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Two days for Doha

From water sports to camping, nature to architecture, Qatar’s got something for everyone

Day 1
Morning

From Qatar’s museums and galleries to Katara Cultural Village and Souq Waqif, walk through the country’s heritage. Start the morning at Katara Cultural Village and take in the intricate beauty of the Katara mosque, pigeon towers, as well as art galleries showcasing local artists. Grab a bite at one of the many cafes and restaurants, or take a stroll along the beach. Next, take a ‘Hop on, Hop off’ Doha Bus tour, which offers an efficient way to take in the sights. 

Afternoon

Head to the stunning Museum of Islamic Art, covering 14 centuries of Islamic art and artefacts.  Be awed by the desert-rose inspired National Museum of Qatar, where interactive displays bring the country’s past to life.  Spend the evening wandering through the traditional market Souq Waqif, where a panoply of delights await. End with a stroll along the Corniche board walk and a ride on a Dhow boat to enjoy the sea breeze as well as spectacular night views of the skyline.

Water, water everywhere

End your day at the bustling Souq Waqif for a taste of the local culture. Built on the site of an ancient market, is where travelers can hold a falcon in their hand or feel like Midas in the shimmering alleys of the gold Souq. The alleys of Souq Waqif are alive with living history, and keepsakes.  

Souqs remain an important part of daily life in Qatar, and with its central location within Doha, Souq Waqif is an ever popular spot for locals and visitors alike.

Souq Waqif is one of the most authentic places in Doha. I loved the scents, the flavors... Will be back!

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Maria A. Travel blogger
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Day 2
Explore Qatar's heritage

Qatar’s storied pearling industry can be explored at Al Zubarah, once the largest pearl harvesting and trading center in Qatar and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just north of Doha. The historic Zubarah Fort been transformed into a museum displaying diverse exhibits and artworks. Visitors can explore partial excavations dating to the 17th century, with the remains of palaces, courtyard houses, mosques, defensive walls, streets, a canal and cemeteries. Murair Fort, a ruined and abandoned castle built by Al Bin Ali of the Utub tribe in 1778, is adjacent to the site.

Explore the living heritage

Head back to the city and take in the architecture at Education City. Marvel at the horses at the Al Shaqab Equestrian Centre. Home to over 700 horses, this state-of-the-art equine Eden is filled with rich history and heritage. Take a private tour of the first-rate facilities and wonder at the stunning horses. Check out the Education City Mosque, and the Quranic Botanic Gardens, before witnessing vibrant Arab art at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art.  

Discover Katara Cultural Village

End your day at Katara Cultural Village, Doha’s go-to destination for all things art, culture, entertainment and food. Wander through the village and experience Qatar’s history through the old-style architecture. The development is home to theaters, galleries and performance venues which have a year-round program of concerts, shows and exhibitions. Stop for dinner at one of the many traditional or international restaurants or take a stroll along Katara beach.

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Day 2
Morning

Qatar’s storied pearling industry can be explored at Al Zubarah, once the largest pearl harvesting and trading center in Qatar and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just north of Doha. The historic Zubarah Fort been transformed into a museum displaying diverse exhibits and artworks. Visitors can explore partial excavations dating to the 17th century, with the remains of palaces, courtyard houses, mosques, defensive walls, streets, a canal and cemeteries. Murair Fort, a ruined and abandoned castle built by Al Bin Ali of the Utub tribe in 1778, is adjacent to the site.

Explore the living heritage

Head back to the city and take in the architecture at Education City. Marvel at the horses at the Al Shaqab Equestrian Centre. Home to over 700 horses, this state-of-the-art equine Eden is filled with rich history and heritage. Take a private tour of the first-rate facilities and wonder at the stunning horses. Check out the Education City Mosque, and the Quranic Botanic Gardens, before witnessing vibrant Arab art at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art.  

Discover Katara Cultural Village

End your day at Katara Cultural Village, Doha’s go-to destination for all things art, culture, entertainment and food. Wander through the village and experience Qatar’s history through the old-style architecture. The development is home to theaters, galleries and performance venues which have a year-round program of concerts, shows and exhibitions. Stop for dinner at one of the many traditional or international restaurants or take a stroll along Katara beach.

End of day 2

Day one

From Qatar’s museums and galleries to Katara Cultural Village and Souq Waqif, walk through the country’s heritage. Start the morning at Katara Cultural Village and take in the intricate beauty of the Katara mosque, pigeon towers, as well as art galleries showcasing local artists. Grab a bite at one of the many cafes and restaurants, or take a stroll along the beach. Next, take a ‘Hop on, Hop off’ Doha Bus tour, which offers an efficient way to take in the sights. 

Head to the stunning Museum of Islamic Art, covering 14 centuries of Islamic art and artefacts.  Be awed by the desert-rose inspired National Museum of Qatar, where interactive displays bring the country’s past to life.  Spend the evening wandering through the traditional market Souq Waqif, where a panoply of delights await. End with a stroll along the Corniche board walk and a ride on a Dhow boat to enjoy the sea breeze as well as spectacular night views of the skyline.

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Museum of Islamic Art

Water, water everywhere

From kayaking at the Al Thakira mangroves to a desert safari at the Inland Sea, Qatar continues to look sea-ward.

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Inland Sea

Slow down with nature

Adventure-seekers can kickstart their second day kayaking in the Al Thakira mangroves in north-eastern Qatar or stay beachside at their hotel, sampling a variety of watersports. Next, head south to Khor Al Adaid (Inland Sea), Qatar’s impressive UNESCO-listed natural reserve where the sea encroaches deep into the heart of the desert. Take a desert safari and enjoy dune bashing, sand boarding or a camel ride before rounding off the day at a traditional Bedouin style camp with a barbeque under the stars.

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Kayaking in the Al Thakira mangroves

48h Itinerary

  1. Katara Cultural Village
  2. Souq Waqif
  3. The Corniche
  4. Al Thakira Mangroves
  5. Inland Sea

Discover Doha's most popular attractions, from cultural treasures to seaside landscapes and local markets. Enjoy the city's greatest hits with a jam-packed 48 hours that will leave you wanting more of this hidden gem.

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