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A life in the day of Doha Corniche

Take a casual stroll along the capital’s fabled 7-kilometre crescent


You see it on websites; in holiday brochures; on Instagram posts. Welcome to Doha Corniche, the strip that attracts an unimaginable amount of attention.

From the pyramid shaped Sheraton Hotel at the northern end, to the Museum of Islamic Art  at the south, those two destinations are interesting enough, but it’s what can be discovered in between this palm-fringed boulevard that makes it a magnet for Qataris, expatriates and tourists.

Overflowing with restaurants, clubs, parks and cultural attractions, it’s no surprise you’ll discover laughter and happiness all along this promenade. 

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The Corniche

One of Doha’s most iconic attractions, the Doha Corniche is a seven kilometer stretch of gorgeous promenade overlooking the serene waterfront. With a crescent shaped walkway around the Doha Bay, the Corniche offers the best views of the city’s modern skyline, making the epicenter of various occasions such as the National Day celebrations and the National Sports Day. Watch the dhows lighting up the Corniche in the evenings while on your walk around the bay or simply take a boat ride to soak in the vista of this city. 

How to get there?

  • Nearest metro station: Westbay QIC / Corniche / Al Bidda

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On the subject of lush, the area is not all about glittering skyscrapers and awe-inspiring architecture. Sheraton Hotel Park is ideal for picnics, biking and simply enjoying the wonderful scenery. The park’s pyramid-shaped hill affords great views of the stunning West Bay area. Play football, basketball, volleyball, tennis or just cycle your quality time away.

Heading south from the Sheraton, Al Dafna Park is one of the most beautiful gardens in Doha. With enchanting views of the Gulf this delightful space is resplendent with vibrant flora including trees like neem, palm, olive, also seasonal flowers. Take a boat ride, visit the restaurant, let the kids run wild in their play area. 

The Corniche
The Corniche

If you prefer a wide choice of tastes, you’ve come to the right place. The dining experiences along the Corniche are simply too numerous to list here but rest assured, you’ll find delicacies to please your palate. Try Arabian and Lebanese-inspired fine dining at Al Mourjan near the statue of Orry the Oryx, mascot for the 2006 Asian Games. Enjoy your meal in a serene ambience with fascinating views of the azure sea. Other exquisite options include Bukhara, La Veranda Italian Restaurant and West End Café & Patisserie.

Al Bidda Park features exciting play areas with swings, slides and would you believe, zip lines. Skaters spend hours here while grown-ups play tennis, basketball, volleyball, visit the gym, and often end with an evening barbecue under the golden setting sun.
Look over to your right and see the manicured lawns, water features and impressive façade of Emir Palace, the seat of Qatar’s Government.

Designed like a shell with a pearl inside, Pearl Monument sits at the entrance to Dhow Harbor. It is one of the most photographed icons in an already iconic city.

The Port area is resplendent with dhows. Several vessels offer traditional cuisine, and taking a stimulating evening dinner cruise while savoring the Instagrammable Doha skyline bathed in golden sunlight, though not on the menu, is highly recommended.

The Corniche
The Corniche

The Museum of Islamic Art is at the southern end of the Corniche. The building was conceived by Pritzker Prize-winning architect I.M. Pei, best known for designing the glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris.

Museum of Islamic Art Park, or MIA Park offers all kinds of fun activities for kids. Listen to their giggles as they romp on huge trampolines and play in a fantasy castle fitted with ropes, stairs and slides.  It’s a truly family-friendly park for those seeking relaxation and fun. Rent a bicycle and relish the gentle breeze. Partake in a fitness class. When you’ve worked up an appetite grab a bite at MIA café or from a food truck, before watching a movie at the open-air cinema.

At the end of the MIA Park pier sits 7, an 80ft-high steel sculpture created by American artist Richard Serra, exploring the significance of the number seven in Islamic culture.

And finally, beyond the southern edge of the Corniche is the unmissable National Museum of Qatar. Shaped like a desert rose, it was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, and tells the story of Qatar’s rich heritage.

From Sheraton Hotel Park to Museum of Islamic Art, Doha makes full use of its 7-kilometre Corniche. It’s five-star hotels, stunning architecture, nightclubs, local and international cuisine, dhows, lush parks and children’s play areas epitomizes the vibrancy, confidence and zest for life of forward-thinking Qatar.

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