Doha has recently become more than just a stopover to your next destination. I got to experience all this city has to offer on a recent trip and it really exceeded all my expectations. Next time you fly with Qatar airways take at least two days to explore this magical city in the Middle East.
If you aren’t too sure what to do, this is what I got up to in 48 hours!
Stay at the Sheraton Grand Doha
The Sheraton resort in Doha is much more than just a hotel. Its a great place to relax and recharge before the next part of your journey. Its also central enough so that you can explore everything that Doha has to offer without spending too much time in a car.
Visit Katara cultural village and the museum of Islamic art
I really enjoyed experiencing some of the Qatari culture at Katara. Its not only a beautiful place to visit, they also have different workshops, exhibitions and celebrations on throughout the year. Katara Masjid is one of the most beautiful Masjids in Qatar and it was really a highlight of my trip. The Katara Amphitheatre is a mix between the classical Greek theatre concept and the everlasting Islamic. Its absolutely beautiful when the golden late afternoon light hits it.
The museum of Islamic art is another must visit place in Qatar. We called it the building of symmetry and it represents Islamic art from three continents and over 1,400 years. The building itself is beautiful as well with a coffee shop at the bottom and a gorgeous fine dining restaurant at the top with spectacular views of the Doha skyline.
See the city from another angle on a traditional Dhow
A quick cruise on a Dhow is a great way to see the city and have some fun. Sit at the top and listen to some music ( even dance a bit like we did! ) If you are in the mood for a longer cruise you can also do a sunset BBQ! I will definitely be doing that next time!
Grab dinner at the famous Souq Waqif
This Souq comes alive at night with locals and tourists alike enjoying shisha at sidewalk cafe’s and buying handicrafts and spices. You can eat at one of the many restaurants or try some traditional street food. We even got an ice cream and a show from a Turkish ice cream vendor which was absolutely hilarious!
Do a half day desert safari
My absolute favorite things in Doha was going on the desert safari. We opted for the sunset one but you can also do it in the morning with an afternoon BBQ lunch. You get picked up at your hotel in Land Cruisers and taken out to the inland sea desert. Then the fun starts! Your driver will take you on a crazy rollercoaster drive through the desert ending at the perfect spot to watch the sun set. When it is dark you head to a desert camp for a traditional BBQ and you can even sleep over if you want!