Unlike any other big city with towering skyscrapers, Doha will sweep you off your feet with its unique outlook. It is modern, yet celebrates the traditions unapologetically. The seamless blend of modernity and the traditional influences can be seen everywhere in the city and it makes Doha a unique place to visit in the Middle East. The rise of Qatar’s capital from a humble beginning, as pearl fishing village, to becoming one of the most exciting destinations in the near future, is surely a fascinating story in itself. The very first impression of the glinting skyline of Doha is overwhelming. While I was blown away by the mere look of the unique shape and size of the skyscrapers in the city, the atmospheric Souq Waqif made me engrossed into it even more. Doha is getting a completely new makeover due to the upcoming FIFA world Cup. Whether it is the new metro system, new roads, numerous stadiums, resorts, luxury hotels, villas, or a smart city, Doha is going to be one dynamic city in making just before the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Being a host country to the World Cup, Qatar is indulging in lot of developments like never before. The new Doha can be quite intimidating to the much loved Dubai, as it will be impossible to ignore the rising Doha in coming days. Whether it is spending entire day at the Museum of Art to get enriched by the rich art collection, wandering in the tiny alleyways in Souq Waqif, getting smitten by the luxury at the Pearl, making yourself familiar with the Qatari culture in Katara or admiring the Corniche in the evening by taking a Dhow cruise, Doha has a lot to offer to its visitors.While the ultra-luxury malls can give you a run for your money, the adventurous dune bashing in the desert can pump up your adrenaline rush to the next level. Doha is exciting, contemporary and a new city to look up to in the Middle East.

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Places to see in Doha


Souq Waqif

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Anything traditional or cultural excites me in a new city. Souq Waqif did the same when I visited it the very first evening. The vibrant atmosphere of the traditional market made me hooked on to it so badly that I visited the Souq twice during my 5 days stay in the capital city of Qatar. I am a big admirer of the concept of traditional markets in the Middle East and it was my first introduction to it. The maze of tiny alleys, shops selling everything from clothing to perfume, handicraft to souvenirs, restaurants lined up with authentic Arabian cuisines, a musician playing soothing songs from the desert, locals in their traditional attire, the Souq Waqif can transport you to the bygone era easily.

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I was overjoyed to experience everything. It was so overwhelming that at one point, I just sat down to see the world passing by. Labyrinthine alleyways make you appreciate the sheer beauty of it. Whetherit is the Arab shopkeepers selling the painted lanterns, handwoven carpets, colorful cushion covers, ceramic pottery or dining sets, or traditional outfits like burkha, it will make you appreciate everything out there. If you are a fan of the Falcons, don’t miss the Falcon Souq, located hardly a few steps from Souq Waqif.

Visit Museum of Islamic Art

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Museum of Islamic Art is a must visit place in Doha. The recognizable building in the capital city of Qatar, this museum is located on one end of the seven kilometers long Corniche. If you are an admirer of Arts in general who appreciate and value any form of art, this museum can be the best place to spend your entire day. The collection of arts like ceramics, glass, metalwork, manuscripts, textile, paintings, collected from different Islamic countries across the world, are displayed in the museum. It takes time to explore the vast collection in the museum. So, it is advisable to visit the museum with ample amount of time on your hands. I was thrilled to see a lot of antique pieces from India as well.

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Designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect I.M. Pei, the design of the building is inspired by the ancient Islamic architecture, notably the Ibn Tulun Mosque in Cairo. If I talk about the interior of the museum, it is nothing less than an architectural wonder in itself. The atrium of the museum is a curved double staircase leading up to the first floor. The hanging which is an ornate circular metal chandelier above the staircase is a sheer spectacle for the eyes. The eye-arresting five-storey 45-metre tall window next to the café on the ground floor gives an amazing view across the Marina Bay. The Museum comprises of gift shop, male & female separate prayer rooms, ATM, cloakroom, library & educational centre and 200 Seat Auditorium. The Museum of Islamic Art is an iconic building, which adds up to the skyline of Doha very prominently.

Explore Katara

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Katara cultural village is an ambitious project to celebrate world culture in the centre of Doha. The idea of building the Katara cultural village is to promote culture and exchange the dialogues between various countries to share their rich cultural heritage, overcoming the national boundaries and encourage a common cause to promote humanity. Katara Cultural Village is a global multidimensional cultural project of Qatar that encourages people to come together to celebrate various cultures and embrace the differences that makes the world unique. Celebrating a rich cultural heritage, dialogues between countries, exchanging notes of art and culture and meeting various people, Katara is truly a great initiative from Qatar. Katara flaunts theaters, concert halls, amphitheater, exhibition galleries, cafe and many cutting-edge facilities within the compound. When you visit Katara, don’t forget to visit the mosque. The architecture and details on the walls were worth watching.

Visit The Pearl-Qatar

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The Pearl in Doha showcases the luxuriant and ultra lavish lifestyle of the rich Qatari people. It is purely a visual treat. The Pearl-Qatar is all about classy lifestyle that truly redefines the meaning of luxury. It is basically a man-made island consisting of numerous captivating precincts. Meant for the elite class, the Pearl has everything from townhouses, award-winning marinas apartments, villas, diverse leisure and entertainment facilities, and serene beaches. It also houses renowned restaurants, cafes, shopping malls, outlets from luxury brands and showrooms from the ultra luxury cars to suite the taste of the rich class. The royal yachts, private boats to cruise, you name it and the Pearl have it. I was stunned looking at the view of this exclusive modern island, shouting loud about its extravagant lifestyle.

Cruise around the Corniche at night

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If you want to enjoy the serene beauty of Doha, you must consider cruising on a traditional Dhow at night. The view of the eye-catching skyscrapers of Doha at the Corniche is something worth looking out for. The shimmering colors of the towering buildings, reflection of the same in the waters of the Arabic Gulf, while you cruise along with the horseshoe-shaped cornice with good Arabian music and authentic food, you become a part of the city. Seeing the world passing by, slowly with the speed of the Dhow boat is something worth experiencing when you are in a destination like Doha.

Watch Out for the Skyscrapers

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The oozing style and unique shapes of the towering buildings of Doha is the first thing that draws the attention as soon as you land in Qatar. The impressive skyscrapers are simply astonishingly stunning. It’s a spectacle of this modern and futuristic city that is going to be one exciting destination in the coming days. The gleaming towering buildings at night look absolutely radiant. The shimmering building named Aspire Tower looks breathtaking at night. This is the tallest building in Doha, which houses offices, hotel rooms and a revolving restaurant. Among all other skyscrapers located at West Bay, the most prominent ones are the Doha Tower, Tornado Tower, Al Fardan Residences, also known as the Barjeel Tower and the Wind Tower. It’s not just the innovative designs and the shapes of the skyscrapers that drew my attention, but also the love for their leader Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani,whose picture adorn the walls of several buildings across the city. It has given the iconic landscape of Doha a unique identity.

Things to do in Doha


Desert Safari

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One of the must do things in Doha is desert safari. If you are an adventure junkie, you should definitely try dune bashing in the desert of Doha. This is one of the top activities and very popular one amongst tourists. The whole experience of dune bashing in 4*4 is surely one thrilling activity. I was cruising in the mountains of desert for miles, rising up vertical hills, and steep drops down the other side, where I could only see sand, miles after miles, with no sight of any vegetation. It surely gave me goose-bumps.You are suddenly in the middle of the desert, far away from the city. Don’t be surprised if you land up at the gulf beach while doing your desert safari.

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The whole stretch of Gulf Beach along with the desert is absolutely scenic. You can literally see the Saudi border from there. Standing on the beach, watching migratory birds flocking around, the calmness of the water and the desert across miles on the other side gave me a surreal feeling. 

Go for shopping

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When it comes to shopping, Doha can be an exciting destination. For a shopaholic, you get numerous shopping malls ranging from budget, luxury to ultra luxury shopping malls. Some of the most popular malls are Villaggio Mall, Mall Of Qatar, Landmark Mall, Ezdan Mall, Gulf Mall, Doha Festival City Mall, etc. The Forbes listed Villaggio Mall as one of the best mall in the world for shopping. This is one of the must visit malls in Doha. If not for shopping, just to explore this mall,take the whole day as it is quite big and the architecture and design are quite innovative and unique at the same time. The mall houses a wide range of luxury brands, various outlets, an array of restaurants and café to keep you busy the whole day.

Explore Food Culture

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Doha is an upcoming destination in the Middle East for all the right reasons. The food scene of Doha is rather exciting. Most of the renowned restaurants and cafes have started their outlets in the capital city of Qatar. The Michelin Stars Chef Gordon Ramsay has opened his restaurant named Gordon Ramsay Mediterranean in Doha. Whether you want authentic Qatari cuisines, Lebanese delicacies, popular Greek food, Indian spicy curries, mouth-watering sushi, Mediterranean tapas or best Italian Pizzas, you can find everything in Doha. Some of the renowned gourmet restaurants are the Cellar, Ipanema, Walima, Morimoto Doha, Layali, Mykonos, Quisine by Guy Savoy, Vine, Jamie’s Italian Doha, Cut by Wolfgang Puck, etc.


How to reach

There are several flights from major cities of India to Doha.
I flew to Doha with Qatar Airways, which fly directly from Delhi to Doha. It takes four hours to reach the capital of Qatar.


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22 Comments

  1. MyLine

    First off, the photos look astoundingly surreal and out of this world! It’s like the sceneries were only captured to be viewed on a movie screen! The beautiful art of nature plus great photography equals these masterpieces! Thank you for sharing this beautiful place with us even though it’s only through virtual but you made us inspired and motivated to work our asses off to even just visit this place!
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  2. James

    Nice Blog and it is really very knowledgeable…keep posting blog like that.
    Thanks a lot for this awesome article.

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  3. Jogi

    Desert Safari in Doha is on my bucket list. I heard middle east food is awesome. Useful insights

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  6. Shreya Saha

    I am not much into cities full of skyscrapers, hence I didn’t show much interest in Doha before. But thanks to you as you have brought to us so many other interesting things to go for while in Doha. I would love the desert safari, explore food culture and stroll the souqs and also visit the museums.

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  7. Clarice

    Oh! This is really timely since we’re planning to visit Doha next month. I am visiting a friend who’s working there but haven’t really thought about our itinerary during the stay. Thank you for sharing this post. It is very helpful.

    I am also hoping to be back in 2022 during the World Cup. My family are such huge football fans.

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  8. blair villanueva

    In my Mom’s hometown, I know many of our friends who are now living in Doha because of work and eventually migrated for good. They always say the same thing like you’ve said, and makes me intrigue, truly.
    Hope I could visit this open city someday.

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  9. Boniface Maina

    wow your explanation is awesome the article is very convincing .

    I miss to be at the place.

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  10. umiko

    Doha’s sky scrappers are so impressive and they look stunning at night. I think cruising around the Corniche at night is definitely a must. Those mugs in the souvenir shop? They are just funny! I would like to bring one home when I find myself in Doha.

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  11. Francesca Murray

    I can’t believe I’ve never heard of Doha before! That skyline is beautiful. I actually haven’t been to the Middle East yet. That’s pretty cool that Gordon Ramsey has a restaurant there! I’m sure many more to come by 2022!

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  12. Anindya Sundar Basu

    With the World Cup coming up in 2022, it will be interesting to see how the place develops further

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  13. Soraya

    I do love the Middle East and feel it’s such a beautiful part of the world. I have not had the chance yet to visit Doha but your post is definitely enticing me to do so! I love the sound of Souq Waqif especially if you have visited quite a few times. The food trail in Doha sounds exciting especially I love the sound so Gordon Ramsay Mediterranean restaurant – yum!

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  14. Mr Mr

    good

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  15. Kristy Bullard

    I love seeing the art of other cultures, so I would love to visit the Museum of Islamic Art. And, of course, I would have to do some shopping. All that food sounds amazing- especially the Gordon Ramsey restaurant.

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  16. Jane Dempster-Smith

    Doha is high on my list of travels. I can’t wait to visit. Your article has highlighted all the places I would like to see especially the Souq Waqif. I am impressed with the way Doha has emerged. Oh, those skyscrapers arent they something?

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  17. Kate

    It sounds like 2022 or leading up to it will be the year to visit Doha! I would love to wander the alleys and see what all the shopkeepers are selling. It sounds like such a beautifully cultural experience to be able to see all the unique handiwork. The Desert Safari and seeing the Gulf Beach sound like incredible experiences also as I love a good adventure!
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  18. location de voiture

    I am a Jordanian who lived in Qatar for almost 11 years. Believe me dude it is the best place to stay and live in. I love QATAR and I love the people of QATAR

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    • Parnashree Devi

      I had a great time in Doha and love to go back again.

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  19. sophie

    Very nice post thanks for sharing keep it up.

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  20. anirudh sharma

    Its beautiful Place.
    Thank you for sharing such a great blog.

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