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Posted On: 15 August 2022 05:30 pm
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What to do, where to go & what to eat for the ultimate Qatar experience

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Are you planning to visit Qatar? Qatar is a country rich in culture, activities and landmarks that perfectly mix traditional and contemporary experiences.

Make the most of your trip to Qatar and check off these must-visit places, delicacies to taste, and things to do!

What to experience

FIFA World Cup Fan Zones

World Cup Fan Zones Qatar 2022
Are you excited for the World Cup?

If you’re visiting Qatar from November – December 2022, make sure you're part of the World Cup festivities in the many fan events scattered around the major areas of Doha.

Catch live music, food stalls, entertainment zones, pop-up shops, and more!

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Desert safari

Desert Safari
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Qatar’s beautiful desert views and activities are essential for your Qatar travel itinerary. Admire the picture-perfect golden dunes and slopes.

Don’t forget to enjoy an array of fun and adventurous desert safari activities!

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Bedouin camp experience

Bedouin Camp Experience
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Experience traditional Arabian camping! Set up camp in the desert, enjoy a delicious barbecue meal cooked in an underground pit, stargaze, go on long camel rides, and much more!

RELATED: Overnight beach camping spots in Qatar

Thrilling rides at Doha Quest

Doha Quest
Epic-Q roller coaster

Did you know that the tallest indoor rollercoaster and tallest indoor drop in the world can be found in Qatar?

Doha Quest is an indoor theme park that houses both of these adrenaline-pumping rides! Try the Epic-Q roller coaster or The Magma Blast tower ride! Are you up for the challenge?

Cultural museums

National Museum of Qatar
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Learn about Qatar's rich history and culture and visit multiple museums like the National Museum of Qatar, Doha Fire Station, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, and much more!

RELATED: 9 must-visit art galleries in Qatar

Where to go

Souq Waqif

Souq Waqif
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Souq Waqif, located in the heart of Doha, offers beautiful Arabian culture, architecture, food, shops, and street performances. There are so many things to do that it is well worth dedicating a whole afternoon.

Explore the streets, check out the falcon souq, haggle for a bargain in the many stalls, admire the art in the gallery, indulge in delicious delicacies, and so much more!

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Doha Corniche

Doha Corniche
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Looking for the best spot to see the iconic Doha skyline? Head over to the Doha Corniche. Here you’ll find residents and visitors alike enjoying a stroll, going for a run, and even having picnics!

Catch a dhow (traditional boat) cruise on the Doha Corniche and enjoy the sea breeze, good music, and views! Some cruises can even cater lunch or dinner for groups.

Katara Cultural Village

Katara Cultural Village
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Katara Cultural Village offers a multitude of experiences in one large area.

Lounge on the Katara beach, visit the stunning gold mosque, discover the amphitheatre, admire the art installation, get a taste of luxury at 21 High Street, check out the galleries and planetarium and explore the Katara Hills and the many eateries here.

Msheireb Downtown Doha

Msheireb Downtown Doha
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A modern destination found within a busy city, Msheireb Downtown Doha is one to explore. Don’t forget to catch the Msheireb tram as it's the best way to tour the area and reach its many destinations.

Msheireb Downtown Doha is full of unique restaurants, cafes, retail shops, and museums to check out and explore.

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The Pearl-Qatar

The Pearl Qatar
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If you're looking for a European-style destination, The Pearl-Qatar can be one of your places to go. This man-made island is a hub for restaurants and cafes surrounded by yacht-lined marinas and residential towers. It also has a booming shopping district with designer brands and boutiques.

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Purple Island

Purple Island
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Discover Qatar's natural wonders and travel to Purple Island to see the lush mangroves. Be one with nature, admire the flora and fauna, and even rent a kayak and see the mangroves up close!

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Inland Sea

Inland Sea Qatar
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Venture to where the desert meets the sea! The inland sea in Qatar, located at Khor Al Adaid, is one of only three in the world. It is a popular camping spot for residents and tourists who wait for the magnificent sunrise that paints the perfect view over the dunes and the beach.

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Al Zubarah Fort

Al Zubarah Fort
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Travel back in time and discover Qatar’s history at Al Zubara Fort! Marvel at the beautiful traditional Qatari fort structures and learn more about the heritage within its walls. The fort has been preserved and turned into a museum displaying artifacts from the pearl diving era.

The site has been classified as a conservation zone in 2009 and named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. Archaeologists and researchers have frequented the site to study the preserved remains of Qatar's history dating back to the 1760s.

What to eat & drink

Machboos

Machboos
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Get a taste of Qatar and try the delicious machboos! It’s the Qatari national dish that is essentially a rice meal rich in aromatic spices served with a variety of meats.

RELATED: What's the best place in Qatar for Machboos?

Shawarma

Shawarma
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An affordable staple food in the Middle East, you shouldn't leave Qatar without trying shawarma! The streets of Doha are full of shawarma joints offering different styles and recipes. Ask any resident in Qatar, and they'll probably have a list of their favourite shawarma places to recommend!

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Karak

Karak
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Karak is a popular brew locals and expats drink at any time of day. It is a dark tea mixed with milk, flavoured with cardamom, and sweetened with sugar. Some say it’s quite addictive, but you surely won’t regret every sip!

RELATED: Top 5 places to get your Karak in Qatar

Gahwa Arabic coffee

Qahwa Arabic coffee
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If you’re looking for a little more kick, try the Qahwa Arabic coffee! Traditionally, Qatari households create this brew from scratch using green coffee beans and cardamom. This brew is aromatic, flavourful, and best eaten with some dates!

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Dates

Dates
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Dates grown and harvested in Qatar are among the best in the world. They can be eaten just as it is or can be dipped in chocolate, filled with nuts, and many other delicious twists! They pair perfectly with a cup of Karak or gahwa.

RELATED: Types of local Qatari dates

Umm Ali

Umm Ali

One of the most popular sweets in Qatar is the umm ali. It is a creamy baked pudding made with pastry, milk, sugar, raisins, nuts, and spices. Trust us, you won't stop at just one bite! You'll keep coming back for more spoonfuls.

Kunafa

Kunafa
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Another sweet snack to try is the kunafa! Made of spun kataifi pastry, drizzled with attar sweet syrup, and typically layered with cheese. You’ll find this popular dessert with many variations around Doha!

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