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List of Best Attractions in Doha – What to visit in Doha

For many, the Middle East is a convenient stopover en route to the West or the East. Yet, some haven’t realized that cities like Doha have blossomed into lively enchanting tourist destinations.


The Artificial Island; Pearl

Off the west bay of Doha is the up-market shopping precinct and boulevard developed on reclaimed land. The thousands of expatriates gather here on a daily basis along with dozens of locals and curious tourists to enjoy all that is on offer. This includes luxurious pampering at five-star hotels in Doha, a relaxing leg stretch by the waterfront and a warm meal in a stylish restaurant of your choice.


The Old Waqif Souq

Waqif loosely translates to ‘standing market’ and true to its name, most vendors have no time to take a seat. In spite of the sprawling malls and designer stores that have sprung up over the last decade, tourists wander into the souq for a unique Qatari experience. Plan to bargain as it is all a part of the souq experience and pick aromatic spices, nuts honey, jewellery, silks and preserved lemons for you as well as literally everyone you know back at home.


A Desert Safari

Couple your desert safari with camel riding, sunset watching, sandboarding or dune bashing under the guidance of a knowledgeable local. If you reside at a hotel such as the Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar by Tivoli, they would be able to arrange a suitable tour for you. The duration could be anything between five to ten hours and you could indicate your preferences such that a tailor-made safari is created for you. A safari jeep would pick you up from your hotel, take you around and drop you off safely once you have enjoyed the golden sand, dusty dunes and scorching sun.


The Corniche

The Corniche comprises three sections; one is suitable for joggers, skaters and the like, while the second section connects the Doha International Airport to the West Bay and the third houses the administrative buildings of the city. People flock to the Corniche towards evening and enjoy the warm breeze as they stroll around while having a chat or intensely burn off calories while watching the waves of the ocean. This has been a landmark locality for time immemorial but was developed extensively in the early years of the 21st century.


The Museum of Islamic Arts

The geometric precision of the building is overwhelming, and the architect is known to have included both traditional Islamic designs and modern trends when building this edifice. The museum also benefits from its location overlooking the Persian Gulf at the southern end of the celebrated Corniche. The collection within the museum had been put together over a period of about thirty years and depicts 14 centuries worth of artefacts. The significance in these ceramics, manuscripts, textiles, tapestries and paintings is that they come from Southern Europe, Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and even Africa. Thus, the museum is successful in portraying the evolution and progress of Islam across the world in an all-encompassing manner.