Doha, the capital of Qatar is a huge business destination but with an ever changing skyline and as the country’s fastest growing city, it is quickly also transforming into a popular tourism destination giving visitors a great taste of the Middle East.
Doha is quickly becoming one the cultural capitals of the Middle East and with the impressive National Museum of Qatar opening soon; this is set to only increase. Visit the city’s most popular museum, the Museum of Islamic Art and explore the magnificent collection of finely decorated ceramics, beautiful carpets and exquisite glass. Like the National Museum, this has also got a very famous architect behind its beautiful iconic fortress-like design, I.M. Pei whose other works include the infamous Louvre Pyramid in Paris. Furthermore pay a visit to highly informative Fanar Islamic Cultural Centre if you would like to learn more about the Qatari and Islamic cultures.
Despite now having fantastic modern shopping centres, Doha has a long tradition of markets, known as ‘Souqs’ in Arabic which are definitely still worth a visit. Potentially one of the most popular and with the best all round offering is Waqif Souq right in the heart of the city. Not only does the market sell fantastic handmade crafts, spices and traditional garments but with numerous excellent and relatively inexpensive restaurants and Shisha bars, it is a great place to spend your evening.
Head down to the Corniche, the 7km stretch of waterfront which offers visitors fantastic views of the city and a picturesque stroll along the shore or spend the afternoon in the green oasis that is the Aspire Park. For something a little different, venture out of the city and enjoy Qatar’s spectacular sand dunes: why not try sand boarding, sand skiing or take a dune buggy ride. If that sounds a little too extreme for you, you can always take a more traditional approach of a camel ride in this vast desert or enjoy a moonlight barbeque.