Places to visit in Qatar
Travel to Qatar without tourist traps: Here you will find the top 10 sights in Qatar. Read which highlights and attractions you must not miss on vacation in Qatar!
Souq Waqif in Doha
Doha’s Souq Waqif is centrally located near Doha’s famous Corniche. The souq dates back to 2004, but with its cobblestone alleys, mud walls and wooden beams, it looks as if brisk trade has been going on here for centuries. Just opposite the Souq Waqif is the FANAR, the Islamic cultural center.
Museum of Islamic Art in Doha
The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha was opened in 2008. It is one of the most important art museums in the Arabian Peninsula. The Museum of Islamic Art is majestically located on the bay of Doha. Its spectacular architecture is a masterpiece of the famous Chinese-American star architect Ieoh Ming Pei. Also spectacular are the exhibits inside the museum.
Corniche of Doha
Doha’s 7km-long Corniche stretches along the city’s crescent-shaped bay from the striking Museum of Islamic Art in the south to the pyramid-shaped Sheraton Hotel in the north. It is considered one of the most beautiful promenades in the Middle East. Huge skyscrapers, gigantic luxury hotels, sprawling parks, excellent eateries and fantastically shaped buildings characterize the backdrop of the palm-fringed promenade.
Katara Cultural Village
The Katara Cultural Village is one of Qatar’s main attractions. It offers its visitors 100 hectares of beautiful traditional architecture and numerous leisure activities, including: Art galleries, a modern amphitheater, an opera house, the Katara Art Center, a cinema, a souq for handicrafts and numerous international cafes and restaurants.
Near the historic trading town of Al Zubara in northwestern Qatar lies the colossal Zubara Fort. Dating back to the early 20th century, the fort is freely accessible. Completed in 1938, the fort’s main purpose was to protect Qatar’s coast from hostile attacks from Bahrain, whose ruling Al Khalifa family laid claim to the ruins of Al Zubara.
Sheikh Faisal Museum
The Sheikh Faisal Museum in western Doha is one of the largest private museums in the world. Its owner, Sheikh Faisal, happily welcomes visitors to his amazing collection with free admission. In three buildings in traditional architectural style, one gets insights into the life and past of the Qataris and the Arab Bedouins in the middle of the desert.
The Pearl in Doha
“The Pearl” is an artificially filled island and is located about 11 kilometers northeast of the center off the coast of Qatar’s capital Doha. The island is virtually the counterpart to Dubai’s famous artificial island “The Palm Jumeirah”. The name “The Pearl” was chosen because the island was built on one of the last large pearl diving sites.
Khor Al Adaid (Inland Sea)
Khor Al Adaid, also referred to as the “Inland Sea” is one of Qatar’s greatest scenic treasures. Here, the Persian Gulf has carved into Qatar’s southern landmass, separating Qatar from Saudi Arabia. The vast expanse of water far from any civilization is a true paradise for flamingos, cormorants, wading birds, terns and gulls. On the coast, crescent-shaped, dazzling white sand dunes reach for the sky.
Great Mosque of Doha
Doha’s Grand Mosque opened in December 2011, has a total of 93 domes and holds 30,000 worshippers. Its full name is Imam Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab Mosque. Its traditional exterior goes hand in hand with the modern, spacious interior design. The Great Mosque of Doha is hard to miss with its elegant 65m high minaret.
Camel racecourse in Al Sheehaniya
The camel racecourse of Qatar is located west of Doha in the village of Al Sheehaniya. Al Sheehaniya is the center of camel racing in Qatar. Around the racetrack are the stables, paddocks and breeding houses. The racing spectacles take place from October to May and can be visited free of charge. Near the camel racecourse is also the Sheikh Faisal Museum.