Doha, the capital of Qatar, is a modern city on the Arabian Gulf coast. The city has seen a spectacular development in the last 25 years and became one of the richest cities in the world judging by per capita income, according to Forbes.
In addition, Doha is one of the safest cities on the planet and treats visitors with a lot of hospitality. Holidays in Doha include a rich variety of delicious traditional recipes, lots of adventures, wonderful beaches and sand dunes, and of course high temperatures and summer all year long.
Here’s a quick guide to 5 of the best things you can do in the capital of Qatar:
Visit the Museum of Islamic Art. This museum is one of the most important cultural landmarks in Qatar. It depicts the Islamic art on the three continents over 1400 years. The museum hosts collections of some of the oldest and most valuable artifacts in the Middle East, crafted in wonderful places such as Turkey, Iran and Egypt, all connected to Islamic history. In addition to these artifacts, in the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha you’ll be able to learn about the different calligraphy methods used by the artists, and check out a lot of mesmerizing ceramic objects discovered over time. Inside the museum you will also be able to enjoy many art exhibitions with works by international and local artists.
Drive a jeep through the sand dunes in the desert. Also called “dune bashing”, this type of desert safari can be considered one of the best adventures in Qatar. Tall and steep, the sand dunes will accompany you on a thrilling and stunning stroll (on your own) along the desert, to the sea. You can also choose to spend the night in one of the Arabian tents at the end of the jeep ride, where you will also enjoy a delicious local dish.
Visit the traditional Souq Waqif. If you are looking for an authentic experience with extraordinary nightlife, Souq Waqif is the best place for you. This magnificent bazaar is the oldest market in Qatar’s capital and a tourist destination not to be missed. It is the perfect place to get to know local traditions through the culinary and perfume products sold by merchants in a stunning architectural environment. Traditional art, cultural performances and music enrich the atmosphere of the place. Lose yourself in this colorful maze and do not forget to buy some spices, desserts and souvenirs for those you love at home.
Visit the Al Zubara fortress. The first trip to Doha should not miss a visit to Al Zubara fortress, located near Al Ruwais. The name of the citadel comes from the city of Zubara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Al Zubara fortress is one of the best examples of Arabic architecture in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Participate in a sport event. In Doha, you will discover a spectacular sports infrastructure, with new stadiums built to accommodate the fans and tourists waiting for the World Cup in 2022. At the same time, every year there are ATP and WTA World Tours in the Qatari capital, where huge tennis players meet, including Roger Federer and Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki. Last but not least, in Doha you can participate in horse or camel racing and golf competitions.