Qatar is surrounded by natural and man-made wonders. There is plenty to see and do in the country. Pleasant surprises await visitors of all ages in and out of Doha.
The Desert and Inland Sea
Make a trip into the desert to experience the peaceful beauty of gold-colored sand dunes and the inland sea. Adventurous types may get their thrills from extreme driving over the sand dunes, which can feel like going on a rollercoaster.
One of the most beautiful areas of Doha is the Corniche, its seafront. There is a sidewalk along the bay decorated with statues, flower beds and fountains. Dhows take visitors around the bay on boats daily.
Katara Cultural Village
Located in the West Bay Lagoon, the Katara Cultural Village is a microcosm of the Middle East and North Africa region. Observe the various Arab and Islamic architectural styles and taste the culinary differences between the countries. Katara is also home to an opera house, an all-marble amphitheater, art galleries, shops and various community clubs' headquarters.
Entertainment City will be a massive complex offering a hotel, shopping, entertainment and residences. It will feature a snow dome, canals, a rainforest and water taxis connecting to different parts of the city.
Souq Waqif’s history dates back to ancient times when Doha was just a small village. The original market place has been rebuilt to replicate the original. It is now a cultural oasis that has retained the charm of the old souq. Try haggling in this colorful souq that has everything from spices to jewelery and clothing.
Qatar offers a range of museums with fascinating artifacts that shed light on the region’s past and present. Notable museums include the Museum of Islamic Art, Waqif Art Center in Souq Waqif and Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art.
Al Zubara Fort
This fort was used until recently as a police post and is now a heritage site. Prisoners used to be kept in cells on a ledge accessible only by a rickety ladder. One cell remains open to the public.
Al Thakira is a small village that is perfect for nature lovers. It is famous for its mangrove swamps, in which it is possible to go snorkelling. Fish and exotic sea slugs live in the swamps.
Umm Slal Mohammed
This village’s streets display old Qatari architecture.It is also home to the famous Barzan Towers which were built at the start of the 20th century. Barzan means high place and the story goes that pearl divers could see the Barzan Towers when they returned from pearling expeditions.