Visit capital city of Qatar- Doha
Qatar, the country well known for its jaw dropping skyscrapers, is in news for all the right reasons: The FIFA world cup of 2022 that it is going to host. Naturally, Qatar is among travelers’ most sought after destinations of the Gulf world with its urban vacation infrastructure. Among Gulf nation’s premier and ultra modern cities, the capital of Qatar, Doha is a city in making. Set to become a modern, high tech legend equipped with grand infrastructure and fascinating recreational facilities, Doha is the place to be. Easily accessible, Doha is well connected thanks to the new forming connectivity alliances and growing airway industry. Read on as we count down the top things you can’t skip when travelling Doha:
A good old fashioned Urban-Nature study at the Al Corniche
Al Corniche adds charm to Qatar’s capital with its wide seaside promenade and paradisiacal views of the Palm Tree Island. The skyscrapers are a bonus if you appreciate the grand urban landscapes.
Quick tip: Visit on Friday morning if you prefer the serenity.
Some Sightseeing Doha at the Old Clock Tower
Adjacent to the Grand Mosque, Doha’s Clock Tower gives some great views of the corniche. Situated on a hill, the place is pretty interesting for a linguistic buff.
Explore at Museum of the Islamic Art
Designed by the architectural legend IM Pei, Museum of the Islamic Art is located amidst beautiful lawns, ornamental trees and appears more of a adorned monument than a museum. A postmodern fortress of minimalism style, the Museum of the Islamic Art has the widest collection of Islamic art across the world. Showcasing artifacts and other items arranged from three continents, the museum indeed hosts exquisite works of art. A cafe downstairs will keep your cravings satiated too.
Quick Tip: For other museums and collections Doha travel, call beforehand to check the opening hours.
Dinner and Corniche view aboard a Dhow Ride
Conventional but the charming Dhow Ride at the Doha bay is something that you can’t miss. If you fancy a view of the Corniche aboard a boat from the bay then Dhow Ride is a must for you. You can hire local fishing boats (close to the Al-Mourjan restaurant) if you feel spontaneous and enjoy some amazing dinner and local music and culture.
Quick Tip: Get your operator to book the ride for you for cruise Doha accommodation.
A Heritage House Visit
The Heritage Museum was formerly the ethnographic museum and has now been restored as the traditional house that once was in 1935. If you fancy some local architectural designs then visiting the museum for badghir (wind tower) must be on your itinerary. The square shaped wind tower used to be a common architectural feature as it assists during hotter climates before air-conditioning ruled the market. The Museum’s opening hours are usually subject to speculation but the Badghir is worth a visit.
Souvenir Shopping at the Souq Waqif
Home to some amazing puzzling corridors, Arabic market quarter of Doha, the Souq Waqif is a place you can’t skip visiting. Well organized with distinct sections for items like spices, textiles, falcons, etc the market is a great place to get some authentic souvenirs and enjoy some Sheesha. Food at the restaurants is fairly good too.
Architectural admiration at Al Zubara Fort
To visit the Al Zubara Fort, you will have to travel100 km west of Doha, where the town of Al Zubara lies. The place is renowned for archaeological reasons and the fort which now serves as a museum. The fort is a beautiful square-shaped structure with well designed circular towers that lie in three of the corners. The fourth corner has a rectangular tower which makes it an architectural gem too.
A study in the part with Heritage library
Hosting an extensive collection of more than 51,000 books in numerous languages, 600 antique maps, and several manuscripts, original photographs, the Heritage Library is a classic portal for those with a knack for culture and penchant for documented history.
Getting around in Doha
Getting around in the capital might prove to be a bit hectic but certain apps for hiring cabs function well and hiring limousines or Karwas is another options that travelers can resort to. Another suggestion is to keep abreast with Doha mapping and navigation services since not having any street numbers or plates for easy street identification might confuse some travelers. The local addresses contain Landmarks so guides and cab drivers will help your navigate.
Where to stay?
Doha is bounty of accommodation options that suit an extensive range of budget. Whether it is a luxury stay that you are looking for or a long term apartment rental or just a budget-friendly holiday, Doha has it all. In fact, there are some hotels that help manage visa requirements so travelers can also stay at the hotels that help navigate through the tourism visa applications.
For the quintessential Doha travel experience, enjoy a nice cup of mint tea at the famed Asherg coffee house at the Souq. Foodies would cherish some delectable Qatari cuisine at the famed Al-Tawash restaurant of the Souq that has some classic Bedouin seating setting.