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Things to try in Doha to get the most out of your trip – Don't miss out

When you're planning to visit Doha, it's crucial to figure out what you want to do before heading there, so you'll be able to make the most of your trip.


Find a place to stay

The options are endless. Doha is rapidly developing and it's hard to pick a place that will suit your budget and your tastes. If you're looking for a luxury hotel in Doha, fear not, as there are so many to choose from which will make you never want to leave the country, such as Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara. Search for a comfortable hotel which will provide you with a list of things to do along with facilities that will make your stay even more enjoyable! Remember, comfort is key!



When you're travelling to an exotic land like Doha, it is imperative to visit museums in order to get a better understanding of the country's culture and history. The Qatar National Museum is your first stop. The building, designed by Jean Nouvel was inspired by the shape of the desert rose petals. Visitors to the museum will be able to learn about Qatari traditions that stemmed from their ancestors along with the formation of its cities. Some of the other popular museums to visit are the MATHAF – Arab Museum of Modern Art, ALRIWAQ, Katara Art Center, Anima Gallery and many more.



Qatari food is a concoction of amazing flavours that will send your taste buds on a rollercoaster! When you're looking for local food to try out in Qatar, try the famous Machboos; a combination of spiced flavoured rice served with well marinated chicken or seafood. The shawarma is a local delicacy and quite common to the Middle Eastern nations, so don't forget to try this delectable wrap. Other popular local dishes include Harees, Thareed, Balaleet, Luqaimat and many other dishes that will make you drool and crave for more! However, Doha's rapid growth also means that there are many international food chains and a variety of cuisines available where diners can choose from.



There are plenty of things you can do once you're in Doha, from playing golf, taking a dhow ride, exploring forts or dune bashing! The list is endless, however, the activities mentioned here should definitely be some of the things you must do while in Doha. Dune bashing is fun for everyone, as you ride through the hot sands of the desert while possibly spotting some wild camels! If you prefer something more relaxing, try golfing at one of the many golf terrains located in Qatar. A dhow ride is the ideal way to admire the local skyline as you glide through the shimmering waters. If you intend on taking a dhow ride during the day, you'll be able to get a glimpse of a traditional way of life of locals who sail the water of the Gulf on these dhows. Put on your trainers and explore the cobbled and rustic pathways of the local forts. The Doha Fort in particular was built in the 19th century and has a rich story to tell.