Known for welcoming thousands of ex-pats every year, Qatar is undoubtedly among the most visited countries in the world. Tons of tourists and business professionals land Al Hamad International Airport daily making it an extremely busy transit spot. If you ever get a chance to explore the rich gulf country, don’t miss the opportunity because the Gulf nation is filled with stunning attractions which will make your trip exciting.
Here are the best things to do in Qatar:
If you have to pick only one thing out of all the several activities, choose dune bashing. This is the reason we have it on top of our list.
Exploring the steep sand dunes on a 4×4 is a luxury in itself. The ups and highs in the glistening sand will give you a feeling which is similar to riding a roller coaster. You even spend some quality time in the traditional Arab tents.
Many operators in Qatar will offer you dune bashing. This includes picking you up from your hotel place then dropping you off at the same location.
One of the most popular traditional Arab markets in the world, Souq Waqif exhibits a unique atmosphere. The shops in the market are built in the shape of a maze. These traditional shops sell diverse merchandise, from fabrics and spices to household items and art.
You can also find different restaurants there. Syrian and Lebanese restaurants are definitely worth your visit. Don’t miss to gorge on some scrumptiously grilled kebabs.
Visit the Doha Corniche
We would suggest you visit the serene coastal side in the late afternoon time when the temperature drops and it is less hot than usual. Doha Corniche is a 7 KM promenade that sprawls lavishly over a large area starting from Sheraton Hotel and ending on Museum of Islamic Art.
If you want to enjoy the mesmerizing sight of the tall buildings, get into a dhow and take-in all the magnificent views.
See the Museum of Islamic Art
Known for its splendid architecture, Museum of Islamic Art showcases the old artefacts from Islamic history. These include Islamic patterns, jewellery, textiles and calligraphy. In addition to that, for a memorable lunch, you can visit the restaurants which the building houses.
It was designed by the famous Chinese American Architect I.M. Pei.
Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum
This is a different type of museum from the conventional ones. It showcases the various items collected by Sheikh Faisal, who is a relative of the country’s Emir. He has been collecting these items since he was only 10. Sheikh has travelled to numerous different countries in the world.
The interesting collection includes textiles, old cigarette packets, ancient religious books and much more. There is a whole area that is dedicated to vintage cars. So, if you are a car enthusiast, you cannot afford to miss it.
Visit Al Zubarah Fort
Al Zubarah Fort is the first sight in Qatar to be recognised by UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort was developed in 1938. It is situated near the old pearl fishing town. Although the place is abandoned, it is still interesting for people who find archaeological sites interesting.
One thing to keep in mind is the fact that the location of Al Zubarah Fort is not obvious or noticeable. You might miss it if you are not aware of the exact location. So, do some research before heading to the historical site.
Visit the luxurious Shopping Malls
Among one of the most popular shopping malls in the country is the Villaggio Mall, a shopping centre which is home to over 200 renowned stores. The most unique feature of the mall that attracts numerous tourists is its indoor canal. You can also take a gondola ride here.
Another great shopping destination to visit is the Doha Festival City. It is a perfect spot for entertainment and shopping. Despite the popular shopping stores, it houses a cinema, an indoor snow park and a theme park.
Pro Tip: Exploring the sites through public transportation or taxi can be a bit of a hassle. A better idea to plan your journey is by hiring a car. You can opt to rent a car Doha to make your journeys comfortable and luxurious.