Qatar may be the richest country in the world but it doesn't mean that there are affordable things you can do especially in the city. There's actually a lot of places you can go to for free or for cheap without burning a hole in your pocket. And thanks to the Doha Metro, you can easily go from one place to another for only QR 2!
To get you started, here are some of the budget-friendly options that you can do in Doha while still saving those riyals!
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One of Doha's oldest commercial districts, Msheireb Downtown Doha has since been given a makeover and is now the "world’s first sustainable downtown regeneration project."
You can easily reach it via the Msheireb Metro Station and taking the Downtown east exit. Not up to walking around? You can take the FREE Msheireb Tram to be able to tour around MDD.
When you get hungry, you can stop by Anis at Park Hyatt Doha and grab their pastries for breakfast (starts at QR 5), bread at Rusk Artisanal Bakery (starts at QR 6), or a donut from The Box Donut (starts at QR 12).
Don't forget to stop by Msheireb Museums to explore the four heritage houses. The entrance is free!
Like Msheireb Downtown Doha, you can also access Souq Waqif via Doha Metro. Start your day with breakfast from a popular Qatari restaurant called Shay Al Shoomos then work your way along the alleyways of the Souq, exploring the nooks and crannies of the "standing market." Feel free to window shop and take lots of photos too!
Come lunch, you can head to Shujaa restaurant and enjoy their affordable kebabs which costs QR 3 per stick.
Prefer to go out later in the day? One popular spot is called Bandar at the Corniche where you sit or stand near the ledge, sipping your Karak while chatting and admiring the panoramic views of Doha's skyline in the afternoon or at night. Make sure to watch out for these iconic buildings in Doha along the Corniche.
From Souq Waqif, you can take the underpass to reach the Pearl Monument. Just head on straight to the street leading to the water, walking past by Banana Island Port (Al Shyoukh Terminal).
You can grab something to bite or to drink at Birjul Corniche Cafeteria (Burj Al Corniche Cafeteria). A cup of Karak costs QR 2 and Chicken Burger starts at QR 5.
Lusail City, Qatar's upcoming "largest sustainable city in Qatar", is taking shape. Lusail Marina is the most popular destination there as of now, with residents and citizens taking advantage of the city's version of Doha Corniche. There are fountains for kids and plenty of spaces to walk/jog/run or play other activities like skating and biking.
Afterwards, walk to the nearby Lusail Marina Food Arena which has plenty of food and drinks options.
You can reach Lusail Marina via Doha Metro and taking the free Metroexpress from Lusail Metro station.
Hop off Katara Metro station and explore sights around Katara Cultural Village. Go window shopping at 21 High Street, admire the beautiful mosques, take a peek at the Amphitheater, exercise at Katara Hills, take photos of Katara Beach (the beach has entrance fees), and find as much public art as you can!
Don't forget to stop by the popular Chapati & Karak for their affordable bestsellers. Chapati starts at QR 2 and Karak starts at QR 3.
Have you been to all of these places? Which places in Qatar do you know fit the budget? Let us know in the comments!
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