About Doha

 
 
Dear traveler,
on this page you will find useful information about Qatar and Doha, what to do ... , where to go ...

What to see ...

The best way to get your first impression about Doha you can use one of the two tourists buses which were recently introduced.

One is the Hop-On bus run by a private company Dohabus and the other is the bus operated by Qatar Museums Authority as a shuttle between Museum of Islamic Art and Mathaf.
The buses will operate from Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
 

Al Khor or 'Purple' Island

'Purple' Island gets its name from the dye extracted from the sea snail, evidence of which can be found all over this coastal stretch of land. The 'island' is surrounded by mangroves and is accessed via a causeway (broken away in parts). Climb to the top of the jebel for a fantastic 360° view of Al Khor.
 

Corniche

This is a waterfront promenade extending for several kilometers along the Doha Bay. Running parallel to the Corniche is Corniche Street, a main thoroughfare which connects Doha's emerging West Bay business district with the south of the city and Doha International Airport. Formed following extensive dredging work carried out during the late 1970s and early 1980s which reshaped Doha's coastline, the Corniche is today a popular location among walkers, bikers and jogger.
 

Fort Zubarah

A trip to the ancient 18th century Fort Zubarah in the North of the country is a must for visitors wanting to explore Qatar’s historical landmarks.
 

Katara

Katara is a cultural village in Doha. It is located on the eastern coast between West Bay and the Pearl and spread over 1,000,000 square meters. Many Qatari organizations have their offices in Katara. These include the Qatari Society for Engineers, Qatar Fine Arts Society, Visual Art Centre, Qatar Photographic Society, Childhood Cultural Centre, Theatre Society and Qatar Music Academy. The QMA manages the QMA Gallery in Katara. The buildings and facilities at Katara were deliberately arranged randomly in order to look and feel like a traditional Qatari.
 

Katara Beach is 1.5 km long and open to members and walk‐in guests. A play area is located by the beach where children can enjoy a variety of activities, games and rides as well as child friendly water sports (separate charges apply)
 

Mathaf Museum

The Mathaf Museum of Modern Arab Art opened in Education City in 2010 and hosts regular exhibitions of contemporary art with a permanent collection of regional art and design.
Open Sunday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday – 11am-6pm; Friday – 3pm-9pm; closed Monday
 

Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) & MIA Park

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is one of Qatar’s most distinct landmarks. As you pull into the museum’s parking lot, the adjoining piece of land covered in lush green date palms and grass will not fail to entice. That is the Museum of Islamic Art Park for you. The community-friendly park’s neatly lined concrete walkways will lead you to a play area for children complete with a monkey bars, swings, slides and even trampolines on a sandpit. For those seeking a few contemplative hours away from the traffic and noise of the city, follow the walkway towards the end of the park. Lounge around the café on one of their cozy cushioned seats or find yourself a spot on one of the three hillocks for a great view of the night sky. Either way, you can enjoy a stunning view of the Doha skyline reflected on the Arabian Sea while taking in the sights and sounds of water or the dhows cruising by.
 


Qatar National Museum

The Qatar Museums (QM) is the peak body of museums in Qatar. Established in 2005 by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, former Emir of the State of Qatar, the QM aims to combine the resources of all museums in Qatar, providing a comprehensive organization for museum development and establishing an effective system for collecting, protecting, preserving and interpreting historic sites, monuments, and artifacts.
 

Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum

Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani has built his own museum at his farm in Al Sheehaniya located 20km west of Doha. This private museum comprises of more than 15,000 pieces, collected during his worldwide travels. The museum has a varied collection of artifacts including fossils, manuscripts, textiles, weapons, ceramics, woodwork, contemporary art, pre- and Islamic coins and foreign currency. There is also a section devoted to Qatari and Bedouin heritage, including fishing boats and traditional Qatari houses. The facility also has an attached farm housing more than 1,000 Arabian onyx, gazelles, and peacocks. Entrance is free.
Open Monday to Wednesday – 9am-6pm, Thursday – 9am-8pm, closed Sunday and Monday
 

 
Where to shop ...

There are many reasons to visit Qatar. One of them is shopping. Qatar is one of the best places in the world to go to when you want to shop. Villaggio, according Forbes one of the best malls in the world, is situated in Doha. All the major brands will be found there. To name a few: Armani, Valentino, Ralph Lauren (clothing), Breitling, Rolex, Patek Philippe (watches and jewellery), Ferrari, Aston Martin, Range Rover (cars) and many, many more. All these brands have their own stores, mostly found in the numerous shopping malls. The malls are very modern, air-conditioned and filled with plants and flowers, which make them nice, comfortable and cool places to walk around and shop till you drop. Every mall has a playground and care for children. Most of the shopping malls are found in Doha, Qatar's capital, some are just outside Doha, in Al Wakrah and one is further away, in Al Khor.

Most malls in Qatar are open from 10.00h to 22.00h, Saturday to Thursday. Most will be closed on Friday mornings but will open up during the evening. Also, some malls have special "Family Days", where single men will be turned away at the door.

 

City Center

City Center Doha is considered the largest mall in Qatar with 300,000 m2 total build area and 120,000 m2 leaseable areas with variety of famous international, regional, and local retail brands and services, spread across five floors. City Center landmarks the shopping scene, being the leading retail and leisure destination in Qatar. Anchor stores include Carrefour, Home Centre, Debenhams, Grand Cine Centre, and Fun City. Over 1,600 car parks available for the regular visitors.
 

Landmark mall

This is designed like a circus and a fair, including a horse carousel, a red baron airplane flyover, an inflatable slide, trampoline beds, bumper cars and four-storey soft play area form the main attractions at Circus Land, which has a separate food court area and lots of kid shopping options. Cinema Land, housed within Circus Land at Landmark Mall, has three theatres to catch a play, concert or movie premiere.
 

Souq Waqif

This is an important souq in Doha. Literally translated to "the standing market", this shopping destination is renowned for selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs. It is also home to dozens of restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world, as well as Shisha lounges. Although this market dates back at least a hundred years, it was recently torn down and rebuilt in traditional architectural styles. It is now considered one of the top tourist destinations within Doha.
 

Villaggio Mall

is a shopping mall located in the Aspire Zone in the west end of Doha. It is located on Al Waab street between the Hyatt Plaza and Sports City and has over 200 stores, including many famous brands in the U.S., U.K., Italian and German markets. The Villagio shopping mall offers a good mix of shops, restaurants and recreation. Based on a Venetian theme, the mall has a canal that visitors can navigate using a genuine Venetian Gondola. The mall also offers an indoor Olympic-sized skating rink and a 22,000-sqm theme park.