Because Qatar welcomes tourists from around the world and offers plenty to do and see throughout its diverse landscape, it’s no surprise that travelers want to visit this Middle Eastern country as often as they can. If you’re visiting Qatar or thinking about planning your next trip to this beachy locale, check out this list of the top 10 can’t-miss Qatar vacation spots you shouldn’t miss out on experiencing on your next trip!
This beautiful city, one of Qatar’s most prominent urban centers, hosts a number of world-class tourist attractions. When in Doha, be sure to visit Souq Waqif, The Museum of Islamic Art and Dar al-Arkan. For an authentic taste of traditional Qatari culture, don’t miss a chance to shop at Souq al Markazi.
2) Al Shaqab Raceway
Located in Doha, Al Shaqab Raceway is home to a state-of-the-art Arabian race track. The raceway has been under construction since 2007 and opened officially in 2012. This motor racing circuit is one of Qatar’s top tourist attractions and remains open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It can accommodate up to 15,000 spectators at any one time – many of whom have attended races from as far away as Hong Kong!
3) Katara Cultural Village
Katara Cultural Village, located along Corniche Road, is a beautiful open-air museum housing three areas: Katara (sea), Al Zubarah (past) and Aspire Park (future). The village offers an excellent view of Doha’s skyline and hosts many family activities year round. Note: Katara used to be accessible by boat only, but now you can drive right up to it.
4) Souq Waqif
Souq Waqif is a colorful market that dates back to 1859 and is one of Doha’s most popular tourist attractions. This souk, which means covered souk in Arabic, sells traditional Qatari handicrafts and local products. It’s busiest during Eid Al Fitr, when many locals shop for new clothes and accessories.
The Corniche (Arabic: الكرنيشة al-Kornīš) is a waterfront promenade along Doha Bay in Doha, Qatar. Running mainly along a former railway that was converted into an esplanade, it is used for jogging and cycling as well as walking by visitors and locals. During Friday prayers, some mosques provide free shuttle buses to facilitate access to them.
6) al Sadd Stadium
As one of Doha’s most iconic landmarks, al-Sadd Stadium is an absolute must for sports enthusiasts. In addition to hosting international football matches and cricket tournaments, it also offers fun activities like football coaching and swimming lessons. While at al-Sadd Stadium, take some time to explore its nearby attractions, including Doha Corniche Park and The Pearl-Qatar Science Center.
7) Hamad International Airport
Located in Doha, Hamad International Airport is considered one of the most modern airports in Asia. It has two runways and two terminals with a capacity for 2.8 million passengers a year. The airport is equipped with some of today’s top-of-the-line amenities, including duty free shops and spa lounges for a bit of relaxation before your trip home.
8) Arabian Desert Safari Camps
Imagine that you’re looking at a barren landscape: sand as far as your eye can see, with nothing to break up its monotony. But then, a herd of camels appears in front of you! In reality, Arabian Desert Safari Camps allows you to experience one-on-one interaction with camels, horses and other animals while taking part in an authentic Bedouin camp on an untouched desert island. What could be better?
9) Madinat Khalifa Shopping Mall
Everyone has heard about how exciting it is to visit a Mall, so we would not be telling you anything new when we say that if you are visiting Doha, then you have to spend time at one of its many malls. And there is no better place to do just that than Madinat Khalifa. This mall in Doha contains more than 400 retail outlets along with fine dining restaurants and other entertainment options.
10) Hijara Heritage Village & Museum
The Hijara Heritage Village & Museum is located in Umm Salal Mohammed and can be reached in 30 minutes from Doha by car. Built on a 19th-century settlement, Hijara Heritage Village & Museum aims to showcase Qatar’s past and its cultural heritage. The village was developed by Dawat (non-profit organization), with financial backing from Qatar Museums Authority (QMA).