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Cultural Itinerary

From traditional souqs, to museums, art galleries and installations to UNESCO heritage sites and forts outside it, culture, art, and history are everywhere in Qatar.

Highlights

Day 1

Start with the museums

To get a taste of the country’s history, and its Islamic heritage, the beautifully designed Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) and the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) offer a window into a past world. Take a guided private tour, experience live traditional music shows or test your hand at Arabic calligraphy at the Museum of Islamic Art. The MIA charts 1400 years of Islamic history, while the NMoQ’s interactive exhibits allow visitors to walk through the history of the region. 

Experience the local culture

The newly regenerated Msheireb Downtown takes inspiration from Qatar’s heritage, which is brought to live at the Msheireb Museums housed within four heritage houses. A tram ride through the downtown is the perfect way to admire the architecture of the area. Walk through Al Kahraba St., the first street in Qatar to be electrified, and wander through the shops and cafés lining the street.

Wander around Souq Waqif

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.

What visitors say

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

Cultural Itinerary
Maria A. Travel blogger

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.

End of journey

Useful information

  • 2 Days

    Duration

  • Transport

  • 230 Km

    Distance

Experience Qatar's cutlural highlights

  1. National Museum of Qatar
  2. Msheireb Downtown Doha
  3. Souq Waqif
  4. Al Zubarah Fort
  5. Al Shaqab
  6. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
  7. Katara Cultural Village

From museusm to ancient forts and more. Explore the cultural gems Qatar has to offer