They say Qatar once visited can never be forgotten. As true as this line can be, Qatar by all means can offer you a memorable trip. Offering a perfect blend of modernity while keeping its Bedouin roots intact, Qatar is a beautiful poetry of introduction to the depth of Arabic culture and the Arab world. With its contemporary capital city of Doha being a tourist hub, its other cities like Al Rayyan, Al Khor, Mesaieed, Al Wakrah, and Simasma can fetch you a lifetime memories of a beautiful trip.
While planning a trip, consider doing these things to do in Qatar:
The museum of Islamic Art in Doha
Representing great Islamic art of over 1400 years from over 3 countries, the Museum of Islamic art is an architectural gem, preserved with great endurance by the government. It boasts of artwork masterpieces rarely found anywhere else. Metalwork, jewelry, ceramics, glass, textiles and many more contribute in the making of these masterpieces. The museum is loved by the tourists as it offers the best insight in the rich cultural heritage of the Arab world.
Your trip to this beautiful capital city of Qatar is incomplete if you haven’t taken an evening stroll at this waterfront promenade. Extending many kilometers, this stretch is a perfect place to unwind and relax. On the opposite side of the cornice are huge skyscrapers defining the skyline of the city and making your view truly fulfilling.
The center of the oil industry of Qatar, Dukhan is a small city offering a great gift of pristine Dukhan beaches. Tourists and locals throng to its serene beaches on the weekends. Loved by swimmers and surfers both, the beaches of Dukhan offer an opportunity to enjoy water activities like snorkeling, surfing and paragliding.
Souks in Doha
The newly built fascinating souk of Doha situated next to the famous souk waqif, the Falcon souk is famous for beautiful burqas and hubara. It is lovely to see the young ladies buying their first burqas thus, taking forward their tradition. Other souks like gold souk and Waqif souk are a perfect option to shop if you want to have a different experience other than the regular plush malls. These souks are affordable and offer lovely buying options.
Khor Al Udeid
A beach visited for its calmness and tranquility, the Khor Al Udeid beach in Qatar is definitely one of the top attractions to visit. Beautifully shaped and tall dunes rule this beach. It is a perfect place to sit, relax and unwind. This natural beauty is loved by tourists and locals alike. But it is advisable to take a tour operator or a local along with you as the beach is relatively isolated.
Born out of the vision to support and boost cultural exchange and art, the Katara village is a multidimensional cultural project boasting of beautiful theatres, exhibition galleries, and various cutting-edge facilities, thus including it in one of the best multi activities centers in the world. Offering a glimpse of future, the village aims to surpass the national boundaries and join the world in the bond of culture.
Aspire Park in Doha
One of the best and most favorite parks of the locals and tourists, the Aspire Park is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a picnic with family and friends. Spread in an area of 88 hectares, the park overlooks the famous Aspire tower. The park also boasts of having the only lake in Qatar and has a collection of various rare trees.
An artificial island spanning many million sq kms, it boasts of many expats as it is the only and the first land to be given for ownership to foreigners. Some part of it is still under construction but it already has over 12000 residents. The pearl once completed is slated to create a new coastline of 32 kilometers stretch.
Al Shahaniya Racetrack
State Grand Mosque in Doha
One of the largest mosques in the entire country of Qatar, the Sate Grand Mosque is built in an area of 175000 square meters and the intricate architecture is a subject of discussion for all who visit the mosque. The mosque is huge, impressive and a must see for its lovely chandeliers. A place for around 30000 people to offer prayers together, the state grand mosque is a must visit attraction.
If you are interested in the historical abundance of Qatar, then Al Wakrah is your place to be. Spotting historical architecture is a child’s play almost everywhere in the city. Al Wakhrah grand mosque, Al Wakrah Castle, the two round towers, and the house of Sheikh Ghanim Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani are some of the prominent historical architectures of the city.
Qatar surpasses the shortcoming of being a small country with its development. The abundance of wealth is used intellectually in the promotion of tourism and the betterment of the country. The country of Qatar is full of beautiful roads, shopping malls, skyscrapers, and Arabic culture deeply rooted in the hearts of the locals. Though small, every city of Qatar exudes a timeless charm of the bygone Bedouin era.