20 Best Things to do in Qatar

Qatar has been on my bucket list for forever and in 2022 I finally had the chance to go there for a World Cup game.

It was honestly one of the best trips of my life.

See also: 17 Best Things to do in Doha (Qatar)

If you haven’t ever planned on visiting Qatar, here are a few of the best things to do in Qatar. (Personally picked by me)

20 Best Things to do in Qatar

Watch robots race camels

Yes, you heard that right. Robots actually race camels in Qatar. (See photo below)

Camel racing is hugely popular in Qatar, with races taking place at Al Shahaniya Camel Racing Track between October and February every year. 

Originally, children would be used as jockeys for the camels, but robots have been used instead since 2004 for health and safety reasons. The robots are controlled remotely by the camel herders who often drive alongside the track.

Traditional camel dromadery race of Ash-Shahaniyah in Qatar
Traditional camel dromadery race of Ash-Shahaniyah in Qatar with robots instead of jockey

Take a tour of the North Side of the Country

Most people that visit Qatar never see the North side of the country.

This tour will make stop at Al Khor, Purple Island – Al Khor Island, Al Zubara Fort and Al Jumail.

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of renting a car and navigating yourself I highly recommend giving this tour a try.

They include PRIVATE transportation with air conditioning, bottle water and coffee or tea.

You also have options to be picked up at the airport, your hotel, or current location.

Cancellation policy – You are able to cancel up until 24 hours before the tour.

Book your tour: Private Tour of Northern Qatar

Al Jumail ruins in Qatar
Ruined ancient old Arab pearling and fishing town Al Jumail, Qatar. The desert at coast of Persian Gulf. Abandoned mosque with minaret. Deserted village. Aerial drone photography, bird’s eye view.

Khor Al-Adaid – Inland sea Doha

Just a 40 minute drive form Doha, Khor Al-Adaid is one of the best places to visit in Qatar.

The best way to see the Inland sea is by tour. This is the tour I highly recommend that will take you to all the most beautiful spots.

Road to FIFA with City Attraction Tour

We actually had the chance to go to the World Cup in Qatar in 2022. It was incredible!!

I highly recommend booking a tour to see some of the most impressive and unique stadiums of your life, like this one that is built like it is a desert tent, Al Bayt Stadium. Check it out here. (We saw the USA vs England match here). And while I admit, it wasn’t the prettiest of all the stadiums, it was unique.

When will you ever get a chance to see a soccer (football for the rest of the world) game in a tent that seats 60,000 people! It was insane.

With the tent city based in Al Khor, it is also based in one of the city’s that is holding World Cup matches – including England’s game against the United States.

Book your tour: Road to Fifa with City Attraction Tour

Another private tour that comes highly recommended is the FIFA 2022 World Cup Stadiums Tour in Qatar.

With this tour option you will visit Qatar’s largest, most culturally rich and unique stadiums – Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 Stadiums.

Including Al Bayt Stadium, Lusail Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Education City Stadium, Stadium 974, Al Thumama Stadium – all spread around different cities. 

Go Sand Boarding & Dune Bashing in the Arabian Desert

If you go to Qatar, you have to do this Sand boarding/Dune Bashing/Camel Rides/Inland Sea visit tour! It is honestly one of the best bargains you can get in Doha. To be able to include ALL of the main desert safari activities and not have to limit yourself to one is such an awesome feature.

Book your tour: (Private) Half Day Desert Safari, Camel Ride, Sand Boarding, inland Sea Visit

Camel ride in Qatar
Camel ride in Qatar

Sealine Beach, Mesaieed

Sealine beach in Qatar
Sealine beach in Qatar from top of a dune.

Go shopping at Souk Waqif

One of the best things to do in Doha.

Book your tour: Private Market Shopping Tour in Doha – Souk Waqif or Al Wakra (Hotel pickup included).

Read the full blog post here.

Souq Waqif Market in Doha Qatar
Souq Waqif Market in Doha Qatar

See the Majestic Arabian Oryx

The Arabian Oryx is Qatar’s national animal.

This majestic animal, which was saved from extinction in the 1970s by zoos and reserves, is the national animal of Qatar. You might have spotted the oryx on the Qatar Airways logo, or, if you’re a sports fan, you might recall that an oryx named Orry was the mascot for the 2006 Asian games in Doha.

Arabian Oryx Family Qatar
Arabian Oryx Family

Old Ruins Beach Qatar

Old ruins beach (Also known as Al Mafjar) is a public beach in Doha. 

Old ruin beach on the north side of qatar
Old ruin beach on the north side of qatar

Explore Al Zubara Fort

This stop is included in this highly popular tour of Northern Qatar.

Al Zubara Fort Qatar
Al Zubara Fort in Northen Qatar

Book your tour: Private Tour of Northern Qatar

Fuwairit Beach

Fuwairit Beach in Qatar
Fuwairit Beach in Qatar

Purple island Qatar

Located in the northeast of Qatar, Bin Ghannam Island, popularly known as Purple Island, is a must-visit spot. An hour’s drive from Doha, near Al Khor city, the island is famous for its natural beauty, exotic flora and fauna, and is ideal for a day trip for the whole family.

Book your purple island kayaking tour here.

Purple island Qatar
Purple island Qatar

Al Thakira Mangroves

Book your tour: Purple Island Kayaking Adventure

Zekreet Village

An antique Arabic village nestled behind a canyon in the desert of the Zekreet. Also known as Film City.

Zekreet village Doha Qatar
Oryx is national animal of state of Qatar in the desert of Zekreet, a village outside Doha, Qatar

Explore the Al Jumail Ruins

Explore this ancient deserted Arab village pearling and fishing town Al Jumail, Qatar. Located on the desert at coast of the Persian Gulf. Abandoned mosque with minaret. A view out of minaret’s window the to the sea

Al Jumail Ruins Qatar

Ras Brouq resreve

Located near Zekreet in Qatar.

Get some sun at Umm Bab Beach

Umm Bab Beach in Qatar


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