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Top Things to Experience in Doha

Doha is the seaside capital of Qatar, An Arabian state. Doha is known for its ultramodern architecture made to the tastes of ancient Islamic designs and mighty skyscrapers that adorns its skylines. As you venture further in, sandy beaches and dunes with a touch of desert life will create a whole new experience for the modern traveller. here's a list of things to do when in Doha.

1

Visit the National Museum of Qatar

The Museum's exterior alone is a marvel to look at. The building is inspired by a desert rose and resembles something of a Sci-Fi movie set rather than a museum. Masterminded by the famous architect Jean Nouvel, the building holds both architectural aesthetic value and other functions such as to protect the visitors from the scorching heat of the day. The discs offer multiple views of the surrounding areas and support the foundation. Its holds both traditional items and multimedia displays of the country's evolution throughout the years from the ancient times. You could never miss this one.

2

Walk around the Pearl-Qatar

Resembling a string of pearls and inspired by its rich history connecting to the pearl industry, the 'Pearl Qatar' is an artificial island comprising of distinct architectural marvels to suit varied purposes. We suggest you put on your walking shoes and walk around to discover what's in for you.

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Visit the Souq Waqif

The Souq Waqif is one place that the locals believe that gives an authentic touch to the Qatari's traditional architecture, culture and commerce. This market place is filled with traditional handicrafts, souvenirs, garments and spices. The places have a pet area, theatre, an art center and a few boutique Doha hotels as well.

4

Explore the Museum of Islamic Art

Imagine been coaxed out of retirement at the age of 91 to design a one of kind art museum? And this is exactly what happened to Leo Min Pei, who had to travel around the Arab world for six months to study traditional Islamic design to complete the design on the Museum. And the moment you start exploring the place, you know that the quest was a success.

The museum represents one of the most complete collections of Islamic art from over three continents spanning over 1400 years between the 7th and 19th centuries. These art forms include various textiles, woodwork, ceramics, jewellery, glass and Metalwork.
If you're a lover of modern contemporary art, then you might also want to visit the Arab Museum of Modern Art which houses a number of 19th-century art and promotes space for dialogue on art.

5

Take a stroll along the Doha Corniche

The Doha Corniche is a 7-kilometre waterfront promenade along the Doha Bay. The place is most happening during the Qatar National day and the sports day where the official celebration is held at the Corniche. The place is ideal for a stroll and is closest to most of Doha's famed landmarks as well.

6

Learn about Qatar's culture at the Katara Cultural Village

For those with a fascination for culture, traditions, art, theatre and architecture, the Katara cultural village is an ideal hangout. The villages are a collection of heritage centres, libraries, opera house, an amphitheatre, art galleries and academic facilities. There are also cafés, museum facilities, green zones, information centres and other business establishments.

7

Relax at Aspire Park

Though not labelled as a tourist attraction, the Aspire Park is a place for the community including tourists to visit after a day of site seeing, shopping and being out and about. The park houses facilities such as running and walking tracks, lush green spaces, kiddies playgrounds and a café overlooking the lake.

8

Stay at the Banana Island

A 20-minute boat ride from Doha will take you to Banana Island, an island-shaped to the description of its name. The island is also is home to Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara. It is a perfect retreat to relax and rejuvenate whilst you enjoy the comforts of the resort and mingle with nature.