Places of Interest in Doha Qatar

This beautiful landscaped area on the corniche between the Ministry of Interior and the National Theatre. It has an art gallery, open air theatre, water features, shops and a cafeteria as well as children’s rides and attractions which include boats, a ferris wheel, miniature train and skateboarding half-pipe. The park is very busy in the evenings and at weekends when it is popular with picnickers.

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This small town lies north of Doha, a former center for pearl fishing attracts weekend picnickers to the shaded and sheltered corniche and beach. Plenty of photo opportunities with the old fishing harbour, a regional museum, and nearby mangroves are popular with ornithologists.

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A Moorish-style fort in the center of Doha heavily decorated with gypsum carving, it houses small exhibits of weaving, woodcarving, painting and other local crafts. It is located at the corner of Jassim Bin Mohammed and Al Qalaa streets, adjacent to the souq waqf car park. Timings: Sunday to Thursday 7 am to 12 noon and 4 pm to 7 pm, and on Fridays 4 pm to 6.30pm, Tel: 44412742.

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There are pure-bred Arab show and racing horses at this stud farm, owned by HH the Emir, as well as a riding school. Visits can be arranged through one of the tour companies.

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Site of successive communities through history, partial excavations at Al Zubara on the north west coast have revealed the foundations of city walls and dwellings at several different levels. The fort, which now houses a regional museum, was built in 1938 during the reign of Sheikh Abdullah bin Qassim Al Thani and was used by the military until the mid 1980s.

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Katara symbolizes the culture & tradition of Qatar, in the form a diverse cultural village. It depicts a global culture where people are able to witness the Country’s cultural and architectural heritage. Katara is home to beautiful theatres, an open amphitheatre, concert halls, a beach and a souq among other attractions for the general public. It is a haven for art lovers as many art & photographic exhibitions are regularly held there, apart from the Doha Tribeca Film Festival hosted there every year. Katara also hosts International & regional festivals, art forms, performances by gifted artists & attractive theme based exhibitions thus promoting cultural & traditional values.

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The Island Sea in the south east of the peninsula is surrounded by spectacular crescent-shaped sand dunes. An area of outstanding beauty, photographers appreciate the changing light and colours at different times of day, you need a four-wheel drive to access the area, and to be in the company of someone who knows the route. Since you will be using unmarked tracks through soft sand, it is also advisable for several vehicles to travel in convoy with experienced drivers. Vehicles need to be checked thoroughly, and to carry additional water and supplies. Tour operators organize both day trips and overnight camps, providing picnics and barbecues, folkloric entertainment and sometimes the opportunity to ride camels or go sand-skiing.

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Once threatened by extinction, the graceful Arabian Oryx now live and breed as protected herds in Qatar. The landscaped oryx park at Al Shahaniyah provides the opportunity to watch the animals – thought to have given rise to the legend of the unicorn – at close quarters. Permits to visit are available from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture but most people find it easier to go with a tour operator.

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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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