Doha is one of the most developed cities of the world. There is something about this city that makes it irresistible to globe-trotters. Here is a list of some of the best and most popular places to visit in Doha:
Museum of Islamic Art
The structure of this fine museum is a testimony to classic Islamic architecture. It has both cultural and historical significance as it contains, within its premises, Islamic art spanning 1,400 years and three continents. It also frequently organises various exhibitions, cultural activities, and seminars and lectures.
The Qatar National Museum
This museum has fast emerged as one of the most popular tourist sites in the city. Not a surprise, when one looks at the exquisite, fort-like, sophisticated architecture of the place. It used to be Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani’s palace. Now, in its new-found avatar, it is home to some of Qatar’s best art shows and exhibitions on nature, tradition, jewellery, and heritage.
Doha Heritage Village
Located in Al Rumelia Park along Doha’s Corniche, the Doha Heritage Village is a reproduction of a traditional Qatari Village and yes, it is every bit as fascinating as it sounds. This wonderful initiative brings to life long-forgotten crafts such as weaving and also pearl trading as well as dhow (traditional boat). It is very alive during festival season with plenty of exhibitions, activities, music, and dancing.
The Arabian and Islamic Heritage Library
Who knew that a modest collection of books started by Sheikh Hassan Bin Mohammad Al Thani, will one day materialise into this magnificent structure of research and educational significance. Apart from boasting a collection of over 50,000 books, it is also home to around 2,000 manuscripts, 600 antique maps, and as many as 6,000 original photographs.
This Arabic market quarter is best known for its maze like structure. It is conveniently divided according to the nature of the items being sold, be it spices, garments, home-ware, and souvenirs, among others. Hence, it’s fairly easy to navigate whether you are in your own vehicle or you rent a car in the Qatar capital. There are also a number of sheesha places as well as restaurants around the souq to grab a bite.
Modelled on the architecture of Venice, this is Doha’s best mall in terms of the availability of shopping options, world-cuisine, and recreational activities. There are various high-end brands, eclectic restaurants, and even gondola rides in the resident canal.