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What to Do in 24 Hours in Doha – Transit Activities in Doha

On your journey from east to the west or vice versa, the chances are that you will be on a one-day layover in Qatar, which is a popular transit hub that connects the two ends of the world. Here are some tips on how to make the best out of a day in Qatar.


9:00 a. m. - Explore the Museum of Islamic Art

The Museum of Islamic Arts is a must-visit during your short stay at Doha. Lying within a 16-minute driving distance from Hamad International Airport, it is truly an architectural wonder. It was designed by the renowned architect I. M. Pei, who is also the brainchild behind Louvre's glass pyramids. The pyramid-like structure seems to look right at you with its almond-shaped eyes, which resembles a woman's eyes peeking over a niqab. Standing on its own island, which was built from scratch, this evocative construction provides fascinating views to the glistening waters of the Gulf through its iconic arches. It houses a humongous collection of artefacts and other artwork that relates to Islam in one way or the other.


11:00 a. m. – Step into the National Museum of Qatar

Lying close to the Museum of Islamic Art is another national treasure that makes the Qatari nation rather proud of their heritage. The National Museum of Qatar offers mesmerising insights into the architectural extremes at first glance. Resembling the 'desert rose,' a mineral formation in the Gulf desserts, the museum takes one's breath away with its artfully stacked saucer-like arrangements. This masterpiece of a museum was designed by the famous French architect Atelier Nouvel. You can take a self-guided tour and explore the museum at your own space. An interactive area for children offers hands-on activities to explore native animals and historical incidents, thus offering something for everyone is a strong suit of this thriving house of Qatari heritage.


12:30 p. m. – Make a stop at the Pearl Qatar

The Pearl Island in Qatar, which is entirely man-made, has been just a stretch of sea water many years ago. As of now, it is a series of interconnected islands, each of which has its very own distinctive character. Located less than 20 kilometres away from the National Museum of Qatar, you can reach this astounding creation of man via Lusail Expressway or Al Jamiaa Street. The islands drip with high-end designer shops and automobile distributors in every nook and corner. You can even have your lunch here to experience some delicious Qatari delicacies.


2:00 p. m. – Relax at the Katara Cultural Village

Katara Cultural Village is a dynamic and multifaceted cultural project of the State of Qatar. Situated within a 9-minute drive from Pearl Qatar, it is a space for arts and related entertainment that is housed using a blend of traditional and modern architecture. You will be rewarded with endless wandering opportunities in its many alleys and pathways scattered in theatres, mosques, pigeon houses, and a variety of other spaces that offer multi-cultural activities. The fantastic coastal views will help you to relax and refresh after a long day of exploring Doha.


5:00 p. m. – Tour Souq Waqif

To leave Doha without even a glimpse of this historical marvel of the Qatari community can be considered an utter waste of time. At the entrance of Souq Waqif, you will be greeted by the many flocks of pigeons. The souq exhibits a bustling atmosphere by day, which transforms into a somewhat relaxed state by evening when everyone starts to either shop or socialise. The livestock area is a major attraction of the souq with its many four-legged animals.


7:00 p. m. – Have Dinner

Before departure, why not have one last taste of the many flavours of the Qatari cuisine. Enjoy dining in the open air with amazing views of the surrounding cityscape at one of the hotels in Doha Qatar the likes of Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli.

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