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Best Activities to Do in Doha - Top Things to Do during a Getaway in Doha

As a popular tourist destination, the capital of Qatar offers visitors a wide range of exciting activities. From discovering cultural landmarks to shopping like a local, here are some of the best things to do during a holiday in this dynamic metropolis.


Shop in a Traditional Souq

No trip to Doha would be complete without a shopping spree in some of the city's most ancient and conventional retail hubs. The Souq Waqif is Doha's best-loved and most frequented marketplace where tourists can catch a glimpse of what retail therapy may have meant to those who inhabited the city in centuries past. Also known as a Standing Market, this labyrinth full of stalls is the perfect place to pick up spices, perfumes, and oriental rugs as well as other souvenirs. The gold shops and the restaurants located inside the city's oldest market also make the trip well worth it.


Hit the Malls

Those in search of a more contemporary shopping experience should not miss the chance to stock up on luxury goods at Doha's iconic malls and department stores. Known for their grand scale and size, malls in Doha occupy several acres and are home to hundreds of boutiques selling everything from clothing and fashion accessories to furniture and homeware. Some of the city's top malls include Villagio, The City Centre Mall, Lagoona Mall, and Tawar Mall.


Tour the National Museum

Ranked among the city's most illustrious cultural institutions, the National Museum of Qatar is another landmark that tourists must explore during a stay in Doha. Documenting the country's complex history with impressive exhibits, it is no wonder the venue was named among Time Magazine's Greatest Places to Visit in 2019. As one of the world's most popular museums, this compound spread out over a vast expanse is divided into three sections named 'Beginnings', 'Life in Qatar' and 'Modern History of Qatar.'


Spend Time at the Pearl Qatar

Those who are based at the Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara or any one of the other Doha hotels must also set aside time in their itinerary to explore The Pearl. As a manmade island just off the coast of the city's West Bay Lagoon, the venue occupies 4 square kilometres and is considered one of Doha's largest recreational hotspots. Home to stunning beaches and entertainment venues, the fine dining restaurants and well-maintained public parks make The Pearl a great location for a weekend getaway or a romantic day out.


Splash Around

Located 15km from Downtown Doha, Aqua Park is one of the city's favourite leisure venues for a number of reasons. Travellers will find that children and adults of all ages can have a grand old time at this water park where thrilling rides and relaxing bodies of water are all part of the landscape. In addition to its multiple slides, wave pool, and lazy river, the water park is also home to its own restaurant and bar where one can grab a pint or a wholesome meal after splashing around for hours.