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A little bit of city, a little bit of heritage; the ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team is here with an itinerary to help you plan your one-week-long stay in Qatar, promising to make it memorable.
Please note that this itinerary lists just some of the many things you could do while in Qatar. You could use this guide as an outline to plan your trip according to your interests.
NMoQ houses many galleries and artefacts that bring to life the history of Qatar. You can easily spend a day here. There is so much to do for adults and kids alike.
Along with visiting the museum, you may take a break and grab a bite at the cafés and restaurants on-site like Jiwan, Desert Rose Cafe or Thalatheen or even try the eateries in the area.
You could plan your visit and book tickets online or purchase them upon arrival.
Once well-rested you can set out on your second day and travel to the outskirts of Doha and enjoy a historical sight-seeing expedition by visiting Zubarah Fort in the early hours of the day.
Read our detailed guide: All you need to know about the Al Zubarah fort
Continue to Al Jumail Fishing Village to time travel to the early life in Qatar. This would be an ideal spot to open up a picnic by the tranquil waters before moving further. This area is protected. Do not pick up the ruins or bring them back with you.
Watch our video: Have you heard of Al Jumail Fishing Village?
While on the journey, drive up to the northernmost tip of Qatar – Ruwais to visit one of the most picturesque cafés in Qatar - Arsan Café. Closer up to your trip, do confirm the opening of these sites.
You could reach out to local tour operators to help plan out this tour for you.
With this day dedicated to your dose of thrill, experience the adrenaline of the racing culture that lives in Qatar. Use up your morning by witnessing the traditional camel racing that carries on years of legacy and spend your evening at the Qatar Racing Club to feel the vibes of automobile challenges.
Head towards the Shahaniyah Camel Race track in Dukhan for a day in the world of camel racing. Witness the thrill of high-speed driving, keeping up with the camels, and get behind the scenes of the camel training along with camel interactions and photo sessions. Camel racing season takes place from October to April every year.
The Qatar Racing Club is known and loved for the various drag races and roll races they host. While around the world, people pay much to witness it, Qatar brings the show on for free. Please confirm the race schedule before visiting.
A trip to Qatar will be incomplete without an experience of Desert Camping. Book a day trip or overnight stay with Sealine Regency Camp, situated by one of Qatar's favourite coastal lines and gives you the required amenities without losing the flare of Qatar's traditions.
Kick-off with breakfast at The Pearl-Qatar; followed by a stroll down the alleys of Qanat Quartier giving you some of the most aesthetic photos thanks to the vibrant infrastructure. Do not miss stopping by the piano stairs for a little fun on the go.
Take a drive towards Lusail, visit the buzzing Lusail Marina Food Arena, and walk down the Promenade to bask in the great views.
If you are visiting Lusail within the duration of the World Cup 2022 tournament (20 November to 18 December 2022), you can explore a host of celebrations and fan experiences inclusive of the Hayya Fan Zone, which is a family-friendly entertainment destination or even the Darb Lusail Festival at Lusail Boulevard.
While in Lusail, you could even stop by the famous luxury mall Place Vendôme to visit some of the region's largest stores.
These sites are easily accessible via metro, cab or if you are feeling touristy you could book the Doha Bus that offers a city tour.
Moving towards the end of your trip, staying within city reach might be convenient, but those souvenir pick-ups will be pending. Head towards the good old Souq and explore all things that scream Qatar, and end your day with a relaxing dhow ride to bask in the city skyline views.
Souq Waqif gives you a full day of heritage while you walk through the aisles of vendors bringing you the best of spices, antiques, fragrances and traditional attire.
Read our detailed guide: Where to eat at Souq Waqif Doha
Take a stroll down Corniche and you will find yourself meeting multiple dhow vendors that will be selling you a memorable dhow ride. Haggle wisely! Your ride should typically be approximately QR 20-30 per person for a 20-minute ride (prices may change), and you could get a bigger discount if you are in a group.
Aspire Zone, also known as Sports City is located in Al Waab. The area houses many sports facilities, including the iconic Khalifa International Stadium. Close off your Qatar stay by visiting the unique 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum dedicated to monumental sports exhibits.
If you're still looking for a little shopping, within walking distance from the sports museum would be Villaggio Mall. The mall features Venetian interiors and blue sky ceilings, with a canal that flows down the middle of the mall, offering a fun gondola ride.
Read our detailed guide here: Everything you need to know about Villaggio Mall
Also, remember to be responsible, do not litter and make sure to carry your trash back. Let's keep Qatar clean!
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