Discover Qatar’s rich culture, history, and influence during your Qatar stopover.
Originally a pearling and fishing settlement, Qatar has a long history as an important trade hub in the region. Today it is a dramatic mix of traditional and contemporary culture as seen along the Corniche where traditional dhow boats coast along Gulf waters amid a backdrop of dazzling modern skyscrapers.
Also located on the Corniche is the Museum of Islamic Art. Designed by renowned architect, I.M. Pei, it houses a unique collection detailing the spirit, intricacy, and variety of Islamic art from the 7th to 19th century. History enthusiasts can delve deep into local history with a special visit to Sheik Faisal’s Museum to view his enviable collection of Arabian antiquities. Meanwhile, modern art lovers will appreciate the newly opened Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art.
Approximately an hour outside of Doha, the Inland Sea, or Khor Al Udaid, is a naturally formed inlet of the Gulf. This remarkable landscape is home to awe-inspiring 40-metre high sand dunes and an abundance of terrestrial and marine plants and animals. Schedule a desert safari or dune bashing trip to traverse this untouched part of Qatar and get in touch with your inner explorer. Adventurers will also appreciate the many water and beach sports available at various resorts and hotels throughout Doha.
Sports enthusiasts will also enjoy a chance to golf on Doha’s championship course or take in a football match or horse race. For a taste of local sporting traditions, attend a camel race held during the late fall through late winter.
Delight in an abundance of world cuisines, 5-star restaurants, and award-winning chefs.
Food and drink are an integral part of Qatari culture and hospitality. In keeping with this tradition, Doha offers a multitude of cuisines to satisfy your palate including Arabic, British, Italian, French, American, Mexican, Indian, Japanese, and many others.
Indulge your inner shopaholic at any of Doha's numerous malls, shopping complexes, and souqs.
Traditionally in Arabian towns, shops were grouped according to goods they sold. In Doha, this custom is still found among the city’s many souqs. Souq Waqif, built in the style of these historical marketplaces, is the place to go for Arabian souvenirs, handicrafts, spices, incense, and perfumes. Locally harvested honey, handmade camel riding equipment, pottery, incense, and flowers can be found at the Omani Souq. The Gold Souq is the best place to browse beautiful gold and silver jewellery or order a specially handcrafted piece.
Fashionistas will appreciate shopping the latest trends at one of Doha’s many grand malls. Located in the heart of Doha’s breathtaking skyline, City Centre mall offers 300,000 sq. m. of shops, restaurants, two ice skating rinks, a climbing wall, a cinema, and bowling alley. Villaggio mall is designed in the style of an Italian village with a 500-metre long Venetian canal and gondolas. In addition to its array of shops and stores, Villaggio mall also houses a cinema, bowling alley, ice skating rink, and family amusement park. Or, stroll through the Pearl-Qatar, a manmade island built on an old pearl diving site off the coast of Qatar. This Arabian Rivera offers an exclusive selection of 5-star restaurants and upscale designer boutiques.
Doha comes alive at night with twinkling lights, bustling restaurants, and a thriving social scene.
Enjoy Doha’s numerous bars and nightclubs located in major hotels including the Ramada Plaza, W Hotel, or Sheraton Resort. Or attend a show by one of the internationally popular musicians, major dance groups, or entertainers that regularly perform in Doha.
If you are looking for a more authentic Arabian nightlife experience, visit one of the many shisha lounges. Relax on oversized throw pillows as you inhale fruit-flavoured smoke from a hookah or water pipe. Or settle in at a cafe at Souq Waqif or on a blanket along the Corniche and enjoy the evening scenery.