Perched on the coast of the Arabian Gulf in the east of Qatar, Doha is a city to reckon with. A beautiful amalgamation of old world charm and a new world ethos, Doha is known for its Islamic heritage as much as it is known for its modern, minimal urban architecture. Doha is the commercial hub of Qatar, and is bustling with ancient Arabic souqs and museums alike, making it a perfect destination for those looking to explore a lesser-known side of the Gulf.
Museum of Islamic Art
The Museum of Islamic Art is a museum on one end of the seven-kilometer-long corniche in Doha, Qatar. Built on an island near the traditional harbour, the museum’s ancient Islamic architecture is a sight to behold.
National Museum of Qatar
Opened in March 2019, the National Museum of Qatar is a cultural marvel designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. A sprawling desert-rose-inspired structure, the museum focuses on Qatari history and heritage, celebrating the country’s rich and diverse history.
Qatar National library
Aiming to serve a three-fold function: a national library, a research-level university library, and a central metropolitan public library equipped for the digital age, Qatar National Library features an impressive collection of more than 800,000 books.
A social hub in the heart of Doha and built on an ancient market site, Souq Waqif is an authentic 19th century Arabic souq, complete with remnants of ancient Qatari buildings and mud-walled shops.
A traditional arcaded building off Souq Waqif, Falcon Souq was established to understand and celebrate the place of falconry in Qatari society. Evenings are the best time to visit, if you want to watch falcon enthusiasts discuss falconry with the shopkeepers.