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Posted On: 26 July 2022 04:30 pm
Updated On: 31 October 2022 10:07 am

Your 72 hours itinerary for Qatar

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Looking to maximize your three days in Doha? Here's what you can do!

The (ILQ) team has a list of activities and experiences you can engage in to enjoy your short stay!

Please note that this itinerary lists 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.

Day 1 - The Pearl-Qatar & Lusail City

Start your journey slowly with some of Doha's most captivating spots. The Pearl-Qatar and Lusail are popular locations for relaxing evening outings, leisure activities and dining experiences.

The Pearl-Qatar

Your 72 hours itinerary for Qatar
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This Italian-inspired property is one of the most picturesque spots in the country. Two popular sides of The Pearl-Qatar are Qanat Quartier and Porto Arabia.

You can start with a stroll around Qanat Quartier during the day to admire the vibrantly coloured buildings and move over towards Porto Arabia and have a bite or a cup of coffee with serene views of the surrounding water and yachts.

To make this tour even more exciting, you could opt for a ride on the Pearl water taxi that takes you from one end to another. The journey is approximately 20-minutes.

READ MORE: Here's a detailed guide to The Pearl-Qatar!

Lusail Marina

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This contemporary promenade comes to life after sundown! Enjoy alluring views brought to life with the lit-up buildings against the calm waters.

Walks around Lusail City gives you a chance to appreciate some public art installations, visit the luxury Place Vendôme Mall or try out many delectable bites at the Lusail Marina Food Arena.

A fun way to explore Lusail would be the Lusail tram, which will take you around the city's main spots.

  • Location: Lusail Marina Promenade | Place Vendôme Mall | Lusail Marina Food Arena
  • Instagram: @lusailcityofficial

While Lusail Marina has much to offer, it is noteworthy that Lusail will be an entertainment hub during the World Cup 2022 (20 Nov - 18 Dec).

From fan zones to festivals and theme parks; the choice is yours.

Here are some things you could check out at Lusail:

Also, read - Must visit places near Lusail Stadium

      Day 2 - Dhow Cruise or Mangroves Kayaking

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      Qatar has great outdoor experiences if you visit during the pleasant weather (September to April).

      If you are travelling with family or a group, a fun activity would be to book a traditional Dhow Cruise experience which is sure to take up your day. This private dhow cruise wouldn't be shared with others and accommodates 30 people with a booking for a minimum of 4 hours.

      The dhow sails afloat towards an island known as Safliya Island. Once anchored there, you could free dive for a swim in the sea, enjoy karaoke aboard, or indulge in water sports like jet skiing. The package itself includes water and soft drinks; however, you can also arrange for catering at an additional charge.

      At the time of booking, discuss all your preferred arrangements and activities of interest, as additional charges may apply.

      Looking for tour operators, check out the list here!

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      If you want a more hands-on water experience, you could opt for a Mangroves Exploration Tour. This is a shared activity; therefore, you do not require a group of your own.

      The northern parts of Qatar are home to pristine, thick mangrove forests that can be explored on a kayak.

      If you are lucky enough, you could spot some flamingos and herons during your tour.

      While you are provided with all the necessary training and equipment, remember that meals are not included.

      Day 3 - National Museum of Qatar, Museum of Islamic Art, Souq Waqif

      Dedicate the last day of your stay to visiting some of Doha's most iconic spots within the city, without which your trip to Doha would be incomplete.

      Your ideal route map would be in the following order to ease your accessibility and avoid a back-and-forth journey.

      National Museum of Qatar

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      The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) is dedicated to preserving Qatar's history, culture & traditions. The galleries display pieces of art that showcase Qatar's clothing transformation, old ways of life, gifts of international relations, and so much more.

      The museum gets its structure from the unique natural desert formation of the desert rose. A trip to their gift shop will allow you to pick up a desert rose souvenir and many other intriguing finds.

      This museum could take up much of your time based on individual screening time and how long you choose to dwell within the galleries.

      Museum of Islamic Art

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      As the name suggests, this museum pays homage to the history of Islamic art worldwide. Expect to view things like regal jewellery, historical armour, pottery, ornaments, and much more associated with Islamic culture.

      The recently renovated museum opened its doors with various galleries on display and numerous exhibitions to visit. The Museum of Islamic Art is also a great spot to grab a bite with aesthetic views at the MIA Café and get your hands on some precious souvenirs from their gift shop.

      Check out: What to check out at the newly opened Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) and more!

      Souq Waqif

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      This gem of a place is always best saved for the last! Souq Waqif lets you experience all things Qatar within one premise.

      It's a great and easy way to try traditional food, pick up Qatari clothing items such as a thobe or abaya or even get your hands on souvenirs, all within the walls of its heritage structure.

      • Timings:
        • During World Cup 2022: Daily - 24 hours
        • Regular timings: Saturday to Thursday - 8 am till 12:30 pm, 3 pm till 10 pm (typical timing for shops, and restaurants would vary)

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      We hope you enjoy your stay in Qatar! Remember to be responsible, do not litter, and carry your trash back. Let's keep Qatar clean!

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