Qatar has many beautiful places to see and explore. How much of Qatar have you already seen? To help you with your quest, we have put together a bucket list of things to see in Qatar from A-Z! Time to tick them off your list!
This is hands down one of Qatar’s most famous parks and one of the biggest too. Families and even individuals can have a great time here, enjoying pleasant evenings, picnics, walking and exercising at the park. The artificial lake at the park is also a huge attraction to the visitors. Have a gala time here as this is one of the must visit places in Qatar.
Also known as the Umm Salal Mohammed Fort Towers, Barzan Towers is situated in the suburbs of Doha. The towers were built during the 19th century and were used as a lookout to protect the water sources. These watchtowers, which are next to an oasis are made out of coral stone and limestone. These two distinct towers are still standing tall and are worth the visit for travelling back in time.
You must have visited this place before, but it still makes it into our list as it is just that iconic. The Doha Corniche serves its viewers with unique and some of the best views of the city’s skyline, every single time. Go for a run, a jog or even simply to enjoy some peaceful time by the waves. Opt for dhow rides into the sea, too! The Corniche is a place that never disappoints!
Dukhan is a great family beach to visit in Qatar and is located in the western side of the country. It has parking spots, BBQ pits, restrooms and even pagodas for a relaxed time. It is about one hour drive away from Doha but is definitely a beach that you’d love going to again and again.
This spectacular modern art installation spans over a kilometre at the Brouq nature reserve and contains four steel plates that are each over 14 meters high. This public art has been vandalized and Qatar Museums has called for its preservation. Visit these imposing structures and marvel at its beauty.
Freiha is an abandoned town situated 5km north of Zubarah. Since the 18th century, this settlement has changed over time. Go back in time and imagine how life would have been in those times in Qatar.
The Grand Mosque or the Imam Abdul Wahhab Mosque is one of Qatar’s most magnificent structures. It is located in the Jubailat area in Doha on Al Mohandiseen Street in Doha. The mosque’s contemporary design combines Qatari traditions through its exterior and interior décor. Do not miss visiting this wonder in Qatar!
This is your first and last destination in and out of Qatar and the airport has a lot to offer right from shopping, dining, enjoying public art pieces and just relaxing before your flight. Though these can’t be enjoyed now due to the current restrictions, you can soon enjoy them at our beloved airport!
Inland Sea is known for its breath-taking beauty and scenery. November to April is the best time to visit this place as the temperatures drop. Enjoy the pristine beaches, clear waters and the sand dunes. You will need a 4x4 to reach the place and many tour companies offer packages for a trip to Inland Sea.
This is another popular destination in the north of Qatar. It is also known for the turtle nesting season from April to July each year and the beach is closed to the public during those times. Enjoy the sunrise or sunset, barbeque at the beach and a quiet time here.
The epicentre of Qatar’s art and cultural scene, Katara Cultural Village is the perfect spot for art enthusiasts to enjoy. Visit the private beach, marvel at the beautiful mosques, visit the Pigeon Towers or enjoy a nice jog at Katara Hill’s planned jogging track to get some steps in.
Lusail City is an upcoming city, perched on the waterfront, and one which is all set to become a modern community, tourist and business hub, according to its developers – Qatari Diar. There are many attractions at Lusail City that one can visit like the Marina Promenade, Crescent Park and visitors can also take a look the upcoming Lusail Stadium apart from the unique looking buildings like the Marina Twin towers and the Waterfront Hotel and Apartments.
Msheireb Downtown Doha is a sustainable downtown project and is located close to prominent locations like the Corniche, Souq Waqif, Amiri Diwan and Doha’s Financial District. The project boasts many cafés and restaurants, apart from galleries, Msheireb Museums, Msheireb Prayer Grounds, etc. You can also take some great photographs at this location.
Explore Qatar right from its earliest times to the present day at the National Museum of Qatar. The building itself is very unique to look at and the design is inspired by the desert rose. Find maps, models, historical texts and photographs that depict the country’s past and shop for games, activity books and souvenirs at the gift shop. Enjoy Qatari cuisine at Café 875 and also enjoy the delicacies at Jiwan Restaurant and the Desert Rose Café at the museum.
Al Maha Sanctuary, Arabian Sanctuary or the Oryx Farm is located along Dukhan highway and according to afar.com, is the only breeding place in Qatar of the Oryx. Many tour companies in Qatar offer packages for a trip to see these magnificent creatures that are a symbol of Qatar.
Purple Island in Qatar is a must-visit place for anyone. It is a natural wonder located in the municipality of Al Khor. It is the number one destination for nature lovers and for someone who wants to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. It is the place to explore Qatar’s biodiversity, go kayaking and have a wonderful time, getting closer to nature.
Qatar National Library is the country’s largest library with thousands of books across all genres. Explore the library and it’s beautiful setting while you’re getting some reading done. QNL, as it is also called, conducts regular courses and events you can take part in. Due to the current situation, visits to the library is only by appointment but this place in Qatar is definitely worth the visit apart from research and reading purposes.
Want to know how police stations looked like in Qatar in 1955? Visit the Al Ruwais Old Police Station for a glimpse of the past. It has since been restored by Qatar Museums and is now a permanent exhibition space with a café called Arsan Café. It is the northernmost café in Qatar and has recently become a popular destination for people for the beautiful outdoor views and speciality coffee.
The souqs of Qatar are extremely special and a must-visit. They are tourist hotspots and offer great shopping, food and cultural experiences.
The Torch Doha is a luxury project, located at Qatar’s sports city – Aspire Zone. It is designed to represent a torch and the hotel has ‘Three Sixty’, a restaurant located at 300 meters high, which is Doha’s only revolving restaurant, providing guests with a 360-degree view of the city. It serves international cuisine with a Mediterranean twist.
The Umm Bab Clay Quarry depicts an unusual yet stunning landscape after years of digging for limestone and clay. You can find bizarre clay and rock formations here. It is located about 12 kilometres south of Umm Bab. According to Atlas Obscura, there is no paved path to reach the place but a 4x4 should be your preferred vehicle. The clay excavations are still ongoing so you might find a lot of activity in the area.
Villaggio is one of the first shopping malls of Qatar and is home to many high-end stores here. Apart from shopping at Villagio Mall, the Venice inspired canal at the centre of the mall attracts mall visitors and tourists alike. Take a ride in the Gondola boat, which also acts as a great photo spot with your family and friends.
The Wind Tower House is a historical landmark. It is located at the courtyard of the Najada Shopping Plaza and you can find it off Grand Hamad Avenue and Ali Bin Abdulla Street. This building once was the Ethnographical Museum, but it is now closed and the house is no longer open to the public, although it can be viewed from outside.
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Yasmine Palace in Qatar is a fine dining restaurant serving Qatari, Lebanese, Arabic and Syrian cuisine. The food is one thing but the interiors is a whole other. Its grandeur will captivate you at first glance and the photos taken here will be a great addition to your Instagram feed!
Find mushroom-like rock formations at Bir Zekreet. These formations are due to the blowing away of fine sedimentary rocks by gusty winds, leaving the skeletons or the sturdier limestone exposed. Travel by a 4x4, bring your own food and water and there are no shops around this area.
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Sources: Wikipedia, Qatar Museums, Atlas Obscura, Afar.com, Qatari Diar
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