17 Best Things to do in Doha (Qatar)

17 Things to do in Doha

Doha is the capitol of Qatar, a small country in the Middle East. The city of Doha has more people than the rest of Qatar combined.

It is known as a mini version of Dubai due to its futuristic architecture and similar expatriate-majority demographics.

Where is Doha, Qatar located?

See Doha on Map below.

Things to know before visiting Doha

Currency – QAR $1 USD = 3.64 Qatari Rial

Dress code – Make sure to check the dress code before visiting.

Interesting Facts about Qatar

  • Qatar is the second flattest country in the world. (Maldives are the flattest)
  • Qatar is the second safest country in the world.
  • Men outnumber women here to one.
  • Just 15 percent of the country is Qatari
  • Khor Al Adaid is one of the only places in the world where the sea meets desert.
  • Qatar is a peninsula, which means it is surrounded by water on most of its sides, giving it a long coastline with a length of 563 km.
  • Population of Doha – 2.382 million (2018)
  • Population of Qatar – 2.931 million (2021)
  • How many Americans live in Qatar? – About 15,000

17 Best Things to do in Doha

Go on an epic Dune Safari

Book your tour: Desert Safari with Camel Ride, Sand Boarding & Inland Sea Tour in Doha

Desert Safari Qatar
Desert Safari Qatar

Here are the most popular Dune Safari tours:

Visit the famous Souq Waqif Doha

One of the best places to visit in Doha is the Souq Waqif.

Built on the site of Doha’s century-old trading market, Souq Waqif’s winding alleys with merchants selling traditional garments, spice and handicrafts remain an important part of daily life in Qatar.

Souq Waqif in Doha Qatar.

Villaggio Mall, Al Waab Street

Villaggio Mall is a shopping mall located in the Aspire Zone in the west end of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. It is located on Al Waab street between the Hyatt Plaza and Sports City and has over 200 stores, including many famous brands in the U.S., U.K., Italian and German markets.

Villaggio Mall Doha Qatar
Villaggio Mall in Doha Qatar

Visit Khor Al Adaid

The Khor Al-Adaid area, also known as the ‘Inland Sea’, is located in the south-east of the State of Qatar. 

This is the tour I recommend booking.

Book your tour: Desert Safari with Camel Ride, Sand Boarding & Inland Sea Tour in Doha

Inland sea of the Sealine Desert just out of Doha, Qatar.
Khor Al Adaid (Inland sea) of the Sealine Desert just out of Doha, Qatar.

Visit The National Museum of Qatar

Low angle elevation view of the National Museum located in the capital city of Qatar, Doha. Opened to the public in the year 2019, the structure of this museum has been inspired by the desert rose found in Qatar.

National Museum of Qatar Doha
National Museum of Qatar.

Go Cycling on the longest continuous cycle path in the world

The Olympic Cycling Track in Doha holds a Guinness World Record for being the longest continuous cycle path in the world, which is 33 kilometres long. Created by Ashghal, the public works authority in Qatar, the track was completed in 2020. It runs through 18 underpasses to ensure uninterrupted movement.

The track also holds the record for the longest piece of asphalt concrete laid continuously, with a length of 25.3 kilometres.

Road to Fifa Attraction tour

Book your tour: Road to Fifa Attraction Tour

The Pearl-Qatar

This Man made Island in the state of Qatar is built as a luxurious symbol. Offering luxurious brands and showrooms of RollsRoyce and Ferrari, this place surely will amaze you with the view.

The Pearl Qatar Doha
The Pearl Qatar Doha

Qanat Quartier

Qanat Quartier precinct is a private and picturesque community where Venetian charm meets Arabian chic. With pastel-colored low-rise buildings, intricate canals, pedestrian-friendly piazzas, Qanat Quartier precinct is the State of Qatar’s very own little Venice.

Qanat Quartier Doha
Qanat Quartier in Doha

Katara Cultural Village

Katara Cultural Village
Katara Cultural Village in Doha

Corniche

Corniche Doha Qatar
Corniche traditional boat tours

Museum of Islamic art

Museum of Islamic Art in Doha Qatar
Museum of Islamic Art. Taken from MIA Park in Doha.

The Doha Tower or Burj Doha Skyscraper

The Burj Doha is one of the most iconic buildings in the West Bay. It even won the honor of being named the best tall building in the world in 2012.

Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the 46-storey tower has a number of unique features you might not have noticed. First off, the building has no central core, and became the first skyscraper to use internal reinforced concrete diagrid columns, which blend in with the building’s façade.

The façade itself, alongside being beautiful and a reference to the ancient Islamic design Mashrabiya, protects the building from the sun, and varies in density around the building depending on where the sun hits it. That’s all pretty amazing, but we’re mainly fans of the building at night, when it lights up.

Doha Tower or Doha Burj
Doha Tower or Doha Burj, view from Doha Corniche, near Costa Coffee.

Mia park

MIA park offers spectacular view of Doha and is spacious enough for social distancing. Since Qatar is a hot country walk in a park is the best early in the morning. Getting up early in the morning rewards you after walking to the tip with spectacular sunrise! Descending planes towards the airport over the sun rising add to the experience. Plenty of parking helps and there is always a little breeze from the gulfs to cool things down.

Hotel park 

Open 12am to 11:59pm 24 hrs.

Holidays in Qatar

It is a good idea to be aware when traveling to Qatar of any holidays you might hit while you are there. For example if you are there during Ramadan you won’t be able to eat outside for the entire time you are there. 

Ramadan is when Muslums fast from dawn until sunset. During this time Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations; in some interpretations, they also refrain from swearing. 

Ramadan 2023 in Qatar will begin in the evening of Wednesday, March 22 and ends in the evening of Thursday, April 20.

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