Why You Should Visit Doha, Qatar

Doha, the capital of Qatar, is a cosmopolitan city rooted in its rich heritage. Here are some reasons as to why it should be on your holiday destination bucket list!

Enthralling Souqs

A “souq” is a traditional marketplace and amongst the most popular attractions in Doha is its Souq Waqif which is more than a century old. You will find all manner of items for sale here be it handicrafts, souvenirs, Bedouin weaving, clothing or spices; it’s also home to the Gold Souq and Falcon Souq!

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Water Sports

For some thrills in the ocean when in Doha, hotels by the beach offer plenty of opportunities for water sports. Such properties including the island resort of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas feature banana boating, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, wakeboarding, fishing and diving to see marine life and underwater wrecks.

Museums & Galleries

If it’s culture you are after, you can visit the uniquely designed National Museum of Qatar which offers insights into the nation’s history and heritage. Art lovers will be captivated by the Museum of Islamic Art on the Corniche, while also of note are the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and Fire Station art space.

Beaches & Deserts

Amongst the best things to do in Doha is to spend time at a private beach of a resort. There’s also the public Katara Beach which is a family favourite and Al Wakrah Beach that’s close to the city. You can plan trips to the desert too where everything from dune bashing to camel rides await amidst a sea of sand.

A Doha Holiday with Kids

An ideal place for a family vacay, Doha has much to offer young travellers who will not have to suffer from boredom! Here are some of the many things that you and the kids can enjoy.

Resort Activities

The family-friendly resorts here not only offer spacious beachside villas or suites in Doha but captivating activities as well. Some resorts feature clubs for both kids and teens with plenty of games and things to do; depending on the property, there can be bowling, a cinema and a surf pool on offer too.

Image Credit: Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

Water Sports

At such properties the likes of Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, you will also find exciting water sports to try. Banana boating is a perennial favourite for children, while stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking are ideal for some family exploration. Older kids can look forward to wakeboarding as well.

Places to Visit

The kids will have a blast at some of the best family attractions in Doha; these include Aqua Park Qatar, the Doha Festival City mall with its Angry Birds World and the Gondolania amusement park at the Villaggio Mall. You can also enjoy time at the Doha Corniche and have a picnic at Aspire Park.

Beach Escapes

Nothing beats a day out on the sand and beside the ocean which the kids are bound to love when at the beaches in Doha. The Katara Beach which also features water sports and a play area is amongst the most popular, while Al Wakrah Beach and the Simaisma Family Beach are worth heading to as well.

 

Doha as a Tourist Destination

Doha – the capital city of Qatar is located on the coast of the Persian Gulf. This rising city attracts many tourists across the globe paying tribute to its spectacular architecture and one of a kind cultural heritage. Here are a few of the must-visit attractions if you are visiting Doha as a tourist.

 

The Museum of Islamic Art
Located closeby to many hotels in Doha Qatar, such as the popular Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels By Tivoli, the Museum of Islamic Art is an architectural gem of this city. Here you will find a collection of Islamic paintings that were collected from three continents over 1400 years!

The Doha Corniche
No one can visit Doha as a tourist and leave without visiting the ever-famous Doha Corniche! The Doha Corniche is a waterfront promenade that reshaped the country’s coastline in the 1970s and 1980s. It is an ideal place to visit for a leisurely stroll with the family.

Explore Souq Waqif
Considered a one-stop-shop for all things shopping and dining – the Souq Waqif is also one of Doha’s top attractions to visit as a tourist. Explore the alleys filled with many Arabian delights such as spices, perfumes, and even embroidered items for you to take back home as souvenirs!

The Pearl
Known as the first land in Qatar to be available for freehold ownership for foreign nationals, the Pearl is an offshore artificial island in Doha’s West Bay lagoon area. There are many high-end retail shops in this area that you could engage in some luxury shopping!

 

Diving in Doha

Doha is the capital city of the State of Qatar and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region. The city is renowned for the wide range of shopping, dining and luxury accommodation settings it offers tourists. However, an often underrated attraction in Doha is the amazing diving opportunities it serves.

Due to its popularity among tourists in Doha, hotels you can choose from vary in price, service and luxury. For a fine mix of all three, consider staying at the Banana Island Resort, Doha, by Anantara. It places within close proximity to leading dive centres in the region as well.

The city is home to seven popular dive sites, all of which are accessible via PADI certified dive instructors from a number of centres in the region. The Old Club Reef (OCR) and New Club Reef (NCR) are both situated close to the Mesaieed sealine, about half hour away from Doha. The former is an artificial reef and is approximately 16 metres deep. NCR is about 20 metres deep. OCR and NCR are both rich in marine life and home to resident fish types such as Arabian Blue Angel Fish, Sergeant Major, Groupers, Batfish, Barracuda, Spangled Emperors, Twobar Seabream and much more. Other similar dive sites that immerse you in the regions rich marine life are the Inland Sea and Eel Garden.

Fans of wreckages are in for a treat as well. The Pericles Shipwreck of Al Ed-Al Gharbi is 35 metres deep. Here divers get to see an enormous sunken shipwreck with plenty of exploration opportunities. Its massive propeller is sure to leave you in awe. The Al Ed-Al Sharqi sea line, about an hour and half from the city, boasts of another huge sunken shipwreck called the MO Wreck. About 25 metres deep, this wreck is also home to some beautiful fish species.

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Things to know about Doha

Qatar is the land of the wealthy. It has shown steady and steep economic growth in the past few years and its citizens have more purchasing power than those of the United States or the United Kingdom. The country has investments all over the world, it owns Harrods and the Olympic village site in London along with the largest number of shares in Sainsbury’s and it even co-owns Miramax films!
Doha, the capital itself is on the move, climbing its way to the very top. Heavily invested in construction and development, this city is set to become one of the leading cities in the Persian Gulf region. Doha International Airport, home base of Qatar Airways, is becoming a major transit hub as the national carrier grows its network and connects Qatar with the world. Visitors to the city come for a taste of the affluent lifestyle and the luxury hotels in Doha do not disappoint. The epitome of such an experience would be an island getaway with access provided exclusively by yacht or private helicopter, Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara promises precisely this and much more if you choose to stay with them.
Furthermore, the destination of extremes awaits! Head to the giant dunes for some adrenaline pumping action sports; learn about the country’s art and culture by touring the many museums and historic sites, like eighteen century Fort Zubara; or shop to your heart’s content at swankiest of malls, one of which is designed to look like Venice, complete with a long canal offering gondola rides! Food of every kind and cuisine imaginable is readily available but alcohol is restricted in many restaurants and can only be found in hotels which are linked to the international chains.

 

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Things to Do in Doha

The bustling city of Doha is an engrossing metropolis to explore, offering a host of attractions for the visitor. When it comes to selecting Doha hotels an alluring choice would be the Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara. This appealing resort offers many attractions for the modern traveller.

Doha is a vibrant city that provides an array of interesting things to do for the visitor. Shopping is a major local highlight, with both modern and traditional shopping opportunities on offer. You will find a selection of splendid modern malls, including such attractions as the vast Doha City Centre Mall and the Villaggio Mall with its classy Italian theme. On the other hand the traditional marketplaces offer a very different experience featuring bargains in the form of gold, jewellery, textiles, spices and more.

Naturally no visit to this city would be complete without taking the time to appreciate its distinctive culture and heritage. You will find numerous sightseeing attractions such as towers and forts in the environs of the city. Visitors will have the opportunity to view many traditional handicraft creations at the impressive Doha Fort. Another highlight is the Al Zubara Fort and Museum where you will find a host of interesting artefacts and antiques showcasing the history of the city. Not to be missed are the various museums where you will find an array of exquisite Islamic art.

Visitors should also undoubtedly take the opportunity to take a cruise on a traditional dhow sailing vessel. As you sail to the city’s Corniche you will be able to enjoy a sensational view of the splendid high-rise skyline. Another not-to-be-missed experience is the chance to go on a desert safari in the vast sandy expanses bordering the city. You will be able to undertake dune bashing in four wheel drive vehicles and obtain an understanding of the lifestyle of the nomadic Bedouins. With so much to see and experience a visit to Doha will always be memorable.

 

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Enjoy Arabian Adventure Tours

Arab is known for bringing heaps of memorable experiences with its striking contrasts and unique surprises. If seeking a hotel in Doha give Millennium Hotel Doha a try, as a Doha hotel of this calibre always ensures a delightful stay. If you intend to make the most of your holiday be it a solo adventure or family getaway, Arabian adventure tours are a must try. The tours will include a camel ride along the dramatic sand dunes. Savour exotic regional cuisine as the dusk sets in. Desert camping is also an option during when you will be entertained by the performance of a belly dancer as you feast on traditional delicacies.

 

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Sailing in Doha

Traveller to Doha has a plethora of must try activities. It is essential to find an ideally located Doha Qatar hotel such as Kingsgate Hotel Doha, an exemplary hotel Doha has to offer. Sailing is considered to be one of the world’s oldest sports. Now you can indulge in this exciting leisure activity when in Doha. Additionally you also have the options of rowing, windsurfing, kayaking and kite-boarding which said to be a surface water sport in which you will use a board with foot-straps and a large controllable kite that propels you and the board across the water. Whatever the sport you choose to indulge in be sure to apply sunscreen and wear a pair of sunglasses and a hat, since it is usually quite sunny in the region.

Roaming the Sands

Having seen it in the movies or in other people’s home videos, having a desert adventure to boast about is a must on a trip to Doha. If time is short adventurers can opt for an evening desert safari with a barbeque under the stars thrown or stay in a tented camp overnight to truly have a great adventure experience.

Adventurers venture out usually in convoys, 45 km south of Doha to enjoy the thrills of the desert. Dune bashing in a speeding 4×4 up and down the dunes and across a barren landscape littered with rocks and scrub is most people’s first introduction to the desert as well as the beginning of their Doha desert adventure. To anyone who thought that a desert was just a flat sandy area this is a good eye opener as the 4×4 races up steep dune crests and the next instant plunges down leaving a fluttery feeling in the stomach. Experienced and skilful drivers who wish to have a go at dune bashing can try it after a bit of practice. For those whose sense of adventure is tied up with action, sand boarding down the dunes, quad biking, riding twin seater buggies around dunes and trekking are other ways to enhance their experiences of the surroundings. Besides this, strange things happen in the desert outside Doha. Greyhound racing is one of them. Getting an expensive sports car bashed about in a rally and playing golf in the sand are other extraordinary experiences.

No desert adventure is complete without visiting a desert camp where the vastness and the solitude of the desert can be experienced underneath a star studded sky. In this case a camp by the Arabian Gulf. Interestingly this location is one of only two places in the world where sand dunes are found close to an expanse of water. Sitting on rugs around a campfire in the evening getting introduced to Arabic food and music and relaxing with a shisha afterward are essential parts of the Doha adventure experience. A camel ride before dinner where a reluctant beast has to be prodded to take up riders is an interesting diversion. Swaying atop the animal one can begin to understand the manner in which vast sandy spaces were traversed all those years ago. A horse ride over the dunes early in the mornings before the heat sets in or later in the evening is one of the best ways to experience the beauty and vastness of the desert.

Stay in one of the best locations in the city at Ascott Doha in close proximity to important commercial, business and entertainment destinations. Offering well designed studio, one, two bedroom and three bedroom apartments equipped with all conveniences desired by modern travellers, these Doha serviced apartments are the ideal living spaces for individuals, couples and families. When visiting the city choose these serviced apartments Doha to experience a relaxing stay where all needs are met.

Aladdin’s kingdom

Established in 1994 to promote Arabian culture through a fun and entertaining medium, the Kingdom of Aladdin amusement park enthralls park-goers of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Make this theme park part of your “to-do” list on a fun day out for the whole family as part of a stay at one of the stylish Doha serviced apartments in the heart of the city, such as the Ascott Doha. Situated near easy transport links, you’ve got the city in the palm of your hand to explore from one of the most elegant serviced apartments in Doha. Explorers of all ages are sure to love the mystical Kingdom of Aladdin theme park, also known as the “Family Fun Park of 1,001 Delights”, and also “Entertainment City”. Enjoy some fun rides such as the Ferris Wheel and Carousel for the younger crowd, and exciting bumper cars and go-karts for those looking for a little more action. Take a leap of faith on the trampoline, try your hand at air hockey, and challenge your best high scores at the video game arcade.  Budding artists will love bringing their imaginations to life on paper at the Print and Stamp section that allows a kid’s inner artist to bloom into fruition. Several restaurants located onsite will add a much-needed dose of fuel in between attractions. Be sure to call ahead before you visit, as some days are set aside for women and children below 12 years only, other days just for single men and boys above 12 years old, with the rest of the week set aside for the entire family.  With daily costume parades that allow ample photo opportunities, an amphitheatre that puts on the most fantastic shows, and a fireworks show to look forward to, the memories you make at The Kingdom of Aladdin theme park are sure to be cherished for a lifetime.