl-Qatar Branch : Palazzio 1, Qanat Quartier Opening Hours : Saturday to Thursday from 7 AM to 11 PM, Friday from 7 AM to 11.30 AM and from 12.30 PM to 11 PM

SMAT Restaurant

SMAT is located in the iconic Doha Corniche, and specializes in Arabic cuisine with a modern twist . It’s one of the most popular places to have breakfast in Doha, and it’s renowned for the incredible aesthetics of every dish . 

Address : Corniche Road Opening Hours : Daily from 8 AM to 12 AM 

Parisa Souq Wakif

This Persian restaurant boasts a very impressive and opulent interior decor , and specializes in Persian and Middle Eastern cuisine. It’s vegetarian-friendly, and its dishes are substantial and beautifully presented. 

Address : Al Souq Street Opening Hours : Daily from 1 PM to 10.30 PM

👉 Not what you’re looking for? No worries, you won’t go hungry in Doha. Check out a few more incredible restaurants in Doha that should be on your itinerary.

WHERE TO STAY IN DOHA

Now that you know all the places you have to visit, and in which restaurants to enjoy dinner, is time to answer one vital question: what’s the best area to find your accommodation in Doha? 

The best location in the city to visit its main locations, make use of transportation, and go on day trips is the West Bay Area . 

Spanning from the Corniche to the West Bay Lagoon, this area encompasses many attractions , like the Doha Tower , the mall , and the Katara Cultural Village . It’s a very luxurious part of the city, mainly considered a business area but featuring plenty of hotels, restaurants, and shopping opportunities . 

These are some the best hotels in Doha, Qatar – all of them situated in the West Bay Area: 

LUXURY : Mondrian Doha – This 5-star hotel has very elegant decor, and features ample rooms with seating areas, an outdoor swimming pool, a spa and fitness center, and 4 restaurants.

MID-RANGE : Marriott Executive Apartments City Center Doha – This hotel offers fully-equipped studios and apartments with a kitchenette and seating area, 2 swimming pools, a fitness center with sauna, and room service. 

ON A BUDGET : Millennium Central Doha – Featuring spacious rooms with a fully-equipped bathroom, seating area, and coffee/tea making facilities, this hotel also has a swimming pool, a fitness center, a spa, and 2 restaurants on-site.  

👉 If you’re looking to be right by the ocean, check out this list of the best beach hotels in Doha as well.

IS DOHA SAFE?

Doha is a very safe city . In fact, it was ranked the world’s second safest city in 2020 and has a very low crime rate. 

It’s also considered a safe destination for women , even if they’re traveling solo, and while common sense and precaution are advised (as in any place in the world!), you should have no issue at all traveling through Qatar, especially in its capital city.  

VISIT DOHA, QATAR: FAQ

Doha is a very picturesque city, and the perfect place to visit to immerse yourself in Qatar’s culture and heritage. Featuring sandy beaches, astounding views of the bay, and plenty of attractions, you should definitely spend some time in Doha while in the country!  

You should restrain from public displays of affection, and also avoid drinking in public, which is considered a crime in Qatar. Dressing conservatively is also highly recommended to avoid any trouble. 

3 to 4 days in Doha should be enough to explore the main sights, relax at the beach, and even go on a day trip. 

Yes! English is widely spoken in Doha due to the number of tourists and expats living there.

You can drink alcohol in restaurants, bars, and hotels in Doha, but it’s entirely prohibited to drink in public areas. 

The best time to visit Doha and Qatar is during the winter months, between December and February. 

Stefania Guglielmi

Stefania Guglielmi is the founder of Every Steph. Originally from Bologna, Italy, she's been traveling full-time since 2016 and has visited over 50 countries across 6 continents. She believes sustainable travel and luxury travel can go hand in hand and has been advocating for responsible tourism since 2014. Stefania's advice and travel experiences have been featured in important publications such as Business Insider, Refinery29, and Yahoo Money.

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Saturday 27th of August 2022

This isn't all strictly true, and will put people off of going to Qatar. I have lived here for a number of years and the "no shorts or shoulders in public" is totally false.

I'd advise that you maybe check things fully before you publish.

Sunday 11th of September 2022

I am personally a resident of Dubai, where things are way less strict that Qatar, and I still always try to cover shoulders and knees out of respect for the local culture. Does it mean no one wears shorts and tank tops? Plenty of people do.... but most expats that live in the country try and be respectful and reserve smaller clothing for days at the beach and so. So I respect your opinion, but I will not promote being disrespectful to the local culture on my own blog.

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With Doha’s fascinating variety of museums, markets and much more, you can be assured that you will bask in an unforgettable voyage. Dive into an endless array of activities that you do not want to miss, as you explore this city.

Discover historical artworks, relish a taste of Arabian culture or unearth picturesque natural phenomena in Doha and beyond.

Meander through the Museum of Islamic Art, where some of the Muslim world’s most treasured artefacts are displayed, or visit the National Museum of Qatar to uncover the unique creations of artistic masterminds. You can also wander along the aisles of Qatar National Library, housing over one million books.

Another gem in Doha is Katara Cultural Village, which beautifully captures the essence of Qatar. This vibrant locale brings the past to life, celebrates the present, and stirs excitement about the future, through an enticing blend of theatres, concert halls and galleries.

If you yearn for an outdoor affair, journey to the Inland Sea or “Khor Al Udaid”, one of only three places on the planet where the desert and ocean merge. This environmental spectacle sports striking features including rugged ridges, heightened plateaus and salt hillocks.

Take a stroll along the Corniche to behold West Bay’s skyscrapers gleaming in the sunlight, or hop onto a wooden dhow to enjoy a ride along tranquil blue waters. To savour an adrenaline rush, try kneeboarding, jet skiing or parasailing at Katara Beach.

In addition, satisfy your craving for adventure by immersing yourself in an action-packed desert safari, or kayaking through the aquatic channels of Al Thakira Beach. Doha is also home to Aspire Zone, featuring running and walking tracks, vast green spaces and children’s playgrounds, making it an idyllic spot for families to boost their fitness.

Golf lovers will have the chance to master the perfect swing at one of the city’s golf courses, brimming with lush greenery. 

Indulge in cuisine whipped up by the globe’s finest chefs, boasting a myriad of international flavours from Turkish and Indian to Mediterranean and much more.

Be sure to sample much-loved Qatari delicacies such as balaleet, saloona or machboos. Seafood is a key ingredient in local dishes, with some of the most sumptuous options being served at restaurants only a stone’s throw from the harbour.

Doha is renowned for its expansive malls, family-friendly shopping centres and glamorous boutiques. Explore the world’s leading brands and find charming gifts for your loved ones, or treats to spoil yourself.

For an authentic Arabian shopping experience, head to any of the souqs or bazaars. Browse through the bustling alleys of Souq Waqif, where you can pick up a memento of your trip to Doha, and admire the region’s powerful falcons up close.

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  • 31 Places To Visit in Doha, Qatar

L ooking for the best places to visit in Doha, Qatar? I’ve got you covered! This post will tackle all of the top things to do in Doha. From popular tourist attractions to meaningful cultural experiences, this guide on things to see in Doha won’t disappoint. Let’s dive in!

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Doha, Qatar is a force to be reckoned with.

Though much less known than it’s neighbor, Dubai , Doha deserves a spot on your travel bucket list. It is more quiet and understated, and that is exactly what makes it so special.

Qatar has a deep connection to its past and its traditions. This much is evident after spending even just one day in Doha .

The places you’ll visit and things you see will take your breath away. The beauty, the history, and the culture seem so evident hey are almost tangible.

Qatar is also one of the richest countries in the world. This means that Doha is well-designed and modern, and that visitors can feel safe exploring, even solo.

If you are a first time visitor to Qatar, or are returning back to explore more in depth, this guide of the best places to visit in Doha will help you out. Here you will find all the top things to see in this bustling capital city.

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The 31 Best Places to Visit in Doha, Qatar

From top cultural attractions to the arts to old souks and more, here are the best places to visit in Doha, Qatar.

1. Souq Waqif

First and foremost, you absolutely need to add Souq Waqif to your list. It is not only one of the best places to visit in Doha, but it is also where I recommend basing yourself during your visit.

⫸ The Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel will set you up in the middle of all the action. You will be within walking distance of all of Souq Waqif’s bustling stalls and shops, and have easy access tot he Metro. The hotel itself has luxe, well-designed rooms, fast free wifi, a swimming pool, and super helpful staff. I can’t recommend it enough! BOOK YOUR STAY HERE!

Souq Waqif is one of the most iconic places in Doha, known for its lively atmosphere and bustling energy. Many shops stay open until 11pm, so it is even alive and awake into the night.

The souq’s architecture is a rebuild after a fire destroyed part of the original souq on the same spot. Wander through the narrow alleyways and busy streets full of spice shops, souvenir stalls, tasty cafes, and authentic restaurants.

This trading site is where Bedouin’s used to meet in ancient times. And today, it’s still one of the most exciting things to see in Doha!

Hours: Saturday – Thursday: 8am – 12:30pm; 3pm – 10pm. Friday: 3pm – 10pm.

Fees: None, unless you purchase goods!

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2. Pigeon Towers

The Pigeon Towers are stunning sand-colored columns found within the Katara Cultural Village.

These ancient structures, which were used for centuries to house pigeons, are a perfect example of Islamic architectural ingenuity. They were used by farmers to rise pigeons in order to collect their droppings for fertilizer, or for meat and eggs.

The towers are now an important part of Qatar’s cultural heritage. The towers are both beautiful and functional, with each one capable of accommodating thousands of pigeons. Read all about how to visit the Pigeon Towers here .

I couldn’t wait to see them strictly for their architectural beauty. I recommend visiting at sunrise or sunset for the best golden hour glow.

Pro Tip : If you prefer to take a tour, this tour in particular  stops at the Katara Cultural Village, where you can see the gorgeous Pigeon Towers as well as several of the sights below. It also features a traditional dhow boat cruise, too!  BOOK YOUR TOUR HERE!

Hours: 24 / 7 / 365

Fees: None.

3. Katara Mosque

The stunningly detailed tiles of the Katara Mosque are reason enough to head to Katara Cultural Village . It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Doha and frankly, one of the most beautiful mosques in the country.

Located directly next to the Pigeon Towers, this mosque was built in 2011. With its large blue dome, towering minarets and spacious interior, the Katara Mosque is a popular tourist attraction and a place for locals to come together for prayer.

Pro Tip: When visiting mosques in Doha, be sure to wear a  loose flowy kimono  to cover your shoulders, waist, and midriff. Keep a  sheer lightweight scarf  on hand for extra coverage (you’ll need to cover your head to enter mosques.)

4. Gold Mosque

Tucked away in Katara’s maze of buildings is another mosque made of shimmering gold tiles. As the sun rises higher in the sky, the mosque seems to glow brighter and brighter!

Smaller than the Katara Mosque, this site is no less stunning. It is hands down one of the best places to see in Doha.

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5. Katara Amphitheatre

One of the highlights of Katara Village, the large amphitheatre is worth a visit. Even when no events are scheduled, visitors are welcome to stroll through the entrance and see the large open air theatre

The design is a blend of Islamic and classical Greek architecture all rolled into one, with the capacity to seat 5,000 people.

Built in 2008, the ampitheatre is centrally located in Katara Village. It hosts many of Doha’s world-class performances.

Hours: 24 / 7 / 365 except for ticketed shows.

Fees: Free unless attending a performance.

6. Katara Cultural Village Cafes

One of the best aspects of visiting Katara Cultural Village is the plethora of tasty and trendy cafes on site.

Visit the popular ChacLate Cafe, where you can get fresh juice, Turkish Coffee, and treats like honeycake. Or, stop by my personal favorite breakfast spot, Chapati & Karak, where you can get cardamom spiced karak tea and chapati wraps with cheese or eggs or sweets.

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7. Katara Beach

If you love sand and sun, then you need to see the Arabian Sea while in Doha. Katara Beach is a quick and easy stroll from Katara Cultural Village, so it’s the perfect choice!

This stunning stretch of sand is perfect for relaxing with a book, swimming the bright blue waters, or just soaking up the sun on the warm, golden sand. This beach is the only public beach in Doha.

There are separate areas for men only, women only, and family visitors. And, you have plenty of water sports and rentals to choose from.

Katara Beach is a must-visit for anyone who is a mermaid at heart. Visit year round, but in the summer months, start early!

Pro Tip: If you prefer to stay near the beach, consider booking the  21 High Street Residence  as your accommodations. Right on Katara Beach, this chic hotel has a fitness center, fast wifi, free private parking, and more. Some units even have a balcony, for quiet mornings with a view. BOOK YOUR STAY HERE!

Hours: 10am – 11pm, though hours can vary on different beaches.

Fees: QR 50 on weekends; QR 25 on weekdays.

8. Museum of Islamic Art

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is housed in a stunning cube-like geometric design right on the water. The architect I. M. Pei specified that the museum must be built on an artificial peninsula near the traditional dhow harbor.

Inside, MIA is even more incredible. It holds Islamic art from across three continents, including old manuscripts, intricate metalwork, colorful textiles, and much more.

The artifacts date from the 7th century through the 20th century, and this is one of the most complete collections of Islamic artifacts in the world. You can’t miss it!

Pro Tip: A ticket to the Museum of Islamic Art will cost only 50 QAR, which is less than $14 USD. If you book tickets online, you can also snag entry to four other museums or sites too. Book in advance here .

Hours: Saturday – Thursday: 9am – 7pm; Fridays: 1.30 – 7pm.

Fees: QR 50.

9. Islamic Cultural Center

Across from Souq Waqif, you will likely notice a spiral shaped building towering up into the sky. This is the Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Centre, or, Fanar.

Fanar was once the largest mosque in Qatar. And while it still functions as a place for prayer, this building also hosts religious and educational activities, even for visitors.

Tourists can learn about the Qatari lifestyle and history as well as try local coffee. Etiquette and courses on the Islamic faith are also available. But hands down, my top recommendation is to visit during Friday prayers.

100% of the mosques I have visited, even the heavily touristic  Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque  in Abu Dhabi, are strictly closed to visitors during prayer times. And understandably so.

Here, even non-Muslim visitors can attend Friday prayers led in English to learn about this deep and moving tradition.

Hours: Visit. 7.30am – 10pm. The welcome desk is open 7.30am – 1.30pm and 4pm – 10pm.

Fees: Dependent upon which activities you choose.

10. National Museum of Qatar

One of the can’t-miss things to do in Doha is a visit to the National Museum of Qatar. The museum offers an immersive experience that takes visitors through the history of the region, from prehistoric times to the present day.

With interactive exhibits, stunning artwork, and informative displays, there is something for everyone at this world-class museum.

The architecture of the building itself is impressive, resembling a desert rose that blends seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. Whether you are a history buff or just like to learn, a visit to the national Museum of Qatar will not disappoint.

11. Falcon Souq

The Falcon Souq is technically part of Souq Waqif, but it is set apart into an area of its own.

Get a fascinating look into an important part of Qatari culture and heritage here. As one of the most popular places to visit in Doha, the souq is home to a variety of different types of falcons, including the highly prized Peregrine Falcon.

The birds are highly revered in Qatar, as well as in other Gulf countries. The Falcon Souq is a place where locals can not only purchase falcons but also buy food and visit the pet hospital. Tourists can learn more about the history of falconry here, too.

Hours: 7am – 1pm; 5pm – 9:30pm daily.

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12. State Grand Mosque

The State Grand Mosque in Doha is an icon of Qatar’s Islamic culture. The mosque is known for its beautiful architecture, elegant mosaics, intricate carvings, and magnificent chandeliers.

As one of the most visited places in Doha, it’s an excellent stop if you want to learn more about Islamic culture and religion. When visiting the mosque, it’s essential to dress modestly (check my Qatar packing list for details) and remove your shoes before entering

Allow ample time to wander through the mosque and enjoy its tranquil surroundings. The State Grand Mosque in Doha is undoubtedly a must-see attraction and not to be missed!

Hours: Saturday – Thursday: 9am and 7pm; Friday: 2pm until 7pm.

13. The Persian Gulf from a Dhow Boat

The first time I saw the Arabian Sea, I was shocked at how blue the waters were. I had always pictured the orange desert dunes when thinking of the Middle East, and it just hadn’t occurred to me that the water would be so pretty.

One of the best ways to see the water is from a traditional dhow boat . See the Doha skyline from the water after a tour of the souks, mosques, and sites of the city.

Pro Tip : Consider, this Doha tour  for your traditional dhow boat cruise. The tour also stops at the Katara Cultural Village, mentioned above, where you can see the gorgeous Pigeon Towers and Katara Mosque!  BOOK YOUR TOUR HERE!

14. Al Koot Fort

If you’re on the way to the Falcon Souq, make sure to stop by the tall white Al Koot Fort, just a short walk away. Originally a police station and later a jail, it was rebuilt in the 1920s as a fort by Sheikh Abdullah Bin Jassim Al Thani.

Although the museum isn’t currently open, it’s definitely worth a quick visit while you’re in the area.

Hours: 24 / 7/ 365; note that the museum is currently closed.

15. Arab Postal Stamp Museum

If you’re interested in Arab culture and history, you should definitely add the Arab Postal Stamp Museum to your list of places to visit. Located in the heart of Doha, at the Katara Cultural Village, the museum showcases an impressive collection of stamps from various Arab countries.

The stamps depict a wide array of themes, from historical figures to natural wonders in the Arab world. One of the highlights of the museum is the section dedicated to Qatar’s postal history, which gives visitors a glimpse into the country’s development over the years.

Check out the interactive exhibits and browse the museum shop, where you can purchase unique souvenirs and postcards featuring some of the stamps on display.

Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 9am and 7pm; Friday: 3:30pm until 9pm; Saturday: 9am-12pm and 5pm – 8pm.

16. The Pearl Qatar

The Pearl Qatar in Doha is a man-made island and one of the most luxurious areas of the city. Attention shoppers out there – this is a spot you will likely enjoy!

The Pearl has everything from a luxurious shopping experience, to world-class dining options, to breathtaking views of the Persian Gulf. Visitors will find plenty of high-end boutiques, ranging from internationally recognized brands to local designers.

The Pearl also has a range of restaurants and cafes that serve delicious international dishes, so save room for lunch or dinner.

Pro Tip: There is free parking available at the entrance of the island, making it easy to explore on foot. If you would rather visit as part of a tour, check out this guided tour option .

17. Doha Corniche

Doha’s Corniche is a picturesque waterfront promenade with stunning views of the city skyline and the Arabian Gulf. It stretches for seven kilometers and offers visitors plenty of opportunities to indulge in leisurely walks, bike rides, and picnics with family and friends.

Enjoy the scenic views, take in the local culture, and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The best time to visit the Corniche is in the early morning or late afternoon when temperatures are milder, and the crowds are less dense. It is a beautiful place to get a bit of exercise on your trip.

18. The Pearl Monument

While walking the Corniche, keep your eyes peeled for The Pearl – a large monument honoring Doha’s history as a pearl farming nation.

The large monument features a shimmering pearl inside an oyster. Visitors can stroll through the nearby park or take a boat ride along the nearby canal to admire the monument from afar.

My top tip for visiting the Pearl Monument is to go during sunset when the surrounding sky paints a beautiful backdrop against the gleaming exterior.

19. Aspire Park

Aspire Park is a must-see attraction when visiting Doha – and it is a far cry from what you’d expect to see in a desert nation. The lush green park, located in the heart of the city, is an oasis of tranquility and relaxation.

Aspire Park is renowned for its fountains, lakes, jogging tracks, and green grass. Aspire Park is also home to the famous Torch Doha Hotel, which offers breathtaking views of the park from its exclusive restaurant on the 47th floor.

When visiting, feel free to bring a picnic blanket and some food if the temperature is right, as there are plenty of picnic spots to enjoy throughout the park.

Hours: 7am – 11pm.

20. Khalifa International Stadium

Sports fans in Doha should make it a point to stop and visit the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar. It is the tallest freestanding structure in the country and can accommodate up to 50,000 people!

This modern stadium was built for the 2006 Asian Games and has now hosted numerous international sporting events, including the IAAF World Athletics Championship and the AFC Asian Cup.

If you’re planning on visiting Doha and are interested in sports or architecture, the Khalifa International Stadium is a must-see.

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21. Mall Of Qatar

Similar to Dubai , though somewhat less extravagant, Doha has plenty of luxury shopping opportunities. The Mall of Qatar is a state-of-the-art shopping with over 500 stores.

Expect high-end designer brands, department stores, and popular fashion retailers. In addition to shopping, the mall also offers a variety of entertainment options such as a theme park, indoor skating rink, and movie theatre.

Though I am not a big shopper myself, I have to admit that this is a great escape from the heat if you visit Qatar in the summer.

Hours: Sunday – Wednesday: 10am – 10pm; Thursday – Friday: 10am – 12am; Saturday: 10am – 11pm. (Restaurants are closed for Friday prayers from 11:30am – 1pm.)

22. Le Pouce Sculpture

When you’re walking is Souq Waqif, you are more than likely to come across the giant gold thumb sculpture called Le Pouce . Created by the famous French sculptor César Baldaccini, this masterpiece towers over visitors.

It is definitely worth a quick stop as you stroll the souq!

23. Souq Waqif Art Center

Tucked down the same walkable street as Le Pouce is the Souq Waqif Art Center. It is a fun spot to visit and is especially vibrant at night, due to the bright and colorful lanterns found here.

Inside, you can stroll the gallery with rotating exhibitions to see what is on view. Or, watch painters creating masterpieces in real time. Pop into each small room to see what treasures you can find.

Hours: Saturday – Thursday: 8am – 2pm and 4pm – 10pm. Friday: 4pm – 10pm.

24. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Another of the art-filled places to visit in Doha is the Arab Museum of Modern Art.

Located in the Education City, the museum houses an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art from the Arab world and beyond. From paintings and sculptures to installations and multimedia installations, the exhibits provide a thought-provoking cultural experience.

Pro Tip: The museum also offers guided tours and art workshops for anyone looking to enhance their experience.

Hours: Saturday – Thursday: 9am – 7pm; Fridays: 1.30pm – 7pm.

25. Qatar National Library

The Qatar National Library in Doha was designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, and holds over one million books, as well as a state-of-the-art children’s library, too.

This Library preserves heritage texts holding historical significance to Arab-Islamic Civilization and gives free access to Qatari citizens.

Operating hours are 8am-8pm. For a more in-depth and educational experience, consider attending a lecture or taking a tour. Trust us, it’s worth it!

Pro Tip: The Qatar national Library is around a 15 minutes drive from the Souq Waqif area. Visitors can take an Uber or a taxi – just make sure to read my taxi safety tips first!

Hours: Saturday – Thursday: 8am – 8pm; Fridays: 4pm – 8pm.

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26. Barzan Towers

The Barzan Towers are undoubtedly one of the most intriguing places to visit in Doha. These watchtowers date back to the 19th century and were used to protect the city from invasion and alert the nearby army.

Their unique architecture and historical significance make them offer a glimpse into the region’s past. The towers offer stunning views of the surrounding area and make for an excellent photo opportunity, so don’t forget your camera .

Hours: 8am -12:30am.

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27. Omani Market

The Omani Market is exactly what you’d expect it to be – a market where traditional Omani style items are sold. This includes jewelry, textiles, pottery, antiques, and spices.

The market is located in the heart of the city, near other popular places to visit in Doha, such as the Museum of Islamic Art and Souq Waqif.

To make the most of your visit, come prepared to bargain for prices and take your time exploring all the different stalls.

Hours: 7am -8pm.

28. MIA Park

The MIA Park is a large, stunning coastal green space located close to the Museum of Islamic Art.

Enjoy the multiple art installations, the playground, and the great views of the Doha skyline.

Pro Tip: MIA Park is open 24 hours each day. Plan to arrive either in the early morning or close to sunset to avoid the intense midday heat. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen , a wide brim hat , and plenty of water!

29. Doha Festival City

Doha Festival City is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in luxury shopping and entertainment. This indoor mall is the largest in Qatar and holds more than 500 international and local brands.

Aside from shopping, there is a world-class indoor theme park here, an Angry Birds World, and a variety of dining options to choose from.

Hours: Sunday – Wednesday: 10am – 10pm. Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 11pm.

Fees: Varies depending on what activities you choose.

30. Villaggio Mall

The Villagio Mall is another of the best places in Doha for shoppers. It has over 200 stores to choose from, plenty of cafes and restaurants, and beautiful architecture to boot.

When visiting the mall, be sure to keep an eye out for the Gondolania Theme Park, complete with an indoor canal and gondola rides.

Pro Tip: The mall has a dress code. Females, be sure to wear your flowy kimono or long maxi skirt here. Shoulders and knees should be covered!

Hours: Sunday – Wednesday: – 9am – 10pm. Saturday & Thursday: 9am -11pm. Friday: 1pm – 11pm.

Fees: None unless you make purchases.

31. 974 Beach

Since Doha overlooks the Persian Gulf, it should be no surprise that there are some excellent beaches here. 974 is one of the best.

This beach is one of the most picturesque locations in the city. It’s the perfect place to soak up the sun, take a stroll or a dip, or get active. Try your hand at beach volleyball, kayaking, or paddleboarding.

For me, the most interesting thing about 974 Beach is the presence of a colorful, towering art installation by Ugo Rondinone. Creator of the famous Seven Magic Mountains , Rondinone created a similar installation for Doha here.

Don’t miss these tall colorful rocks if you are a fan of the Las Vegas artwork! This was one of my favorite places to visit in Doha particularly because of them!

Where Exactly Is Doha, Qatar?

Doha is the capital of Qatar. It is located on the east coast of the country and borders the Arabian Sea. It is directly west from  United Arab Emirates .

Where To Stay in Doha

I highly recommend staying in one of two main areas within Doha. My favorite is near Souq Waqif, and my second favorite is near Katara Cultural Village .

1. Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel

Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel  is my top pick for any first time visitor to Doha. You’ll be right in the center of the souk and within walking distance of many of the places to visit in Doha, listed above. This hotel is also within easy walking distance of the metro.

The hotel rooms here are clean, colorful, and comfortable. The staff was incredibly helpful during my stay, and the hotel has amenities like a pool, fast wifi, and meal options if you like.

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2. Saraya Corniche

My second choice is the  Saraya Corniche , which offers easy access to the corniche waterfront as well as being walkable from the Souq Waqif area. The rooms are a bit less luxurious than my top choice, but this hotel does the trick.

Breakfast and dinner buffets feature Arabic and Indian food, and many rooms have great views of the Corniche or the Doha skyline. Check out the fitness center, pool, and restaurant / bar on site.

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3. The 21 High Street Residence

For my beachgoers out there, the  21 High Street Residence  might just be for you.

Located on Katara Beach, this chic hotel is literally steps from the water. It has a fitness center, free private parking, room service, and more. Some units also have a balcony, so you can drink in that sunshine all day long.

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Pro Tip: If you’re visiting on a short layover , then the  Oryx Transit Hotel  might be for you. This hotel provides easy access to and from the airport terminals.

I hope that this list of the best places to visit in Doha has given you some ideas on what you can’t miss in this city. Doha has a lot to offer.

Let me know below, which site are you most excited to see?

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How to Spend a 9hr+ Layover in Doha, Qatar

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During my trip to Japan , I chose to fly with Qatar Airways and had a long layover in Doha on both legs of my journey. Because of the strength, or lack thereof, of my Nigerian Passport , I often find myself stuck at the airport during long layovers like this one..

Luckily, this was not the case this time around as I have a valid US visa , which I could use to get a visa to Qatar as a Nigerian passport holder. I applied via the Hayya website and received my 30-day entry visa after 48 hours.

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Getting a Visa to Qatar

Nigerians need a visa to visit Qatar (or to leave the airport during a stopover or layover in Doha) and two options are available. The first one is to apply for a Tourist (A1) visa and the second option works if you already have a valid visa for or residency in any of these countries – UK, US, Australia, Canada, Schengen and New Zealand.

In this case, you can apply for the Qatar Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) visa which allows a stay of up to 30 days for travellers that meet the category above.

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Regardless of which option suits you, the process and visa costs remain the same. I recommend applying for the ETA (A3) visa if you already have any of the visas listed above.

How to Apply for a Visa to Qatar during Your Layover in Doha

Applying for this visa category is easy and to do so, simply follow the steps below;

  • Visit the Hayya Website and log in or sign up for an account. This process sends a confirmation code that may get lost in spam, so be sure to check just in case.
  • Choose a visa category (in my case, I chose “visa with ETA”) and for purpose, I entered Leisure
  • Fill in the requested personal details and upload a scanned copy of your passport and passport-sized photo
  • Upload a copy of the visa or residency card that you hold
  • Enter your accommodation details and any other required information and submit after confirming the details to be correct.

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After submission, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to make payment. The visa costs 100 Qatari Riyals (QAR) and this fee is non-refundable. You should receive your visa shortly after making the payment.

Tip : You should apply for your visa close to your travel date. It is typically issued for one month from the time it is approved and there is no way to specify the exact dates that you want.

Now to the good part – how to spend a long layover in Doha.

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The easiest way to optimize your time in the city is to book a layover tour. You can either do this directly with Qatar Airways as they have multiple transit tours available or you can book one privately .

I chose to have a private tour, mainly due to fatigue after just travelling around Japan and a fairly long flight from Tokyo.

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What to Do on a Long Layover in Doha

After going through immigration, I took a taxi into the city and headed to have breakfast and freshen up at the Holiday Inn hotel. From there, I hired the services of a taxi driver to take me around Doha.

Our first stop was around the Dhow Harbour and Corniche. It was a beautiful morning, the weather was cool and pleasant and it was great to admire the dhows parked against the backdrop of the city.

Doha city skyline

Layover in Doha: Visit the Museum of Islamic Art

Later, we decided to head to a Museum and the choice was between the Museum of Islamic Art and the National Museum of Qatar. I chose to save the latter for another visit and spent about an hour exploring the different exhibitions at the Museum of Islamic Art.

I say it was time well spent and more than the exhibitions, I enjoyed being in the building itself. My favourite spots were the open courtyard and the ground floor area, with its lovely cafe.

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Layover in Doha: Visit the Souq Waqif

Next, we drove over to Souq Waqif, which is a marketplace where you can find cafes and shops that sell traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs. I enjoyed strolling through the maze of shops in this area and the people-watching opportunities were also fantastic!

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Now that I am writing this article, I do wish I stayed longer to enjoy a meal in one of the cafes. However, my preferred choice only had a set meal for two. It wasn’t very pricey, it just seemed like I would waste a lot of the food in the end and I wanted to avoid that.

Layover in Doha: Visit the Katara Cultural Village

By the time the taxi driver picked me up from the souq, I was spent! But there were still a few stops left on the itinerary. One of them was the Katara Cultural Village, a cultural hub showcasing music, art, theatre, and other cultural activities.

Katara Mosque

I walked around a bit and quite liked it but it was time to call it a day. I was just too tired and decided to skip the rest of the stops on the itinerary, ignoring the driver’s suggestion to make a quick visit to the desert.

Instead, we headed back to the airport, where I spent the rest of the time waiting for my flight in one of the Qatar Airways lounges.

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How to Spend a 9hr+ Layover in Doha: Hammad International Airport

If you do not qualify to get a visa on arrival or did not get one beforehand, you’ll find that there are many ways to spend your time fairly comfortably within the airport. Some options include booking a room or spa session at the Oryx Airport Hotel or opting for the cheaper option, sleep ‘n fly.

Alternatively, there are quiet rooms in the airport where you can lounge for free; you can spend some time in the Orchid Garden and of course, there are multiple Qatar Airways lounges, shops and restaurants where you can also while away your long layover in Doha.

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Tell me, have you transited or had a long layover in Doha’s Hammad International Airport? How did you spend your time and will you consider a transit tour or even a longer stopover during your next trip? Let me know in the comment section below!

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7 Best Travel Agencies in Qatar

Booking flights and hotels on the internet can be easy, but there are many pitfalls that could cost you money and even your trip. Life is easy when you have an expert by your side.

Therefore, we have listed for you the best travel agencie s in Qatar . All these travel agencies have their own websites where you can find details about the services offered.

RAG Tours & Travels

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RAG Tours & Travels is a division of Royal Alliance Group that is spread across the Middle East. RAG is one of the best travel service providers in Doha, Qatar. RAG offers Visa services, flight ticket booking, hotel booking and much more.

Services offered :

  • Worldwide visa assistance (For Qatar, UAE, UK)
  • Airline Reservation and Ticketing
  • Hotel Booking
  • Tour Packages
  • Phone : 7766 0344
  • Address in Qatar : 820, Building No 36, Near MRA Restaurant, Zone 16, Street, Doha
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Timings: 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM and 4:00 PM – 10:30 PM (except Friday)
  • Website : ragtoursandtravels.com

Ambassador Travels

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Ambassador Travel is Qatar’s leading Travel Agency established in 1988, serving clients with quality and reliability. They offer Airline Ticketing, Hotel Reservations, Holiday Packages, Cruise Holidays, Car Rentals, Travel Insurance, Visa Assistance, etc.

 They claims to be the only Travel agency in Qatar having its own resorts in Qatar ( Al-Ghariya Resort )

  • Phone : 4441 5998
  • Address in Qatar : 3 Ali Bin Abdullah Street, Gold Market, Doha
  • Timings: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM (except Friday)
  • Website : ambtravels.com
  • Email : [email protected]

Mosafer Travel & Tourism

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GoMosafer is an online division of Mosafer Travel, the travel agency in Qatar launched in 2010. GoMosafer provides the kind of efficient, cost-effective travel solutions by combining aggressively negotiated airfares and global resource of Hotel rates with cutting edge technology. 

  • Phone : 4422 3777
  • Address in Qatar : Al-Ahed Building, C Ring Rd, Opposite Gulf Cinema, Doha
  • Website : www.gomosafer.com
  • Email : [email protected]

Ezy Travels

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Ezy Travels is an IATA accredited agency in the State of Qatar, providing all the travel related services, Hotels booking, Visa processing to the GCC and other countries, Travel Insurance, Car Hire, Eurail pass , Tour packages, Hajj & Umrah packages.

ezytravels.qa is a full suite travel agency providing affordable travel experiences to its customers. The agency is operated and managed by a group of professionals having a combined experience of more than 5 decades in the travel industry.

A few highlights of their services are enumerated below :

  • Affordable Prices
  • Comprehensive Choices
  • Highest Quality Services
  • Customized Travel Plans
  • Dedicated Account Managers
  • Commitment to Excellence
  • Phone : 4437 2339
  • Address in Qatar : Shop No.2, Al Rabban Building, B Ring Rd, Doha
  • Website : ezytravels.qa
  • Email : [email protected]

Orbit Travel and Tours

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Orbit travel offers entire travel related services such as Airline reservations, ticketing, hotel reservations, and car rental, tour packages, tailor made holidays, travel insurance.

They have also introduced a Wellness tourism Division called “Orbit Wellness” and an exclusive VIP launch, “Orbit VIP” They have more than 7 branches in Qatar. We are just listing one branch below but you can find the others easily through Google Maps.

  • Phone : 4411 1229
  • Address in Qatar : Inside Quality Centre Department Store, Al Matar St, Doha
  • Website : orbitqatar.com
  • Email : [email protected]

Regency Travel And Tours

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Regency-travels is good for booking lowest flight tickets, hotel booking, Holiday packages, Travel insurance, visa services. They are one of the best tour operators based in Doha, Qatar.

  • Phone : 4434 4444
  • Address in Qatar : Suhaim Bin Hamad Street، Doha
  • Website : regency-travels.com
  • Email : [email protected]

Victoria Travels

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Victoria Travels provide cheap air tickets, cheap flights, hotels, hotel, holiday packages, bus tickets, air travel, travel packages and much more.

  • Phone : 4455 3927
  • Address in Qatar : Building 87, Zone 45 , Street, 116، Doha
  • Website : victoria-travels.com
  • Email : [email protected]

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Tips for Choosing the Right Travel Agency

Hope you will get a good package from travel agencies listed above. But just check out the below tips for choosing the right travel agency:

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Find out what services they offer

A good travel agent will provide you with a variety of services, such as arranging accommodation, car hire, tours, and airport transfers. They’ll also help you book flights, cruises, and other activities.

Look at their website

If you’re looking for a travel agency, make sure you check out their website first. You should see a clear description of what services they offer, along with contact details. Make sure you understand what each service entails before booking.

Ask friends or family members who they use

If you’re looking for a travel agency, ask people you trust for recommendations. You might even consider asking them what they think of the service they received. So before you book, make sure you’re using a reputable company that has good reviews. You should also check out online forums where travelers post their experiences.

Check out reviews online

You should also check out online forums where travelers post their experiences. There are plenty of websites that allow you to read customer reviews of different agencies. These sites will give you insight into how other customers feel about the service they received. It’s also worth checking out TripAdvisor, as well as Google Reviews.

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Attitudes towards dress in Qatar are relaxed, but visitors (men as well as women) are expected to show respect for local culture by avoiding excessively revealing clothing in public. It is generally recommended for men and women to ensure their shoulders and knees are covered.

This is widely expected at Souq Waqif and other traditional markets.

The Qatari riyal is the only currency used in the country and can be obtained through ATMs which are widely available in malls, hotels and around Doha. The Qatari Riyal (QR) is pegged against the US Dollar at QAR 3.64

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When bringing local currency (Qatar Riyal-QAR) and all other foreign currencies amounts equal to or higher than QAR 50,000 must be declared on arrival. This includes jewelry, precious metals or stones valued at QAR 50,000 or higher.

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  • The Accessible Qatar smartphone app provides information about accessibility and facilities at different public and touristic venues across the country.
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Drinking water

The World Health Organization estimates that 99% of Qatar has access to drinkable tap water. However, bottled water is widely consumed in Qatar with plenty of local and imported brands widely available.

Electric supply

The standard voltage is 240 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. Plug points are the same as in the UK. To use electric appliances made for the range of 100 V - 127 V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries), one needs a voltage converter or a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter.

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Doha is home to over 100 foreign embassies and a consulate. These are open for business from Sunday to Thursday and closed on Friday and Saturday, as well as all public holidays of both Qatar and the embassy's home country.

Friday timings

All business and commercial activity shuts down during Friday prayers in the morning (around 10am -12pm).  Several shops remain closed on Fridays while malls open in the afternoon on Fridays.

Qatari ladies will  not  shake hands with men, and many men will not shake a lady’s hand as a gesture of respect.

Healthcare facilities

In case of emergency, visitors can go to Hamad General Hospital’s network of hospitals and healthcare centers for care.

Internet Connectivity

Qatar is the world’s first country to introduce a commercial 5G network. Free WIFI facilities are available at the Hamad International Airport and most public places including shopping malls, restaurants and parks.

Islamic Holidays

Eid Al Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the month-long period of fasting.  It is spent with family and friends, with much feasting, and goes on for three days, though shops and private businesses may reopen after one or two days.

The Hajj pilgrimage ends with Eid Al Adha , also known as the “feast of sacrifice” and continues for four days.

Home to around a hundred nationalities, Qatar is a melting pot of cultures with numerous languages being spoken. Being an Arab country, the official language is Arabic, but English is commonly spoken at all public places.

Meet & Greet Services

Passengers arriving, departing or transiting through Hamad International Airport can avail Al Maha  personalised Meet & Greet Services at Hamad International Airport.

Official holidays

Qatar National Day is celebrated on 18 December. Sports Day is also a national holiday celebrated on the second Tuesday of February each year. In addition to these two holidays the country is closed for three days during Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha.

Public Display of Affection

As in all Middle Eastern countries, showing overt affection and intimacy in public is frowned upon.

During the Islamic month of Ramadan, visitors are expected to refrain from eating, drinking and smoking in public places during the daylight hours out of respect to those who are fasting.  Hotels continue to cater to guests by opening restaurants that are out of the public’s view.

Qatar is a Muslim country and Islam plays an integral role in daily life. Prayers take place five times per day: at dawn (Fajr), around midday (Duhr), in mid-afternoon (A'asr), at sunset (Maghrib) and about two hours after sunset (‘Esha). The exact timing varies each day according to the sun's position.

Qatar has been ranked first in terms of safety and security, according  Numbeo  Crime Index 2020, the world’s largest database of user contributed data on cities and countries.

Smoking is prohibited in all public spaces including museums, sports clubs, shopping malls and restaurants. Violators can be subject to fines between QAR 1000-3000.

Passengers transiting through Doha can take advantage of Qatar’s unmatched stopover program to explore the destination. The +Qatar program offers great deals at 4- and 5- Star hotels.

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The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) regulates the telecommunications, information technology, and postal sectors, as well as access to digital media. Ensuring balancing consumers’ rights and telecom Service Providers’ obligations is a top priority for CRA. If you have inquiries or complaints against telecom Service Providers, you can contact us through:

· Hotline 103, or +97444069938 from overseas · Email: consumervoice@cra.gov.qa · Complaint Form:  https://www.cra.gov.qa/en/Services/Consumers-Complaints · Social media: @craqatar · Mobile App: “Arsel” on Google Play and App Store For more information please visit CRA’s website: www.cra.gov.qa

Most hospitality outlets in Qatar include a service charge in the bill. However, a tip of 10-15% as a gesture of satisfaction is appreciated. It is advisable to carry cash for tipping.

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Qatar drives on the right hand side of the road.

Qatar has a desert climate with year-round sunshine, extreme temperatures during summer and mild winters. Average monthly temperatures range from 17°C in January to 36°C in July, sometimes reaching highs of 40°C+ during the summer months.

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Conceived of in 2012 The Year of Culture  is an initiative by Qatar Museums. Taking place with another country, the year-long cultural exchange programme invites people to explore a new culture, through a variety of exhibitions, festivals, competitions and events.

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Hamad International Airport and Japan Airlines Forge Strategic Partnership, Launching Daily Flights between Doha and Tokyo

Hamad International Airport (DOH) has announced the commencement of daily operations by Japan Airlines, linking Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) in Japan with Hamad International Airport in Qatar.

The inaugural flight, operated on 31 March 2024 by a Boeing 787-9 aircraft with a capacity of 203 seats, marks the first-ever flight to the Middle East by a Japanese airline – signifying a historic moment in the aviation industry.

Commenting on this historic partnership, Sujata Suri, Senior Vice President of Finance and Procurement at Hamad International Airport, said: "We are thrilled to welcome Japan Airlines to the Middle East through its renowned hub in Doha. The launch of Japan Airlines’ daily flights from Tokyo Haneda to Hamad International Airport is a landmark achievement and a testament to the flourishing partnership between both Qatar and Japan. Combining Japan Airlines’ latest launch with Qatar Airways’ recent resumption to Osaka, is projected to result in a 50% increase in weekly flight frequency between Qatar and Japan, which underscores Hamad International Airport’s commitment to advancing global travel and enhancing passenger experiences ”.

“Our new Doha service is the first direct flight to the Middle East operated by a Japanese airline. It perfectly complements JAL’s global network and enables customers to seamlessly connect to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and South America through our partnership with Qatar Airways, a member of the same one world alliance as JAL,” said Ross Leggett, Japan Airlines Managing Executive Officer, Route Marketing Senior Vice President. “The demand for business and leisure travel from Doha to Asia continues to grow, and we are excited to offer JAL’s renowned five-star service and unique approach to hospitality to even more travellers,” Leggett added.

Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Thierry Antinori said: “We are very pleased to welcome our oneworld partner Japan Airlines to Doha and look forward to further building our successful relationship for the worldwide customers flying from and to Japan and North Asia. It is wonderful to see how our strategy to leverage Hamad International Airport’s position as a global five-star rated hub, continues to yield results and we hope to continue to attract even more partner airlines to this major gateway and stopover destination in the future.”

The inclusion of Japan Airlines as the 10th one world airline at Hamad International Airport further solidifies the airport’s status as a crucial one world hub – promising world-class services and connectivity to over 190 passenger destinations. The introduction of Japan Airlines' direct flights to Doha is expected to stimulate travel demand and foster stronger trade ties between Qatar and Japan. By offering more travel options for Japanese passengers to major destinations in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East via Hamad International Airport, the service aims to promote increased cultural exchange and economic collaboration, benefiting passengers and industries alike.

Hamad International Airport’s recent partnerships continue to highlight Qatar's commitment to enhancing its tourism offerings in alignment with Qatar’s National Vision 2030 – showcasing the importance of the airport's innovative air service development strategy which has proven instrumental in facilitating numerous airlines' seamless establishment of routes to and from the region.

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