Explore Qatar. Discover art and heritage in Qatar’s array of museums. Stroll around the state-of-the-art Msheireb Downtown, around the upscale avenues of The Pearl island or around the Valley of Cultures in Katara Cultural Village. Go on an adventure in a desert safari. A definite must-do: explore, shop and dine in Souq Waqif.
Qatar offers a myriad of exciting things to do, interesting places to see and hidden gems to discover. Venture out of our West Bay hotel to discover attractions and adventures around the country.
One must not leave the desert without an exhilarating desert safari adventure exploring the inland sea, dune bashing, camel riding or camping overnight. For those looking for a nature-inclined adventure, a visit at The Purple Island and kayaking through Al Thakira Mangroves, both located north-east of Qatar, is a thrilling experience.
Take a stroll around the upscale avenues of The Pearl Island. Doha’s man-made marvel, The Pearl is known for its lavish residential areas, array of cafés and restaurants and high-end shopping.
Check out the state-of-the-art Msheireb Downtown, a new hub for commercial, entertainment, art & culture and upscale lifestyle. Tip: navigate around the entire downtown easily via the Msheireb tram.
Step into Valley of Cultures in Katara Cultural Village and explore art, exhibitions, theatre, shopping, and an array of unique dining options in a single destination. Must-see: The Amphitheatre, Katara Art Centre, Katara Beach, Al Thuraya Planetarium, 21 High Street and the opera house.
Qatar, being a country rich in culture and tradition and a vast love for art, has an array of museums to visit. On the top of our list: National Museum of Qatar, a museum patterned from desert rose crystal, designed by Jean Nouvel, and Museum of Islamic Art, designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei. While both architectures are already a piece of art, it is worth venturing inside to view the artifacts and masterpieces they hold. Also visit: Fanar, Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, Mathaf, Msheireb Museums, Garage Gallery Fire Station and Museum of Illusions.
The famous Souq Waqif is definitely one of the best places to visit when in Doha. Translating to "standing market" in English, Souq Waqif is the capital's oldest souq, noted for selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts and local souvenirs. This olden bazaar is also home to a wide range of traditional-style restaurants and cafes.
Take a leisurely waterfront walk around the Doha Corniche and admire charming views of the capital’s skyline. A better way to explore the full length of Corniche? Hop on a dhow cruise, best taken at dusk for golden hour.