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Top 5 Things to do in Doha

by Travelbag on 15 October 2018, 15:10PM


The capital of Qatar is as lavish as you’d expect it to be – but you might be pleasantly surprised by just how much culture and colour there is. From its scented souks to its glittering marinas, Doha is a fascinating mixture of traditional tastes and modern styles. Where else could you find such a range of old-meets-new architecture, beautiful museums and delicious dining? There is so much to see and do in Doha – we’ve rounded up the top five things that should be on your list.


See all that glitters at Pearl-Qatar

Nicknamed ‘the Arabian Riviera’, this man-made island shows Qatari life at its most opulent. Stretching for one-and-a-half kilometres, Pearl-Qatar is teeming with luxury apartments, five-star hotels and gourmet restaurants. And the marina is probably the most impressive in the world. Go for a stroll along the waterfront, gape at gigantic superyachts, and step into Italy in Qanat Quartier. This area is filled with Mediterranean-style architecture, including a made-to-measure replica of Venice’s Rialto Bridge. Extravagance is definitely the theme of the day here.


Step back in time in Souq Waqif

Like any modern city, Doha has several gleaming malls crammed with brightly-lit stores. But, if you want a more authentic shopping experience, head to Souq Waqif. Although the market was refurbished in 2004, this place has been a trading spot for centuries. The spice-scented alleyways are a maze of traditional clothes, sweet perfumes and cooking ingredients. You’ll see tailors creating outfits from patterned fabrics, and locals catching up in the shisha lounges. Most of the shops close at lunchtime for a couple of hours, before reopening around four o’clock. We’d recommend going in the evening, when the lights and atmosphere give Souq Waqif a magical feel.


Spend an afternoon in the Museum of Islamic Art

At a first glance, it might look like Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is floating. But it was actually built on its very own island, to make sure that no other buildings would ever obstruct it – which is understandable, really, when you see how cool the building is. Inside, meanwhile, you’ll find beautiful examples of textiles, ceramics and glass, with some dating back to the ninth century. Entry is free, but it’s best to plan ahead as you’ll need to cover your shoulders and knees to enter the museum. If you fancy a treat, head upstairs to IDAM. Right at the top of the museum, this fine-dining restaurant serves French dishes with an Arabian twist, while the terrace has stunning views of the city skyline.



Be amazed by Katara Cultural Village

Just around the corner from MIA is Katara Cultural Village – another highlight of Doha. The architecture is simply amazing. Covered in turquoise and purple mosaics, the grand Katara Mosque is a must-see. Meanwhile, the 5000-capacity Katara Amphitheatre has been built in the Greek style, with added Islamic features to give it a contemporary feel. There’s also a theatre, an opera house and the beautiful Katara Gardens. This colourful space is home to over 200 kinds of plants from countries all over the world, including Cuba, India and America. The gardens are a symbol of peace and unity – the perfect spot for a relaxing walk in the sunshine.



Eat your way around the world

Qatar’s capital city is overflowing with delicious places to eat, showcasing cuisines from across the globe. Whether you’re looking for Mexican food, Japanese specialities or vegan dishes, Doha has a restaurant for you. If you’re into Moroccan cuisine, Argan is the place to go – it even bagged a spot on the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Tucked away in Souq Waqif, Argan combines flavour-filled food with bright decor. For something a little more casual, why not try Bandar Aden? This place serves up traditional dishes from Yemen. Get comfy as you sit on the carpet and tuck into rich stews, stone-cooked meats and fresh fish.  



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