Even though Qatar is tiny, there’s still plenty to see and do, which is why it’s important to plan ahead before you head to this fantastic little country in the Middle East.
1. The Museum of Islamic Art
It was designed by IM Pei and is surrounded by meticulously manicured lawns and gardens. Inside, the museum houses one of the most extensive collections of Muslim art in the world.
2. Soak Up the City at Sky View
You might want to bring a little bit of extra cash if you’re going to grab a drink at Sky View, the rooftop bar of Doha’s La Cigale. That said, you won’t regret a soaring bar tab when you get a glimpse of the gorgeous views of the surrounding city.
3. Check Out the Massive Nobu
Okay, sure, there are 30-plus other branches of Nobu you can dine at across the world, but none of them with 26,000 square feet. The high-class Japanese eatery is on the water at the Doha Four Season hotel, so you can enjoy breathtaking views with your shrimp tempura.
4. Explore the Bling at the Weaponry Museum
It is filled with some incredible weaponry from the Arab world, some of it dating as far back as the 16th century. The museum’s selection of ceremonial weaponry, some belonged to Lawrence of Arabia.
5. Grab Some Sweets at Al Aker
Head to Al Aker, a cafe in Doha. Make sure to try a sampling of the kunafa, a local pastry that’s doused in syrup and stuffed with white cheese. Once you taste kunafa, it will haunt by the memory.
6. Go to the Emir’s GCC Camel Race
Take part in one of the most popular traditional sports in Qatar, the camel race in which riders compete for the coveted Golden Sword. It is a bit far, but the energetic atmosphere and one-of-a-kind sporting event are totally worth it.
7. Feel the Heart of Doha at Souq Waqif
The site on which Souq Waqif sits, has been home to a market for several generations; the current incarnation has been designed to resemble a souq from the 1800s, complete with mud-rendered shops and restored Qatari buildings.
8. Drive Into the Desert for East-West/West-East
There’s one Richard Serra’ sculpture called East-West/West-East. A series of 14-meter-tall steel slabs spread out over a kilometer of the Qatari desert. Sure, it’s a hike to get there, but it is one of the more compelling reasons to explore the surrounding countryside.
9. Walk Through Omani Market
Here you can purchase Omani goods like dried fish, tobacco and lemons, incense, and so much more. Even if you’re not looking to shop, a walk through the market never fails to enthrall.
10. Take a Picture at Pearl Monument
Stop by the Pearl Monument where you can get breathtaking views of the Doha harbor. If you find the time to come at sunset or sunrise, you’ll see yourself soaking in views that you’ll keep with you for years to come.
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