Qatar Guide – Here are the amazing things to do in the country
With nearly two million people, Qatar has been named the wealthiest country in the world by Forbes magazine over the last three years. With the highest GDP per capita in the world, Qatar is divided into seven municipalities.
The city of Doha, the capital of Qatar, is generally home to most residents and expatriates. December to Gregorian calendar month is the best time to go to Qatar.
Meanwhile, it is quite cold, because, around the same time, the weather system that begins in Siberia begins to take shape, with the cold front extending from the region to the Middle East. Almost all areas of Qatar are accessible by bus or taxi. Let’s start our journey and walk through some of the most beautiful places and amazing things to do in Qatar.
1. GO ON A SAND DUNE ADVENTURE
Many of us dreamed of riding a camel and going on a desert safari. It’s one of those classic adventure experiences and, surprisingly, one of the best things to do in Doha.
To truly enjoy nature at its best and experience the immense desert, dive into the dunes outside the city.
Leave the drab asphalt behind for the adrenaline rush of the dunes and expect breathtaking scenery on a roller coaster ride through the vast desert.
There are many different ways in the dunes. You can enjoy a smooth ride or, if you want to excite, tell your travel agent that you prefer a quick and bumpy route.
Desert safaris offer you a unique experience. Take a stroll on the white sandy beaches and swim in the crystal clear water of Khor Al Udaid, The best lap will be the moment, so if you start the return trip, you will witness the spectacular sunset over Doha.
2. SPEND A DAY AT THE MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART
The Museum of Islamic Art is considered the most important cultural monument of Qatar, and rightly so since it presents the Islamic art of three continents over a period of 1400 years. Inside the walls are some of the oldest and most precious objects in the Middle East.
The collections that have taken up residence at the Museum of Islamic Art come from places as fascinating as Turkey, Iran, Egypt, etc., all linked by their common Islamic history. Spend a few hours here and you will see different types of artefacts, calligraphies, ceramics and more. In the museum, you can also attend a variety of art exhibitions with works by international and local artists.
3. HEAD TO THE TOP OF THE ASPIRE TOWER
The tower is Qatar’s tallest structure and building and certainly deserves a visit for several reasons.
It’s an architectural gem with a modern interior, a panoramic pool on the 19th floor and a large 360-degree restaurant at the top to admire the magnificent city views.
4. VISIT SOUQ WAQIF
Visit Doha’s Souq Waqif to get an idea of the old world. The “permanent market” has been rebuilt to evoke an atmosphere of yesteryear.
The iconic souk is a labyrinth of shops full of dust, spices, sweets, household items (think big pots), souvenirs and art. Not only will you find woodcarvers and tailors working on site, but you will also see how traditional men use Qatari men to keep their hairstyles in place.
There is an abundance of restaurants, including Syrian and Lebanese restaurants, as well as narghile salons. Head to the souk mosque for a cheap Arab meal. In addition, it is a modest restaurant with Qatari banks that fills the corridor.
5. SEE EAST-WEST/WEST-EAST ARTWORK
Qatar is passionate about promoting art and culture in all its forms and has commissioned world-renowned artists to create truly unique works. Raising sand The Brouq Nature Reserve, 60 km northwest of Doha, is home to the east-west / west-east installation of sculptor Richard Serra.
It consists of four plates each about 15 meters long, located in a corridor of one kilometre from the desert to the sea. Serra says he chose this place because he likes the height of the old sea level and the high plates that represent it.
Sheikh Hamad, now known as “Father Emir”, remembers how he had seen antelopes gather during his childhood. Now, Qataris, expatriates and tourists come here to create their own memories in an impressive context.
6. ATTEND SPORTING EVENT
New stadiums and infrastructure are being built to accommodate the anticipated flow of supporters for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
They will be in good company because football is the most popular sport among the local community and expats, but it is not the only sport that attracts an audience.
The world tour ATP, which stops every winter in the capital, attracts the giants of tennis, including Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki. The Qatar Moto Grand Prix, the World Superbikes and the Qatar Masters Golf Tournament are also annual events. The same goes for Qatar’s traditional sports: Arab horse races, camel races and falconry.
7. VISIT KATARA CULTURAL VILLAGE
Located on the pearl road, the cultural village of Katara is the jewel of Qatar’s artistic and cultural scene.
A labyrinth of corridors and waterways passes through here and reveals spaces for artists, filmmakers and photographers.
You will find a mosque with a turquoise and purple mosaic pattern, an outdoor amphitheatre overlooking the sea and an opera with the Qatar Philharmonic.
8. EAT AT THE BEST BRUNCH SPOTS
The hotels in the capital bring brunch to another level. They are numerous, whimsical and generally delicious, with options such as sushi, salad, roasts, grilled meats, cheese, bread, chocolate fountains and bubbles.
Jean-Georges’ market at Hotel W is at the rendezvous, Vine at The St. Regis attracts chocolate lovers and, for children, a captivating party is organized at the picnic of the super-heroes of the Ritz- Carlton, which is held on the last Friday of the month.
If you’re not here at the end of the month, Sheraton Grand Doha offers garden brunch at La Veranda Italian Restaurant and Al Hubara Restaurant is also a great place to dine.