Al Wakrah Souq
This super authentic souk has its own Corniche and beach. There are plenty of cafés and retail spots to discover and a small park with ponies and camels for the little ones at the end. Walk around the alleyways and take advantage of Doha Metro that brings you right to the entrance with a free ride on the Metrolink.
Open daily 8.45am-11pm. Al Wakrah.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say West Bay’s scrapers are skyline goals. All beautifully lit up at night, with dhows wading around, the Corniche is a super spot to hang out at on any day of the week. Admire the glimmering turquoise waters during daytime and go for a dhow ride in the evening. There’s a café at the end, with a nice outdoor area and green lawns if you want to just relax.
Corniche Street, Doha.
There are plenty of stunning buildings in Doha, but the Education City premise is exceptionally beyond anything else you can see in the city. Expect award-winning architecture and a Ceremonial Court that is particularly Instagram-worthy. Don’t miss the farmers’ market that takes place every weekend here. Qatar National Library is worth a visit, too.
Qatar Foundation, Al Luqta Street (4454 0000).
Katara Cultural Village
Katara is Doha’s cultural hub with plenty of exciting things to explore including its very own Corniche, a Greek-style amphitheatre and loads of cafés and restaurants. Events are always taking place here, so watch this space for information on art exhibits, dhow festivals, musical concerts, plays and more.
Katara Cultural Village, West Bay Lagoon (7739 0029).
Museum of Islamic Art
The Museum of Islamic Art is easily one of our favourite spots in Doha. The I. M. Pei-designed museum’s permanent exhibitions display beautiful objects from across the Islamic world – everything from metalwork, ceramics and textiles to manuscripts – which date as far back as the ninth century. Your visitors will appreciate one of the free tours and once you’re done, head up to the fifth floor for a meal at IDAM by Alain Ducasse. There’s a well-landscaped park outside, too.
Doha Corniche, www.mia.org.qa (4422 4444).
National Museum of Qatar
This iconic museum is the greatest landmark in Qatar and it opened its doors to the public last year. It’s already been named as one of the 100 best places in the world. And that is reason enough to put this at the top of your Doha bucket list.
Museum Park Street, Corniche Street (4452 5555).
If you had just two hours in Doha, we’d recommend Souq Waqif immediately. Haggle through the busy, bustling and vibrant streets. This is one of the most authentic experiences to be had in the city. Buy souvenirs at a bargain and have dinner at any of the brilliant restaurants such as Damasca One, La Boca or Parisa. There are food carts set up selling traditional snacks from across the Arab world. Whatever you choose, we can guarantee this will be memorable.
Al Souq (4433 6444).
A Venice-themed area with beautiful pastel coloured buildings and an intricate network of canals is not the only reason to spend an entire day at this man-made island. The Pearl-Qatar is filled with brilliant restaurants, postcard-worthy landscapes and plenty of memories. Take your guests for a walk around Medina Centrale or Porto Arabia, too, and don’t forget to take your camera along.
West Bay Lagoon.
Spend a few hours in Qatar’s very own version of the Grand Canyon. There’s a sinkhole if you fancy some amateur rock climbing. Limestone formations are scattered all over and you’ll love stumbling upon a treasure trove of ridges and cliffs. Richard Serra’s iconic structures are located here, too.
GPS: 25.637012, 50.846186.
If your guests are keen on a UNESCO Heritage Site, drive up to Zubarah. The Zubarah Fort was built in 1938 and was used by the armed forces. Now, it’s a museum that showcases a vast collection of pottery and archaeology exhibits. Drive around it to find ancient settlements and abandoned structures.
GPS: 25.976929, 51.045496.