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Best Things to See and Do in Qatar – A Nation of Diverse Attractions

If you visit the charming nation of Qatar, you will find a host of interesting things to see and do, including dune bashing, strolling along the Corniche, visiting Souq Waqif and more.


Dune bashing

Your visit to Qatar would not be complete without spending some time in the desert expanses and experiencing some dune bashing. On such an adventure, you will be mesmerised by the sight of the picturesque desert expanses with their impressive sand dunes. A highlight of this desert excursion would be dune bashing, where an experienced driver will take you up and down the dunes at speed in a powerful four-wheel-drive vehicle. Depending on the tour, you will have the opportunity to also camp overnight in the desert beneath the stars after a meal of local dishes.


Stroll along the Corniche

You will find that strolling along the attractive Doha Corniche would be a wonderful way of enjoying a pleasant afternoon. Visitors will see that this popular 7 km long promenade extends along the Persian Gulf and is home to attractions such as the Museum of Islamic Art. As you make your way along the Corniche, you may fly a kite, enjoy a coffee or perhaps snap a photograph alongside the well-known pearl shell which symbolises the traditional past of Qatar. Visitors can also make use of the exercise machines that have been installed for the benefit of the public.


Souq Waqif

For an authentic glimpse into Qatar's traditional culture, you should make your way to the market known as Souq Waqif. This traditional marketplace offers a unique ambience that takes one back to times long past. You will find that this intriguing souq features a labyrinth of varied shops selling goods like fabrics, sweets, spices, souvenirs, household items, artworks and even falcons. You will also notice tailors and woodcarvers engaged in their respective crafts here. When seeking the best hotels in Doha, an accommodation choice to consider which is right next to this souq would be Al Najada Doha Hotel by Tivoli.


Museum of Islamic Art

When it comes to sightseeing attractions in Doha, you should undoubtedly take the opportunity to visit the entrancing Museum of Islamic Art. Housed within a striking building, this museum presents an enthralling selection of artworks from the Islamic world. Here, you will encounter creations such as calligraphy, jewellery, textiles and pattern work drawn from no less than three continents. This museum additionally presents noteworthy rotating displays throughout the year. Art lovers are sure to be captivated by this groundbreaking museum. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy some appealing city views from the outdoor cafe.


Al Zubarah Fort

For a fascinating insight into Qatar's history and culture, make your way to Al Zubarah Fort where you will also find several other archaeological projects. Whilst some of these archaeological remnants belong to the 1700s, interestingly, the fort itself happens to be considerably younger, dating to 1938. You will see that this fort looks over the town known as Al Zubarah; two centuries ago, this town was a busy pearl fishing settlement that merchants from different parts of the world frequented. Although this town has been abandoned, it still presents an interesting and charming sight for the visitor.