Things to Do In Qatar

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I made a list of things I would like to do in Qatar.  I figured we could try one thing each weekend, and that should keep us busy for quite a while.

  1. Museum of Islamic Art–collections of Islamic artifacts
  2. Katara Cultural Village–hosts international, regional and local festivals, workshops, performances and exhibitions.
  3. Souq Waqif–sells traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs
  4. Villagio–shopping mall contains the Gondolania Theme Park, an indoor theme park which includes the Gondolania Ice Rink, one of two ice hockey rinks in Qatar, which is the home of the Qatar Ice Hockey League and the regional Desert Cup tournament. (Carl will be happy.)  It is the only Olympic-size rink in Qatar. Also included are a ten pin bowling center and a rollercoaster.
  5. Corniche–waterfront promenade extending for several kilometers along Doha Bay
  6. Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art–Arab perspective on modern and contemporary art
  7. Grand Mosque–This is one of the largest Mosques in Qatar.
  8. Khor Al Udeid–a desert marvel–tide water advances on the land to form what is known as “internal sea”. By nightfall the sea recedes and the place becomes again a barren piece of land
  9. Film City  and Mystery Valley–movie set that was built and then left for the public to enjoy
  10. Msheireb Enrichment Centre-history of Qatar’s traditions, culture and heritage
  11. City Centre Mall–largest mall in Qatar
  12. Qatar National Museum and Aquarium
  13. Islamic Culture Center–help all non-Arabs to have a better understanding of Islam and culture of Qatar.
  14. Doha Fort (Al Koot)–old military fortresses
  15. Doha Ethnographic Museum (The Wind Tower House)–depicts the lifestyle and history of Qatar around half a century back
  16. Doha Zoo
  17. Squash game
  18. Tennis game
  19. Soccer game
  20. Wholesale Market and Falcon Souq–traditional markets
  21. Gold souq
  22. Animal and bird market
  23. Omani market--curious mishmash of items, such as Saudi dates and hand-woven baskets, Omani dried fish, tobacco and lemons, Iranian honey and pots, camel sticks and incense, and fronds of pollen-baring date flowers
  24. Dhow ride— local fishing boats
  25. Weaponry Museum–collection of swords, knives, armors and guns of Arabic tradition
  26. Second Hand Market
  27. Aladdin’s Kingdom–outdoor entertainment park, has a roller coaster, dodgem cars and go-karts
  28. The Tent–restaurant under a Bedouin-style tent, traditional, carpet and sedan-style setting
  29. Desert safari
  30. Camel riding–(I don’t know how I’m going to get on, but I am riding a camel.)
  31. Doha Cultural Festival–showcases the culture of Qatar, held every year around the month of February
  32. Palm Tree Island–houses many lush gardens and fine beaches
  33. Al Remailah Park— huge lawns where the family can sit and relax
  34. Qatar Heritage Village–mockup of a traditional Qatari village. Not a desert camp, but a seaside settlement, complete with well, nets and even a Dhow permanently under repair.
  35. Ritz Carlton Ramadan Tent–offering traditional Arabic cuisine with a hint of Western influence. There will be over 50 different dishes to try, eight live cooking stations, a Lebanese band, Egyptian dancers, a traditional Syrian juice maker, henna tattoos, falconry on Thursdays and Fridays, and even a miniature souk selling carpets and jewellery boxes.
  36. Singing Sand Dunes–Noise from singing sand dunes, which have been reported in the Middle East for over 1500 years, have been described as “roaring, booming, squeaking, singing or musical
  37. Al Zubarah fFort
  38. Al Shahinaya Camel Racing Track
  39. Oryx Farm–The Qatar Oryx Farm is the home of this Oryx, the national animal of Qatar
  40. Horse racing on Al Fourisaya St.
  41. Al Khor Museum
  42. Al Wakrah Museum–displays marine life and natural history materials
  43. Museum of Orientalists–Its approximate 900 paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints, as well as sculpture and applied art trace Orientalism back to the early 16th century
  44. Sheikh Faisal collection–different collections of arts and artifacts accumulated by Sheikh Faisal over the years from all around the world
  45. Jungle Zone–indoor theme park
  46. Overnight desert camping

3 responses »

  1. Thanks so much for this list, and for your blog! I am moving to Doha in a week, too, and have been looking for other Doha/Qatar-specific blogs to get ready.This list is so great! I am definitely going to make use of it, if you don’t mind.

    By the way, I totally identify with your earlier posts re: trying to get info on visas, flights, etc from HR. I know several others moving to Qatar this month and we’re all in the same boat! I’m trying to remember that leaving the ridiculously fast pace of my US life and work is one of the perks of going to Doha, and to take the good with the not-so-good. I say that, but am still working on putting it into practice! Best wishes for a safe flight to Doha.

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