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06 Things to do for free in Doha – Attractions of Doha without price tags

Whether it is a layover or a planned trip, time spent in Doha is always satisfactory. This is where tradition and modernity walk hand in hand, culture and external influence reside together.

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Souk Waqif

This bustling marketplace is an emblem of Doha's triumphant attempt to uphold its culture and tradition. The labyrinth of alleyways is stacked with traditional, Islamic merchandise. Visiting Souk Waqif doesn't have to take anything out of your pocket – and it doesn't take a long while to get there if you are staying at Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar by Tivoli. There are plenty of tables and chairs placed all over the market where you can sit; you can find yourself a comfortable corner and watch people pass by, or you can walk around the market and disappear into the bustle. But if you want to buy something that'll remind you of your trip to Doha, there's an array of gift items; all of which are touched by Islamic creativity.

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Katara Village

The cultural village is a must-visit if you are someone who likes learning about culture and village without exception. The village has a myriad of things to offer, and everything harks back to the bygone era of Qatar. It takes only a short walk from Doha's West Bay to reach the village, and many 5 star hotels in Doha includes Katara Village in their cultural tours. The village is a time capsule that encases museums and galleries housing various artefacts and artworks. The restaurants and cafes found at the village supply you with traditional Qatar dishes, and the quintessential Qatar commodity, shisha.

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The Museum of Islamic Art

15-minute drive from Hamad International Airport is the Museum of Islamic Art. Located right next to Doha Corniche, the museum has a long a walkway – flanked with palm trees and a fountain cutting through it – leading up to the entrance. Right in front of the building is another fountain with water shooting upwards. After you enter the building, you'll be fascinated by the fitting architecture that conveys the Islamic message. Once you are inside the building – you'll have to leave your belongings at the concierge – you see the stupendous staircase that takes most of the space of the floor: there's also a cafeteria. The staircase leads up to the upper floors where you'll find the exhibits. The collection is absolutely magnificent, and every item has history and a story behind it. The museum was architected by the renowned Chinese architect Ming Pei, whose architectural expertise materialised the Louvre pyramid in Paris. The breathtaking design of the building and the accumulation of artwork stand together in enthralling those who visit.

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The Pearl

The man-made island spans over four million square meters. Located offshore of Doha's West Bay, The Pearl is the first freehold that's available to other nationals. The island is named The Pearl because it is built on one of the old pearl diving sites.

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The Doha Corniche

Doha Corniche is another breathtaking creation. You cannot take in the grand vastness of it in one glance. To that end, there's a promenade that allows you to walk the length of the waterfront. On one side, there are bushes of colourful flowers lining the promenade, and on the other side, there's a crowd of towering buildings that seem to touch the sky. The best time to visit is the night time; at night, the corniche transforms itself into a fairy/futuristic world – all the skyscrapers are lit up with lights that issue multiple colours, and the reservoir of water gleams in response; the boats that are anchored in the waters are decorated with lights as well.

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Villaggio Mall

The mall has taken inspiration from Venice; Villaggio Mall is a new addition to Doha's collection of treasures. The mall flanks a canal that offers gondola rides. Inside the mall are shops and restaurants where you can buy something to eat or drink; there's also a theme park, an ice hockey rink, a rollercoaster and a bowling centre.

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