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Amazing things to do in Qatar - Why Doha has become a must visit

Renowned as one of the world's wealthiest cities in Qatar, Doha is also a coveted tourist destination for the masses. Here are some of the main reasons why the city is a big hit with travellers.


The Food

Thanks to the diverse and multicultural population of Doha, the city is a food lover's dream come true. The Qatari capital is not only the best place to unwind and relax at a shisha lounge but also a dynamic dining hotspot for lovers of various cuisines. Whether one is looking for authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, Thai, Korean, Italian, Indian or American dishes, the chances of finding what one's heart desires on the city's restaurant menus is quite high. Those in search of authentic Arabic fare and Middle Eastern favourites should head down to Turkey Central which is located down Al-Mirghab Street.


The Shopping

World class shopping malls and retail opportunities are another reason why large numbers of visitors from around the globe head to Doha. When it comes to high-end malls and department stores, the choices are seemingly endless. From the largest shopping complex in all of Qatar, City centre Doha to the iconic Villagio and the Landmark Shopping Mall, purchasing branded goods and fashion labels from around the world is all in a day's shopping spree for tourists based in Doha. The Mall is no less impressive although the venue is the oldest of the city's shopping complexes as the first mall to be established in Doha.


The Museums

Home to some of the Middle East's finest cultural and art institutions, culture buffs should visit the many illustrious malls scattered around the city. As one of the most popular attractions in the city the Museum of Islamic Art was designed by none other than I'm Pei, the architect behind the Louvre Pyramid, the venue is located in its own island. Showcasing an impressive collection of textiles, statues, artwork, ceramics and ancient manuscripts the museum is spread out over a whopping 4000 square meters.


Heritage Attractions

As any global city and tourist hub, the Qatari capital is also full of heritage sites that hark back to the opulence of the country's history. The key historical points of interest located in Doha include the Al Koot Fort which dates back to 1880. The Ottoman era fort not only served as a defence mechanism but was also used as the country's ethnographic museum. The Clock Tower near the Grand Mosque is another interesting tourist travel attraction as it also offers spectacular views of the city's Corniche.


Recreational Highlights

Lined with exciting recreational and leisure options, the city is the perfect playground for the young and the old. Visitors based in Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara or any of the countless other 5-star hotels in Doha can head to the Al Corniche, a stunning seaside boulevard which circles the Doha Bay and provides gorgeous views of the city's skyline and the ocean. With facilities for jogging and rollerblading the venue is a hotbed of activity all day long.