Qatar has a lot of beautiful places outside the limits of Doha that you can explore, see and enjoy. As the weather is getting cooler here, it gives you a chance to venture out more now.
The ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team has put together a list of must-take day trips for you to explore our beautiful country. Enjoy your long drive to these lovely places and have a great time with your friends and family - let's go!
Note: Please keep Qatar clean. Do pick after your waste and do not litter when you visit these places!
Al Karaana Lagoon is one of the most peaceful places in Qatar. You will be surrounded by clear water and lots of green areas all around here and you might find it hard to believe that such a place exists. It is a great spot for nature lovers, photographers, and for people who like a bit of alone time, away from the city. If you haven’t been here yet, you must check it out!
Also dubbed as the ‘northernmost café in Qatar’, Arsan Café has gained popularity because of the relaxing and panoramic view it provides visitors from its outdoor seating area. It is located within the Al Ruwais Old Police Station which was restored by Qatar Museums. It now serves as a permanent exhibition space (Heritage Area 22899). Enjoy a breezy evening here, sipping on your favourite drinks and we are sure you’re going to love it!
Watch our video here: Have you been to the northern-most café in Qatar yet?
Yes, you heard it right. There is a place called Ghost Town in Qatar! It’s the other name of Al Jumail Village. This abandoned fishing village gives you a glimpse of what Qatar looked like many many years ago. Gather your buddies and take a trip to this place to experience it first hand. This is also a great place for photography enthusiasts, but keep in mind that it is our responsibility to protect these places in Qatar too, so please make sure not to litter and pick after your waste when you're here.
Watch our video here: Have you heard of Qatar's 'Ghost Town'?!
Al Shu’aa Reserve is a quaint animal reserve that consists of different trees and animals including tortoises, ostriches, goats, rabbits, Arabian Oryxes, etc. It is a great spot for children as they can get to see and interact with these animals that are allowed to freely roam around here. You'll find many shaded sitting areas, benches and green spaces where the parents can sit and relax. Will you be going here soon?
Read our guide here: A quick guide to Al Qarma Beach Garden and Al Shu'aa Reserve
This natural wonder, the Musfur Sinkhole is a 16 feet deep sinkhole that has an opening of about 40 feet. An unusual place in Qatar, visitors can go here throughout the day, and must keep in mind that there are no steps to descend into it. It is best to go here via a 4x4. It is also important to keep in mind that there are no toilet or resting facilities. Do carry water and snacks with you, and do not litter.
Read our guide here: Myth Busting: What's inside the Musfur Sinkhole?!
Looking for a nice outing spot? Head over to this place today! The Al Dosari Zoo and Game Reserve is a private zoo belonging to the Dosari family. Adults and kids alike will enjoy this reserve as you can get to see many animals and birds like the Oryxes, Ostriches, Emus, Camels and more here! The ticket is priced at QR 10 per person and the zoo is open for visitors until 7 pm.
This marvelous art installation spans over a kilometer in length in the middle of an expansive piece of land. It consists of four steel plates which rise to 14.7 meters and 16.7 meters above the ground. You can spot all four of these structures from an angle and at a distance, do see if you can spot them all together when there! Kindly do not vandalize the art installation - there are strict rules in Qatar against it!
You will find these huge, alien-like rock formations close to the East-West/West-East by Richard Serra art installation. They are about 7 km away from it are and called the Zekreet Rock Formations. Gasp at these mushroom-like structures and note that this is also a favourite place for many astrophotographers in Qatar!
Watch our video here: Meet this Astrophotographer in Qatar- he does this as a hobby!
Zekreet Fort once stood tall and mighty. It was built in the 18th or early 19th century with a unique design. This is a heritage site that you must visit! Please be responsible and do not litter while you’re there.
Located in the northwest of Qatar, Al Areesh was a once-thriving fishing village. It was one of the largest fishermen's settlements in Qatar, with about 40 houses. These, now in ruins, were abandoned once the oil boom in Qatar began. Check out this place to understand the old Qatari ways.
This beachfront garden is absolutely beautiful and is only for ladies and children under 10 years old. Located at Al Khor City this garden has both greenery and a clean beach. Inside, you’ll find different trees and plants, play areas for kids, wooden umbrellas, shaded areas, walking paths, benches, and solar-powered lighting.
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