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Qatar

Travel Guide
West Bay

Futuristic skylines, a shimmering coast, historic monuments and vast desert oases make this Arab peninsula an exciting destination for young and old.

Never has the contrast between modern and traditional been as obvious in Qatar. Find ancient forts and historic houses alongside sparkling skyscrapers and luxury developments. Visitors will delight in the country’s exciting dining and shopping scenes, and get to experience desert safaris as well as a whole host of cultural treasures.

Visit the coastal capital of Doha, a world-class city with a growing food and art scene. Wander around the Museum of Islamic Art, featuring one of the finest collections of Islamic art and artifacts in the world. Stroll down the Doha Corniche, a waterfront promenade that offers wonderful views of the city.

Get lost in the maze of shops in Souq Waqif, a vibrant market selling handicrafts, perfume and jewelry. Local restaurants in Doha serve Qatari dishes such as machboos (a stew of spiced rice with seafood or meat, served with yogurt) and ghuzi (whole roast lamb on a bed of rice and nuts).

Spend a few hours enjoying the beach, restaurants and theaters at Katara, a purpose-built development celebrating regional architecture. Head out to the Pearl-Qatar, a man-made island off the West Bay coast that features luxury shops, restaurants, villas and hotels.

Marvel at the archeological works at the Al Zubarah Fort, one of the best-preserved examples of an 18th-century settlement in the region. For something more exhilarating, take a four-wheel drive across the sand dunes to Khor Al Adaid, a tranquil creek near the border of Saudi Arabia. Spend the night on a camping expedition, then enjoy sand skiing and quad biking. Other desert attractions include Al Jassasiya, where nearly 900 petroglyphs can be viewed.

Active visitors can kayak through the Al Thakira Mangroves and look for flamingos and herons. The lunar landscape of the Ras Abrouq Rock Formations, famed for its sandy beaches and wild deer reserve, is popular among hikers.

Fly into Hamad International Airport in Doha and ride the bus into the city. Rent a car or hire a driver to explore more remote regions of the country. Visit during the latter months of the year for cooler days and less humidity.

Popular cities in Qatar

Doha Corniche
Doha
Known for Shopping, Business and Swimming
A mix of traditional Qatari art and culture and ultra-modern architecture and opportunities make this Middle Eastern city a fascinating destination.

Reasons to visit

  • Burj Doha
  • Souq Waqif Art Gallery
  • Doha Corniche
Al Jumail
Madinat ash Shamal
Known for Fishing, Small Town and Camping
Travel as far north as you can in Qatar to reach this town near the Persian Gulf. Nearby, view an ancient fort, an organic farm and a soccer club.

Reasons to visit

  • Al Jumail
  • Al Zubarah Archaeological Site
  • Freiha
Zekreet Fort
Zekreet
Known for Monuments
On Qatar’s western coastline, this town is in one of the area’s most interesting locales, with a nearby fort, beach and environmental reserve.

Reasons to visit

  • Zekreet Fort
  • Zekreet Beach
  • East-West / West-East Sculpture
Qatar National Library
Al Rayyan
Known for Universities, Adventure and Business
Once a separate city, this area west of Downtown Doha is now a vital part of Qatar’s cultural and economic expansion efforts.

Reasons to visit

  • Qatar National Library
  • Al Shaqab Equestrian Center
Barzan Towers
Umm Salal
Known for Archaeology and Small Town
Explore quaint Umm Salal: its archaeology, culture, history, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Barzan Towers
  • Barzan Olympic Park
Al Khor Beach
Al Khor
Known for Kayaking, Fishing and Tours
With an intriguing mix of old and new, this northern city in Qatar is a great destination for a daytrip from Doha.

Reasons to visit

  • Baladna Farm
  • Al Khor Beach

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