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Free things to do in Doha - Top three places to visit at no impact on the pocket

Doha is a beautiful city that can be called the epitome of human creativity. The city has so much to offer that you can spend a few days here without having to spend on any attraction or sight.


Visit the Museum of Islamic Art

Unlike most museums, the Museum of Islamic Art has its doors open to anyone and everyone. It definitely is a sight to behold, and a must-visit even if you are in the area for just a couple of days. The Museum is built on a little island that is at the end of the Doha Corniche. You need not be a pro artist or a lover of art to appreciate the exhibits at the Museum. You can clearly see the evolution of Islamic art through the ages and simply walk through, absorbing the history. The building itself is a stunning work of art done by Ieoh Ming Pei, the Chinese artist responsible for designing the pyramids in the Louvre museum. If you want a little more information, you can opt for a guided tour. There are free guided tours in English taking place on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2 pm.


Take pictures at the Doha Corniche

Simply put all your money towards one of the luxury hotels in Doha Qatar - you will be spoilt for choice; there are so many to choose from, with the likes of Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli being in the lead - and spend the day walking around the Doha Corniche. The Corniche is several km in length and takes the shape of a horseshoe. One end is connected to the West Bay business district, and the other end is at the Museum of Islamic Art. It is the best place to go for views of the city that are beyond comparison. When the Sun is not too harsh on your head, the palm-lined promenade is a great place for a relaxing walk. There are plenty of trees around, so you can simply grab a cup of coffee and plonk yourself under a tree to read, to people-watch or simply to be.


Walk through Souq Waqif

Souq is Arabic for market. Souq Waqif or the Waqif market is the oldest market in Doha. Although it is centuries old, the building you see today is a revamped version that was done in the mid-2000s. Once the refurbishing was completed, the Souq became such a key feature of the city that it is now known as the "cultural heart of Doha". As is the case with any market, you can simply lose yourself here, walking about through numerous stalls simply browsing. If you are looking for a place to buy gifts, however, this is the best place to go. There are unique souvenirs to be found here: spices, local art, antiques, traditional clothing, and trinkets that you will not find anywhere else. Amidst all these authentic elements of culture, you will also find cheap trinkets designed to lure the unsuspecting tourist. Keep an eye out for those. If you are thinking of taking a walk in the Souq to escape the Sun, however, it will not be possible. The market is open from 10 in the morning until noon, and then from 4 in the evening until 10 in the night. The true essence of Souq Waqif can be seen towards late evening when the market buzzes with life.

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