Places of Interest in Doha Qatar

The Qatar Museum of Islamic art, under the umbrella of QMA is the flagship project of His Highness, the Emir of Qatar. Situated on a man-made island on the corniche, it was designed by I.M.Pei - world renowned architect and designer of Louvre Pyramid in Paris. The Museum of Islamic Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of Islamic art in the world, and as well a centre of education and information in the field of the arts of the Islamic world. Timings: Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs -10.30am to 5.30 pm, Fridays -2.00 pm to 8.00 pm and Tuesdays are closed. Tel.: 44224444

Location : Doha, Qatar

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Souq means the traditional Arabic market and at Souq Waqif once can witness that to perfection! It offers a great opportunity to explore a traditional Qatari Market as it has been beautifully designed to give us a glimpse of how Qatar was in the days before the oils & gas discovery, surviving on trade in spices, perfumes, animals, wool etc. The souq has been redeveloped to look like a 19th century souq with shops made of mud walls & wood. Some of the old buildings are salvaged whereas the new ones constructed are also in line with the old architecture. There are traditional art galleries for art lovers. There are a number of antique shops so if you are looking for souvenirs, this is the ideal place to look for it. It is a great place to shop for honey & spices like turmeric, cumin, fenugreek & dry ginger. There are a number of pet shops with variety of birds, rabbits, puppies & cats. Traditional Arabic dress and jewelry can also be purchased here. An array of traditional coffee shops and eateries offer one a chance to try the local cuisine and have a feel of the place. Souq Waqif with its unique concept has turned into a major tourist attraction. Shops in the souq generally close at noon and reopen at 4 pm though cafes and restaurants are open throughout.

Location : Doha, Qatar

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On the way to Al Khor, it is a surprising delight to venture into Thakira Mangrove forest cushioned along the coast. The vast greenery offers a welcome retreat amidst the sandy desert. The area is home to an array of birds including Flamingos. The area is mostly explored by nature enthusiasts on foot though many tour operators now offer guided tours and kayaking etc. which all adds up to the attraction of this natural reserve as an ideal picnic place for families & nature lovers.

Location : Al Khor, Qatar

Just a short drive south of Doha, Al Wakra has grown from a tiny fishing and pearling village to a small town. The sandy beach is visited by families for a welcome break. There is a beautiful large park just opposite the beach which has an array of children’s play area.

Location : Al Wakrah, Qatar

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The weaponry museum in Al Luqta is not normally open to the general public but can be visited by arrangement or with a tour group. It houses an amazing display of gold and silver swords and daggers from the region as well as weapons and armour dating back to the 16th century. Each exhibit is labeled in English and Arabic, and some of the displays include relevant photographs or paintings

Location : Doha, Qatar

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A combination of coffee shop and restaurant on the corniche near to the Ras Abu Aboud flyover, this modern building is based on traditional designs and is proving popular with both residents and visitors.

Location : Doha, Qatar