Al Bayt Stadium, located in the northern city of Al Khor, is designed to represent the “bayt al sha'ar”, traditional tents used by nomadic people in Qatar and other gulf regions. Culturally iconic, Al Bayt Stadium will host the opening ceremony and match of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Even though the stadium is located quite far from central Doha, there are spots and destinations within the area that are worth checking out!
Ain Hleetan Well is a historical site that leads to the settlement of the Al Mahanda tribe in the city. Local legends say that a group of hunters discovered its water source 150 years ago and claim that the water could cure illnesses.
The Al Bayt Stadium Park is as large as 30 football pitches with a huge man-made lake which is the home of a family of ducks. There are also children’s play areas, cycling and running tracks, exercise activities, boat rentals, and many more!
If you’re looking for a quick beach trip while in the area, the Al Farkiah Family Beach is in close proximity! The beach has picnic tables, benches, wooden beach umbrellas, and children’s play areas.
The Al Khor Corniche is the perfect seaside destination for a relaxing stroll. Enjoy the views and have a seat on the many benches in the area. There are children’s play areas too for the little ones to have fun!
The Al Khor Family Park is one of the largest parks in Qatar at 240,000 sqm. There are play and entertainment areas, greenery, sports areas, and even a zoo! This destination is a must-visit for families looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Note: Currently closed for maintenance, reopening date to be announced. On Tuesdays, only ladies and children can enter the park.
Visiting this park will make you feel like you’re in a mini colorful village with the small different coloured cottages scattered around the area. Explore the hilly greenery, rest on one of the benches and have the kids enjoy the children’s play area. Don’t forget to take a picture with the tower on top of the hill.
The Al Khor Mall is the only shopping mall in the area. You’ll find many retail shops, restaurants and cafes, cinema, Funville kids’ entertainment plaza and Lulu Hypermarket!
Another family favorite is the Al Tawasul Traditional Park. Equipped with children’s play areas and benches surrounded by lush greenery and even a mini reserve for birds, this park is worth checking out!
This beachfront park is a ladies-only park where guests can relax and enjoy the cool sea breeze. Children below 10 years old can also visit the park. Al Qarma Beach Garden is fitted with play areas, wooden umbrellas, and benches.
The Al Shu’aa Reserve is home to animal wildlife such as ducks, pigeons, goats, rabbits, even a few Arabian Oryxes! Some of the animals freely roam the area where guests can interact and feed them.
The Al Sultan Beach Resort offers a beautiful beachfront staycation. Enjoy a luxurious stay in their Arabian interior suites and rooms. Other facilities guests can enjoy include a pool, spa and restaurant.
Ansar Gallery is a one-stop destination for various shopping needs from clothing and accessories, sports equipment, grocery, furniture, electronics, and more!
If you’re looking for a theme park with lots of activities for all ages, then Baladna Park is one to check out! From extreme sports, go-karts, archery, animal feeding, bicycle riding, and much more, there’s definitely something for everyone. The park also has several restaurants and cafes with indoor and outdoor seating.
Note: Closed for the summer.
Note: Activities have corresponding prices, separate from the entrance fee. Individuals with special needs, the elderly, infants under 3 years old and their nannies are entitled to free entrance.
Al Bayt Stadium is in close proximity to one of the 4 Fan Villages around Qatar designed and established to provide World Cup fans with cabin-style and casual camping accommodations. These fan villages are designed for a unique community experience with a variety of on-site facilities and food outlets.
Note: Ticket Application Number/Hayya Voucher Code/Hospitality Order Number required to book a room or cabin.
The Al Bayt branch of McDonald's is similarly designed with the Al Bayt Stadium taking inspiration from the traditional tent structure of Arabian culture. It's located on the grounds of the stadium itself and has a McCafe, play place, and drive-thru.
A luxurious family oceanfront oasis resort in Qatar, Simaisma Resort offers relaxing staycations in their premium rooms, suites, and villas. Guests can enjoy signature amenities and recreational activities at a picture-perfect location.
Skydive Qatar is a must-visit if you're looking for an adrenaline rush! They offer courses in the sport and tandem skydiving for those who just want to try it out for the thrill!
Note: Closed for the summer and scheduled to re-open by October 2022.
If you find yourself feeling hungry after an exciting match at Al Bayt Stadium or a day of roaming the nearby spots, here are some restaurants and cafes to check out in the area!
Are you watching any FIFA World Cup 2022 matches at Al Bayt Stadium? Which of these destinations are you interested in visiting during your time there? Let us know in the comments! Do share this article – it keeps us going!
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