Doha, in Qatar, is a place that around 340,000 people call home.
From here it’s about 80 miles (129 kilometers) to the northwest to Bahrain, Middle East and 240 miles (386 kilometers) to the east to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
If you are after souvenirs, treats or fashion, drive to one of the local malls or markets to stock up. Among the best destinations in the city are Souq Waqif, Villagio Mall and City Centre Doha.
Discover how courageous locals and other heroes from the past defended Doha, by taking a tour of the city’s historic defenses. Two of the most visited former defenses here are the Doha Fort and the Al Khoot Fort.
Enjoy the roar of high-performance engines at the Losail International Circuit, the most popular speedway in the Doha area. Time your visit with a race day and roar along with the crowds as local speed demons race to be first past the chequered flag.
Take a break from the ordinary for a while and take the entire family into a realm of magic and good times at Katara Cultural Village and Ameer Cinema. Bring the whole family and your sense of wonder and get ready for an awesome few hours filled with treasured memories.
In this artistic city there are a few interesting cultural centers and museums, including the Museum of Islamic Art, where you can browse local collections. Even if you are only casually interested in art, head here to relax and learn more about art throughout the ages.
Al-Rumailah Park is one of the most cherished botanical parks around Doha. It is a peaceful place where families, students, office workers and the elderly congregate to enjoy the fresh air and greenery.
The Qatar National Museum is the ideal treat for those looking for something a little different in Doha. Enjoy the quiet atmosphere, ask the staff about any special events, buy something from the gift shop or just explore the echoes of the past.
Hikers will be pleased to learn that the area also has a few larger nature preserves where families can enjoy picturesque surrounds and remarkable flora and fauna. To explore one of the most visited local natural parks, drive out to Khor Al-Adaid Natural Reserve.