City Guide


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Doha is a hugely dynamic city which takes its range of sightseeing attractions seriously. Shopping and eating out are extremely worthwhile activities in Doha, where ultramodern malls, glamorous restaurants, and bustling markets called souqs combine to offer a melange of traditional and modern food and retail opportunities. A stroll along the Corniche (promenade) at sunset is another must in Doha, allowing travellers to see the glittering coastal city at its best.

Doha has a range of museums and galleries offering respite from the desert heat, some of the most popular include the National Museum and Doha Fort. The Ethnographic Museum and the swords and knives on display at the Weaponry Museum are equally fascinating and offer visitors a glimpse into the history of this proud country. The undisputed gem of Doha's cultural scene, however, is the Museum of Islamic Art.

Some enticing excursions out of the city are made possible by numerous tour operators, with camel rides and racing events and dune boarding good options to explore the stark beauty of the seemingly endless stretch of desert beyond Doha. There are also some interesting smaller coastal cities and towns within easy reach, for those who want a taste of Qatar's more traditional face.

Al Koot seen behind Restaurant Alley

Doha Fort (Al Koot)

Deep in the heart of Doha sits Al Koot, also known simply as the Doha Fort. This Moorish-style relic of military power now exhibits historical photographs and artwork depicting daily life in Qatar, as well as exhibitions detailing many Bedouin Sadu handicrafts and...  see full details

Museum of Islamic Art

Museum of Islamic Art

Qatar is rapidly making a name for itself in museum development and the gem of the country's cultural offering is Doha's Museum of Islamic Art. The museum houses an exquisite collection of artworks from all over the Islamic world. The pieces on display date...  see full details

Corniche, Doha

Doha Corniche

The Doha Corniche is a beautiful waterfront promenade and one of the most popular areas in Doha for tourists and locals alike. Now one of the most attractive areas of the city, the Corniche was formed after nearly 15 years of dredging...  see full details


Shisha Bars

A quintessential Arabian pastime and a fun alternative for western visitors to Qatar who are missing their regular nightlife options, shisha bars are where friends gather to sit, chat, and share a smoke of a water-pipe together.

The design of the shisha...  see full details

Souq Waqif

Doha Souqs

Doha is world-famous for its collection of souqs, which are largely open-air marketplaces selling a wide variety of goods. Shopaholics will feel as though they've died and gone to heaven when perusing Doha's incredible range of souqs, where anything and everything can be...  see full details

Dusk at the Pearl Qatar

The Pearl–Qatar

The Pearl is a staggering feat of human engineering and one of Doha's hottest new tourist areas. An artificial island located in the West Bay and spanning more than 985 acres (400 hectares), The Pearl is a world-class luxury accommodation and beach resort...  see full details