Tourism

Newly discovered by world travelers as a top tourist destination, Qatar offers a rich and well-preserved Arabic culture combined with distinguished modernist expressions.

Museum of Islamic Art

It is located on the south side of the ledge, on an island “manufactured” at 60 m from shore. The museum was created by one of the greatest architects of the twentieth century, Mr. Leoh Ming Pei and it contains a collection from 3 continents ranging from Cordoba in the west to Samarkand in the east, with objects from Spain, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, Iran, India and Central Asia, and covers 14 centuries of a legacy illustrating the wealth and imagination of Muslim culture. 

The National Museum

Built in 1912 as a palace for the Governor of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullah Bin Qassim Al Thani it has been renovated and converted into a museum in 1975. The museum displays many Qatari traditions such as the art of falconry, marriage, coins and medals, jewelry, costumes, handicrafts, traditional medicines, perfumes, medals. 

The Museum of Modern Art, Mathaf

Mathaf contains some of the private collection of contemporary art of calligraphy, including Sheikh Hassan’s ancient weapons, and orientalist paintings. Located in a former school near Doha’s Education City, the building has been re-designed by the French architect Jean-François Bodin. 

Al Khor Museum

Al Khor museum is located in Al-Khor town, about 57 km north of Doha. It is a two-story building with the ground floor allocated for anthropological life and the upper floor for a hall displaying some excavation discoveries of Al Khor area.

Al Wakrah Museum

Situated in Al Wakrah town, about 17 km from the capital, this museum displays items related to marine life and natural history.

Weaponry Museum

The museum displays a rare collection of swords, daggers and miscellaneous firearms and their accessories. It is located in Al Laqta suburb of Doha.

Ethnographic Museum

Situated on Hamad Al-Kabeer Street, it is the only example of its kind remaining in Doha.

Souk Waqif

It is called the old souk although it was recently “restored”. You will find merchants with hawks, souvenir shops, spices, honey, fabrics, perfumes and incense, Bedouin tents, tools, crockery, cobbler’s stalls. You can go to do some shopping, have a meal, or smoke a shisha (water pipe) in a café with terrace in the middle of the souk. 

The Pearl

The Pearl-Qatar, a riviera-style man-made island developed in an exclusive environment in Doha, and the Middle East’s most glamorous address, covers 400 hectares of reclaimed land. Here one can enjoy shopping in the many high-end retail shops and go and walk along the beautiful boardwalk overlooking the marina filled with a variety of international cafes and restaurants. www.thepearlqatar.com

Katara

Doha’s new cultural village built in the West Bay area is located right along the sea coast with a long white sandy beach and a wide boardwalk that hosts several different seafood and oriental cuisine. Katara also contains a large open air amphitheater built in ancient roman style overlooking the sea, as well as a beautiful mosque and a photography gallery. 

The Desert

A trip to the sand dunes is always a fun way to spend the day enjoying the country’s beautiful desert.

Sea-line Beach Resort

Located on the beach of Messaid, the resort includes a motel and 40 chalets. Sealine Beach Resort is situated 55 km from the capital.

Al-Zubara Fort

Al Zubara Fort lies 105 km northwest of Doha. It is open for the public on daily bases except Fridays and Saturdays. Entrance is free of charge.

Doha Fort (Al-Koot)

It is one of the few remaining military forts in Doha. It is located on Jassim bin Mohammed Street and opens daily. Entrance is free of charge.

Al-Wajba Fort

Situated 15 km south of Doha, Al Wajba Fort was built in the late 18th century or early 19th century at the time of late Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani. It derives its historical importance from being the ground for a famous battle when the Qatari people defeated the Ottoman forces in 1893, and from being the place of residence of Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani during various periods of time. The fort has rooms on the ground and upper floor and is well known for its four watchtowers. It was restored to its original state.

Umm Salal Muhammad Fort

This fort lies in Umm Salal Mohammad area, 21 km from Doha. It is one of the residential forts that date back to the late 19th century.

Situated in Umm Salal Mohammed, the tower dates back to the late 19th century

Al-Gharriyya Resort

Al-Gharriyya Resort is situated in Al-Gharriyya area in the north of the country; and it comprises a number of furnished villas.

The Zoo

Located 20km from Doha on Salwa road, the zoo has some variety of mammals, reptiles and birds as well as a mini playground for children. The Zoo includes a big collection of animals, reptiles and birds, and has a small fun city.

Al-Rumaila Park/Al Bidda park

Al-Rumaila Park lies on Doha Corniche and has landscapes, children rides, a popular market and restaurants.

Dahl El-Hamam Public Park

Dahl El-Hamam Public Park in Doha has several green areas, passageways and playgrounds for children.

Khor Al Udaid Beach

Khor Al Udaid Beach lies on the most south-eastern part of the country, 78 km from Doha, and features fine sand dunes.

Al-Jassasiya

Al-Jassasiya is a range of rocky hills overlooking the north-eastern coast of the country.

Recreational Clubs

Recreational clubs offer their members a wide array of sports and recreational facilities commensurate with the resources and equipment available in each individual club. Major clubs are concentrated in the city capital of Doha.

    • Al Dana Club
    • The Diplomatic Club
    • Doha Golf Club
    • Equestrian Club
    • Al Ghazal Club

SHOPPING MALLS

Traditional Markets

Traditional markets lie in the city Centre. Their shops open early in the morning, close for noon recess and open again in the evening. They display incense, perfumes and spices; tailoring, embroidery and jewelry shops and most of the traditional craft shops and objects including men's Arabian cloaks, women's cloaks, swords, daggers, textile and various goods in addition to traditional restaurants such as Waqif marketplace.

City Centre Marketplace

Comprises Souq Faleh, Souq Al Aseeri, Souq Al Jabr, and Souq Al Deerah. They sell various fabrics, clothes and electrical apparatus; and open for morning and afternoon shifts.

Modern Shopping Centers

They include City Center, The Mall, Land Mark, Hayatt Plaza, Royal Plaza, Al Mana Center, Al-Muftah, Al Salam Plaza, Blue Saloon, Lulu Center, Center Point, Villagio and others.

These shopping centers sell various goods imported from US, Europe and East Asia and offer entertainment facilities including restaurants, cafes, and cinema theatres and children play areas. They open from 9 am to 10 pm.

Diplomatic Corps: All the South Asian Countries have their missions except Bhutan and Maldives. There is an Association of Asian Ambassadors called THE ASIAN AMBASSADORS’ GROUP consisting the Heads of the missions of 21 countries. Formed in 2000, the then Bangladesh Ambassador H.E. Mr. ATM Nazrul Islam was the   founder Chairperson.