Qatar

Travel Guide
Qatar
Futuristic skylines, a shimmering coast, historic monuments and vast desert oases make this Arab peninsula an exciting destination for young and old.

Never has the contrast between modern and traditional been as obvious in Qatar. Find ancient forts and historic houses alongside sparkling skyscrapers and luxury developments. Visitors will delight in the country’s exciting dining and shopping scenes, and get to experience desert safaris as well as a whole host of cultural treasures.

Visit the coastal capital of Doha, a world-class city with a growing food and art scene. Wander around the Museum of Islamic Art, featuring one of the finest collections of Islamic art and artifacts in the world. Stroll down the Doha Corniche, a waterfront promenade that offers wonderful views of the city.

Get lost in the maze of shops in Souq Waqif, a vibrant market selling handicrafts, perfume and jewelry. Local restaurants in Doha serve Qatari dishes such as machboos (a stew of spiced rice with seafood or meat, served with yogurt) and ghuzi (whole roast lamb on a bed of rice and nuts).

Spend a few hours enjoying the beach, restaurants and theaters at Katara, a purpose-built development celebrating regional architecture. Head out to the Pearl-Qatar, a man-made island off the West Bay coast that features luxury shops, restaurants, villas and hotels.

Marvel at the archeological works at the Al Zubarah Fort, one of the best-preserved examples of an 18th-century settlement in the region. For something more exhilarating, take a four-wheel drive across the sand dunes to Khor Al Adaid, a tranquil creek near the border of Saudi Arabia. Spend the night on a camping expedition, then enjoy sand skiing and quad biking. Other desert attractions include Al Jassasiya, where nearly 900 petroglyphs can be viewed.

Active visitors can kayak through the Al Thakira Mangroves and look for flamingos and herons. The lunar landscape of the Ras Abrouq Rock Formations, famed for its sandy beaches and wild deer reserve, is popular among hikers.

Fly into Hamad International Airport in Doha and ride the bus into the city. Rent a car or hire a driver to explore more remote regions of the country. Visit during the latter months of the year for cooler days and less humidity.

Popular cities in Qatar

Doha
Doha
Known for Shopping, Business and Museums
A mix of traditional Qatari art and culture and ultra-modern architecture and opportunities make this Middle Eastern city a fascinating destination.

Reasons to visit

  • Doha Corniche
  • Souq Waqif Art Gallery
  • Burj Doha
Al Rayyan
Al Rayyan
Known for Universities, Adventure and Business
Once a separate city, this area west of Downtown Doha is now a vital part of Qatar’s cultural and economic expansion efforts.

Reasons to visit

  • Qatar National Library
  • Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies
  • Al Shaqab Equestrian Center
Al Wakrah
Al Wakrah
Known for Business, Romantic and Family beaches

Reasons to visit

  • Al Janoub Stadium
  • Al Wakrah Souq
  • Al Wakrah Beach
Al Khor
Al Khor
Known for Kayaking, Fishing and Bird watching
With an intriguing mix of old and new, this northern city in Qatar is a great destination for a daytrip from Doha.

Reasons to visit

  • Al Khor Beach
  • Baladna Farm
Lusail
Lusail
Known for Adventure
Attend international soccer games or simply marvel at the 21st-century city created in part to welcome visitors from around the globe.

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