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5 reasons to visit Doha, the world’s richest city - From petting a falcon to the gold plated toilets and beyond!

After Doha was chosen as the host for the FIFA 2022 World Cup, the country has sparked an interest in many. And here is a list of reasons as to why you need to choose Doha as your next holiday destination!


The Shopping

Do you know the Middle East is known to give one a fabulous shopping experience? Take the Dubai mall for example. You don't have to necessarily go to the biggest mall in the world for a fabulous shopping experience. Even Doha have offers an out of the world shopping experience. Like it's neighbouring country, Dubai, they have a similar mentality where bigger is considered better. The retail business here is exemplary where international brands from all around the world have set sail here with many franchisees covering the city. If you're looking for good accommodation in the shopping district, then you can check out some of the hotel apartments in Doha the likes of Somerset West Bay Doha, that is centrally located.


Buying a falcon

One of the places you cannot miss out when in Doha is the Souq Waqif. Are you wondering as to why? Well, this is one of the primary souqs that specialise in pretty much everything starting from gold. Not to mention, the Falcons! It is a right of passage of the men here to own a falcon and they are not at all cheap. You can purchase a falcon at a price low as $5000 and prices can reach up to $250,000. You can buy a Lamborghini instead. You do not have to head out here to buy one, you can pet them and watch these incredible creatures. If you are wondering how people can afford this bird, well around 14% of the population here are millionaires. And that should answer your question.


Camel race

Horse racing? Move aside. Now is the time to experience camel racing and in Doha, this is one of the popular attractions that attract people from all around the country. It is incredibly popular that it is even televised live on local channels. From the month of November to the month of February, the Al Shahaniya track is where all the camel racing happens. You can join in with the local population and cheer on!


Man-made island

If Dubai has got its Pam Jumeira, then Doha has its Pearl. This is a hangout spot for the local millionaires. This is one of the exclusive addresses in this city. You don't have to be a millionaire to visit this place, you can chill in one of the many cafes here with friends and spend some quality time.



For the foodies, it is a mecca of sorts. Middle eastern food is not only nutritious but also delicious. Doha is considered to be a culinary centre. There are many restaurants and eateries where you can head to for an exquisite local meal that showcases all the delicious authentic flavours. And it is a must to taste it!