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15 amazing female-friendly things to do in Qatar

Qatar is one of the safest places in the world, and whether you’re travelling alone or with your friends, the country has unlimited options for an unforgettable women-only trip. 

Whether you love shopping, art spaces, fine dining experiences and afternoon tea or relaxation opportunities, you’ll never feel bored in Qatar. These are the top 15 female-friendly activities you can do while in the country. 

1. Step back in time at Souq Waqif

Doha’s traditional market definitely calls for a visit while in Qatar. Shopping is one option, but there is so much more to it than that; explore its tiny alleyways, sample local spices and herbs, chill like a local at one of the cafes or learn about falconry at the Falcon Souq. If you want the authentic feeling of a Qatari bazaar, Souq Waqif is the place to be.

2. Indulge in some jewellery shopping at the Gold Souq

While in Souq Waqif, head over to the Gold Souq to admire the intricate designs of gold jewellery, dazzling gems and luxury watches, have your items repaired or get a custom necklace with your name in Arabic calligraphy. You will find the Gold Souq in a separate building near the main bazaar.

 

3. Enjoy a ladies night out at the Ritz-Carlton

For an unforgettable evening out in Doha, the luxurious haven of The Ritz-Carlton is the ultimate destination. The hotel offers a wide range of dining options that bring international gastronomy to the spotlight. Choose between STK Doha, the American steakhouse concept, Sel & Miel with French-inspired tastes, B-Lounge for Asian fusion cuisine or the Lagoon with its impressive buffets and the majestic view of the Arabian Gulf and enjoy a unique dining experience with friends. Check in advance for special ladies-night offers and discounts.

4. Experience total serenity with a spa day at Al Messila

Exquisite design, luxurious facilities, skilled therapists; the spa at Al Messila offers an incredible opportunity to experience tranquillity with carefully curated treatments such as massages, facials or special treatments at the Ladies Wellness Retreat and the state-of-the-art Health Center that will offer you an unforgettable experience of relaxation and beauty.

5. Head to Four Seasons Hotel for afternoon tea

The signature afternoon tea or high tea experience is the perfect setting to spend an enjoyable afternoon with friends. Sweet and savoury tastes along with fine teas await you at the Seasons Tea Lounge daily from 2 pm to 7 pm. Not to miss!

6. Enjoy spectaculars views at the Museum of Islamic Art

Spend a quiet afternoon admiring the extensive collections at the Museum of Islamic Art and later relax as you enjoy a snack with a fresh juice or coffee, thanks to the MIA Park Cafe that offers majestic views of Doha’s West Bay. There is also a wide selection of picnic baskets to choose from for a complete outdoor picnic experience.

 

7. Take an afternoon stroll at the Corniche

The Corniche, one of the most popular spots in Doha to stroll, runs along the Doha Bay and allows incredible views to the Arabian Gulf, with dhows lining up and the skyscrapers of West Bay in the background offering the perfect spot for an evening walk or watching sunset.

8. Explore the man-made island of The Pearl

Also known as “the Arabian Riviera”, The Pearl is one-of-a-kind; luxurious hotels, designer boutiques, fine dining restaurants, a yacht-filled marina, the Venice-inspired Qanat Quartier and beautiful gardens; The Pearl is one of the most popular attractions in Doha and definitely worth dedicating a day to explore all it has to offer.

9. Join a yoga class at one of Doha’s hotels

Kickstart your day with a rejuvenating yoga class in one of Doha’s hotels that offer yoga facilities and lessons. You will enjoy your yoga class in a beautiful setting by the pool or on the hotel’s rooftop and refresh your mind and body to enjoy the rest of your day.

10. Book a desert safari and get your dose of excitement

Experience the wild beauty of the Qatari desert with a thrilling safari at the sand dunes. Join the team of 365 Adventures to take a tour of the dunes as well as exploring Khor Al Adaid, Qatar’s Inland Sea. It is a UNESCO recognized natural reserve site that will take your breath away.

11. Relax by the pool at InterContinental Doha

The iconic hotel in the heart of Doha offers one of the best pool terraces in the city to relax and refresh, enjoy soft drinks, juices and snacks and get some well-deserved relaxation under the Arabian sun!

12. Enjoy the ultimate shopping experience at Villagio Mall

A luxurious shopping destination, the globally recognized Villagio Mall has it all; high-end boutiques from acclaimed brands all over the world, famous retail stores, gondola rides, a plethora of dining options, an IMAX cinema, a theme park for the kids and many more. Prepare for a day of pure excitement and fun!

13. Book a kitesurfing lesson with an experienced trainer

If you are into water sports, consider booking a kitesurfing lesson in one of Qatar’s kitesurfing schools. Your instructor will introduce you to the basics of the sport with theory and safe systems and slowly lead you to the water to teach the kite steering techniques and finally, for you to experience your first ride.

14. Share a romantic dhow cruise

Be it with your significant other, a friend, or just a serene me-time, dhow cruises are a must when in Doha. The majestic traditional wooden boats used for pearling in the past are the perfect means of transport to sail in and explore the beauty of the Arabian Gulf. You can enjoy a short ride readily available at the Corniche or book one in advance for the whole evening with fresh Arabic BBQ dinner served onboard.

15. Spend a day at the Qatar National Library

Spend a day at one of the most beautiful spaces in Qatar. The impressive Qatar National Library, an architectural marvel in itself, offers a wide range of activities. Select a book to read from its rich collection, get some work done in one of the designated work spaces, enjoy a coffee and snack at the café or attend one of the various events, such as a night with the Philharmonic Orchestra.

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