Quick guide to MIA Park

Outdoor life art meets exercise at this pretty park

Quick guide to MIA Park

So where are you taking me?
One of Doha’s most popular parks. It’s centrally located, just next to the Museum of Islamic Art on the Corniche, and beautiful, with plenty of activities for park-goers.

The Museum of Islamic Art, eh? So is the park arty, too?
It is actually. Not only is it a perfectly landscaped park but it’s also home to Al Riwaq Art Gallery and, when the weather is cool, there are also frequent open-air jazz performances. Plus, we can’t forget the epic ‘7’ sculpture, an almost 80-foot high steel artwork by American sculptor Richard Serra inspired by a minaret in Afghanistan (pictured right).

Sounds interesting. You also mentioned activities. What kind of activities?
You can go paddle boating, kayaking, rent bikes, try stand-up paddle boarding or even test yourself in a regular bootcamp that’s held each week. Nothing is stopping you from taking a leisurely walk either. It’s a great place to get outside and do a little exercise.

And what about the café you spoke of? Is the food good?
It’s great, in fact. There is an outdoor seating area with stunning views of West Bay and Doha’s burgeoning skyline. Everything about it says ‘impressive’ – even the comfortable chairs are designer. The food served is general light café fare with a distinctly gourmet twist.

Is there shopping to be done? I love to spend.
Sure. If you’re itching to flash your riyals then there’s always a lovely little souvenir shop near the café where you can pick up bespoke Damien Hirst items or Philippe Stark kites, for example. The park also regularly plays host to a bazaar full of crafty local vendors selling their homemade wares and snacks.

I have small kids. Will they like it, too?
Definitely. Firstly, what kid doesn’t love being outside and frolicking around a park? Especially when said park has an awesome playground with three spaces full of fun play equipment for children of different ages (two to five, five to 12 and 12 to 16). There’s also a bungee trampoline and, well, everything else we just mentioned above. Oh, and the café serves ice cream. As long as there’s ice cream, they’ll be happy.

Only at MIA Park

Jazz in the park

For free, toe-tapping, open-air music concerts by talented international acts, look no further. Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha and the Museum of Islamic Art have joined together to offer park-goers world-class performances by the visiting musicians – who come in from New York – by the café and to a beautiful backdrop of the Doha skyline.
Visit www.jalcdoha.com.

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