In photography, the magic hours are the most important hours of the day. The blue and golden hours are the best time to take photos as it lights up the sky in a myriad of colors. These happen during sunset and sunrise, as the night transitions into day and vice-versa. But this post is not about the technicalities of the magic hours. Rather, we’re listing down the top five sunrise and sunset spots in Qatar for you to enjoy the blue and golden hours!
With the sea on one side and the towering buildings of West Bay on the other, the Corniche makes it one of the best locations in Qatar to view both the sunrise and the sunset. It is best enjoyed during winter to spring, with the occasional misty/foggy conditions during these months adding more drama to the landscape.
Wake yourself up with a cup of coffee at Costa Coffee which is open 24 hours. And later in the day, dine al fresco with a view at Al Mourjan Restaurant.
Like taking reflection shots? Try the ponds at Hotel Park in front of Sheraton Grand Doha.
Where to go: Orry the Oryx, West Mound Skyline Viewpoint, Calligraphy sculpture, Doha skyline viewpoint, Hotel Park
Watch as the sun rise and sets over the sand dunes of Qatar. Have your own 4x4 vehicle? Head down south to the sand dunes of Sealine and Inland Sea for a dramatic backdrop. Otherwise, there are various licensed tour operators which can take you there through their usual or bespoke packages.
The undulating sand dunes and the sea shimmer with the vibrant colors of the sky during the magic hours.
Where to go: Inland Sea (Khor Al Adaid), Sealine, Singing Sand Dunes
While less popular than its city counterpart, Souq Waqif, the Souq Al Wakra and its beach makes for a good short trip from Doha. Enjoy the fresh sea breeze, labyrinthine hallways, old dhow boats, and the waves.
Where to go: Souq Al Wakra
With the museum and its surrounding grounds protruding into the Arabian Gulf, it makes for the perfect location to view the Doha skyline may it be day or night. In the morning, walk to the end of the Museum of Islamic Art Park where you can also find Richard Serra’s famous 7 sculpture standing tall. The small hills offering a panoramic view are the best spots to rest and enjoy the views. Later in the day, head to the Museum of Islamic Art’s courtyard or to either of the coffee shops situated near the end of MIA Park where you can grab a bite or drink while relishing the smell of the sea and the beautiful scenery.
Where to go: The 7 Sculpture by Richard Serra, June Cafe, MIA Park coffee shop
Sunrise and sunset at the beach are always iconic. Luckily, Qatar has plenty of beaches to choose from. In the east, where the sun rises, there is Al Wakra Beach, Al Khor Beach, Al Ghariya Beach, and Fuwairit Beach just to name a few.
Dukhan Beach is the most popular on the western side, where the sun sets.
Walk along the beach during the magical hours and savor the romantic setting as the sun meets the sea over the horizon and paints the sky with brilliant colors.
BONUS TIP: Get on dhow boat at the Corniche for sunrise or sunset and enjoy the views during your ride or you can head to Al Safliya Island!
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