ACTIVITIES

UNESCO Recognized Heritage Site

Desert sentinel

Located on Qatar’s north-west coast and comprising of the immaculately restored Al Zubarah Fort and surrounding 60-hectare archaeological works, this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most extensive and best preserved examples of an 18th–19th century settlement in the region. It covers the remains of a walled coastal town that once ranked as one of the Gulf’s most important pearl diving and trading centres with links extending to the Indian Ocean. The fort houses a visitor’s centre.

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Located in Doha’s Education City, Mathaf museum is the only institution of its type in the region, hosting modern art exhibits and programmes offering an Arab perspective on contemporary art. It is linked by shuttle bus to the Museum of Islamic Art.

Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum

Sheikh Faisal’s private museum at Al Samriya features a fascinating collection of more than 15,000 exhibits covering a spectrum of arts, artefacts and equipment, as well as many everyday household and traditional items that evoke a flavour of Qatari life in the pre-oil era. A feature of the museum is its extensive collection of vintage cars.

Doha Fire Station

The recently redeveloped Doha Fire Station is a community of studios offering residency programmes for artists. Among other venues contributing to Doha’s lively cultural scene are Al Riwaq Gallery, Qatar Museums Gallery, the Arab Postage Stamp Museum, Souq Waqif Art Center and Al Markhiya Gallery.

Al Thakira Mangroves

A large area of vegetation attracting varied bird life, including flamingos and herons
Al Thakira mangroves, lying just north of the city of Al Khor, present a large expanse of natural greenery in sharp contrast to the surrounding desert landscape. This area of vegetation with its own ecosystem is notable for attracting resident and migrating bird life, including flamingos and herons. A great way to explore the mangroves is by kayak, available from several tour operators and specialist companies.

Enjoy Culture and Recreation at Katara

An innovative interpretation of the region’s architectural heritage, this purpose-built development’s impressive theatres, galleries and performance venues stage a lively year-round programme of concerts, shows and exhibitions. Among Katara’s recreational attractions are a wide choice of dining options, including top class restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, and a spacious, well-maintained public beach with water sports.

Doha’s Waterfront Promenade

A seven-kilometre long waterfront promenade around Doha Bay, the Corniche offers spectacular vistas of the city, from the dramatic high rise towers of the central business district to the bold shapes of the Museum of Islamic Art. Traditional wooden dhows lining the Bay evoke echoes of Qatar’s great seafaring past. The Corniche provides a green, vehicle-free pedestrian space in the heart of the capital.

Dohas Lively Traditional Market

A stroll down the bustling alleys of Souq Waqif provides an authentic taste of traditional commerce, architecture and culture. The maze of small shops offer a dazzling array of Middle Eastern merchandise from spices and seasonal delicacies to perfumes, jewellery, clothing, handicrafts and a treasure trove of souvenir bargains. Traditional music, art and cultural shows add to the ambience of this special place. Relax and soak up the vitality and atmosphere at one of its eclectic mix of great restaurants and cafes.

Discover Centuries of the Finest Islamic Art

Experience 14 centuries of great art in a few hours. The MIA’s magnificent and imaginatively presented displays of the finest art and artefacts from across the Islamic world have earned it recognition among the world’s top cultural institutions. No visitor can fail to be impressed by the quality and diversity the collections, housed in a modern architectural masterpiece designed by IM Pei. The museum ensures fresh interest through its constantly changing programme of special exhibitions. A fee may be charged for these temporary shows, but admission to the permanent galleries is free.

Elegant Lifestyles at the Pearl-Qatar

The Pearl-Qatar is a man-made island off the West Bay coast featuring Mediterranean-style yacht-lined marinas, residential towers, villas and hotels, as well as luxury shopping at top brand name boutiques and showrooms. A popular dining spot, its waterfront promenades are lined with cafes and restaurants serving every taste – from a refreshing ice cream to a five-star dining experience. The Pearl is a popular visitor attraction by virtue of its chic elegance, inviting description as the ‘Arabian Riviera’.