Qatar is a peninsular Arab country whose terrain comprises arid desert and a long Persian (Arab) Gulf shoreline of beaches and dunes. Also on the coast is the capital, Doha, known for its futuristic skyscrapers and other ultramodern architecture inspired by ancient Islamic design, such as the limestone Museum of Islamic Art. The museum sits on the city’s Corniche waterfront promenade. ― Google Top Places to Visit In Qatar On Your Next Vacation
The Museum of Islamic Art is a museum on one end of the seven-kilometer-long Corniche in Doha, Qatar. As per the architect I. M. Pei’s specifications, the museum is built on an island off an artificial projecting peninsula near the traditional dhow harbor. A purpose-built park surrounds the edifice on the eastern and southern facades while two bridges connect the southern front facade of the property with the main peninsula that holds the park. The western and northern facades are marked by the harbor showcasing the Qatari seafaring past.
Souq Waqif is a marketplace in Doha, in the state of Qatar. The souq is noted for selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs. It is also home to dozens of restaurants and Shisha lounges. Although it dates back at least a hundred years, it was renovated in 2006 to conserve its traditional Qatari architectural style. The area is very popular with locals and immigrants alike as it offers multiple dining options in the same location.
The Pearl-Qatar in Doha, Qatar, is an artificial island spanning nearly four square kilometers. It is the first land in Qatar to be available for freehold ownership by foreign nationals. As of 2018, there are 27,000 residents. Once fully completed, The Pearl will create over 32 kilometers of new coastline, for use as a residential estate with an expected 18,831 dwellings and 45,000 residents by 2018. Developed by United Development Company and planned by architecture and design firm Callison, the island is located 350 meters offshore of Doha’s West Bay Lagoon area. In 2004, when the project was first revealed, the initial cost of constructing the island stood at $2.5 billion. It is now believed the project will cost $15 billion upon completion.
The Doha Corniche is a waterfront promenade extending for seven kilometers along Doha Bay in the capital city of Qatar, Doha. Annual celebrations of national holidays such as Qatar National Day and National Sports Day are centered on the Doha Corniche. It is a popular tourist and leisure attraction within Qatar.
National Museum of Qatar
Qatar Museums is a Qatari government entity that oversees the Museum of Islamic Art, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, MIA Park, QM Gallery at Katara, ALRIWAQ DOHA Exhibition Space, the Al Zubarah World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, and archaeological projects throughout Qatar, as well as the development of future projects and museums that will highlight its collections across multiple areas of activity including Orientalist art, photography, sports, children’s education, and wildlife conservation.
The Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha offers an Arab perspective on modern and contemporary art and supports creativity, promotes dialogue and inspires new ideas. Established in 2010, it is considered to be among the most important cultural attractions in the country.
Banana Island is a small island in Qatar. Its territory is crescent-shaped and is located off the coast of the capital city of Doha. It is a natural island in the Persian Gulf. Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara was built there. The island covers 13 hectares and has its own marina and reefs. The entire structure was completed by 2015. It has diverse vegetation such as palm trees and gardens and luxurious facilities for tourists.
Aspire Park is located in Aspire Zone, in the southern district of Baaya in Doha, Qatar. It covers an area of 88 hectares and it is Doha’s biggest park. It is a great place to have picnics and family outdoors while overlooking the Aspire Tower, especially at night. The park has different features such as beautiful fountains, playgrounds for children, and other fun features. It has the only lake in Qatar, a small hill, a coffee shop where different kinds of beverages can be bought, and various kinds of trees, both rare and common. Located close by is the Aspire Tower, a 300-meter modern hotel, which served as a giant torch for the 15th Asian Games. Since March 23 2020, The ministry of Commerce and Industry has closed the Aspire Park, along other parks, due to the Covid-19 outbreak until further notice
Aspire Tower, also known as The Torch Doha, is a 300-metre-tall skyscraper hotel located in the Aspire Zone complex in Doha, Qatar. Designed by architect Hadi Simaan and AREP and engineer Ove Arup and Partners, the tower served as the focal point for the 15th Asian Games hosted by Qatar in December 2006. The tower is currently the tallest structure and building in Doha and Qatar, but it will be surpassed by the Dubai Towers Doha and the Barwa Tower, when either project is completed. The tower has also been known as Khalifa Sports Tower or Doha Olympic Tower.
Quaint beach near the city center
Al Koot Fort most commonly known as the Doha Fort, is a historical military fortress located in the heart of Doha, Qatar’s capital city. It was built in 1927 by Sheikh Abdulla bin Qassim Al Thani, better known as Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, who ruled Qatar from 1913 until 1949, after Sheikh Mohammed bin Jassim Al Thani, Sheikh Abdullah’s brother, abdicated in favor of him. The fort was later converted into a museum. Qatari traditional handicrafts, products and photos of daily life with illustrations are housed in the fort. Exhibits and artworks include handicrafts, gypsum and wooden ornaments, fishing equipment and boats, historical photos and paintings including oil paintings of craft workers and daily life.
Abdullah Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center (Fanar)
Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center is a cultural organization in Doha, the capital of Qatar. It is located close to Doha Corniche and is a prominent landmark in the city. The center’s most distinguished feature is its mosque which has a unique minaret design. Prior to 2009, Fanar’s mosque was the largest in the country. It has since been over taken in this category by Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque, however, it remains the tallest mosque in Qatar. The mosque was named after the famous Qatari Islamic scholar and the founder of the Qatari judicial system Sheikh Abdulla bin Zaid Al-Mahmoud. The name was given by the Emir of Qatar to commemorate the memory of his achievements during his tenure as the supreme judge of Qatar.
Barzan Towers, also known as the Umm Salal Mohammed Fort Towers, are watchtowers that were built in the late 19th century and renovated in 1910 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Jassim Al Thani. They are located at the southern side of the defensive system established at the end of the 19th century and start of the 20th century to protect the ‘rawdat’, a valley where precious rainwater is collected when it flows down from higher ground. In Arabic “barzan” means “high place”. The buildings were restored in 2003. The towers measure 16 metres high. The fort links to two other fortified buildings towards the west and another tower towards the north. Barzan Towers may have been built near the sea to keep an observant eye on pearl divers, as a look-out for approaching ships, and as an observatory for keeping track of the moon. The Barzan Towers have been rebuilt with features such as air-conditioners.
Al Bidda Park
Al Bidda Park, formerly known as Al Rumaila Park, is a park in Doha, Qatar next to Qatar National Theater. It is near Doha Bay, overlooks the Doha Corniche and is one of the oldest and most popular parks in Doha. It is one of the areas used for birdwatching. The park includes a children’s playground, small shops, and the Cultural Village, a cultural heritage center. After being closed for renovations in November 2014, the park was reopened in February 2018 in commemoration of National Sports Day.
The Pearl Monument
Luxury manmade island & marinas
Msheireb Museums is a project by Msheireb Properties which celebrates the histories of four historic heritage houses in the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha, the capital city of Qatar. Msheireb Museums are an integral part of the inner city’s regeneration of the old commercial centre, with its traditional community-based lifestyle. The restoration of the four heritage houses—Bin Jelmood House, Company House, Mohammed Bin Jassim House and Radwani House—into world-class museums is a vital part of the Msheireb Downtown Doha development. The Msheireb Museums are part of the first phase of the Heritage Quarter of Msheireb Properties’ QR20 billion, 310,000 sq m development.
Park and garden
Imam Muhammad bin Abdulwahhab Mosque
Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque is the national mosque of Qatar. It is named after Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, a Sunni Muslim preacher, scholar and theologian from the Najd region in central Arabia, founder of the Islamic doctrine and movement known as Wahhabism. The mosque was opened in 2011, with the Emir of Qatar presiding over the occasion
Katara Mosque, Doha
Striking, ornately decorated mosque
Angry Birds World Qatar
Market for falcons & related supplies
Al Wakra Municipality Family Beach
Wide, sandy beach with a playground
Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium
Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Doha, Qatar. It is the home ground of Al Ahli SC and Al-Sailiya SC. The stadium holds 12,000 people.
City Center Doha Shopping Mall
The Tornado Tower, also called the QIPCO Tower, is a high-rise office skyscraper in the city of Doha, Qatar. The building stands at a height of 640 feet tall with 52 floors. Construction began in 2006 and was completed in 2008. It is located on a 199,000 square foot plot of land, but only occupies 32,300 square feet of it, leaving plenty of open space around it to enhance its aesthetic. The circular footprint of the building, with a 97-foot diameter at its base, includes a ground level restaurant and a bank, among other amenities. Sixteen elevators serve the approximate 904,000 square feet of office space the building contains. The building is accompanied by 1500 car parking spaces housed within three levels of underground basement parking. Due to the hour glass shape of the building, the total rentable office space available on each floor varies from 13,560–25,800 square feet. This offers high flexibility in both the size of office space available and the layout of office space on each floor. The top three floors of the tower are luxury office space and are surrounded by terraces and balconies. The top level of the VIP floors has direct access to a helicopter landing pad.
Amusement park in a mall with gondolas
Al Wakrah Public Garden
Waterfront park with gardens & play area
Al Safliya Island
Al Safliya Island is an island located off the coast of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. The island is located 3 miles north of Ras Abu Aboud. A popular tourist destination among locals, journey by boat from Doha takes roughly 30 to 40 minutes.
Anantara Resort (Banana Island) Boats
Children’s indoor theme park with rides
Museum of Illusions Doha
Dubai Towers Doha
Dubai Towers – Doha is a super-tall skyscraper with a roof height of 400 m under construction in Doha, Qatar. The estimated cost of Dubai Towers – Doha is 2.3 billion Qatari Riyal. When completed, the structure will be the tallest building in Qatar. Located in the West Bay district of Doha, next to the Doha Corniche, the 90-story multi-use tower is being developed by Sama Dubai, formerly known as Dubai International Properties, the international real estate investment and development arm of Dubai Holding. The project has been contracted to a joint venture between Al-Habtoor and Al Jaber, while Robert Matthew Johnson Marshall are the architects and engineering consultants. The cost consultants are Hanscomb Consultants Inc. The Project Management consultant is Sama ECH. When completed the mixed use tower will include a 7,000 m² retail area, 13 floors comprising a 225-room five-star hotel, 29 floors of office space and 31 floors containing 226 luxury apartments and three super luxury penthouses. The project is now severely delayed as a result of the financial crash in Dubai. Investors in the property have been advised that the building is 9 months behind schedule.
Sports fields, paths & picnic areas
Sheraton Hotel Park
Waterfront park with a playground
Al Wajbah Fort
Al Wajbah Fort is one of the oldest forts in Qatar. Located in the locality of Al Wajbah in Al Rayyan, it is situated 15 km west of Doha. The fort was built in 1893 and was the location of an important battle when the army of Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani defeated the Ottoman army in 1893. It was used as the residence of Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani at various periods. The fort’s most prominent features are its four watchtowers. It underwent restoration in the later 20th century. Places to Visit In Qatar Places to Visit In Qatar
The Skyline Doha
Dahl Al Hamam Park
Manicured family park with 3 play areas
Church of Our Lady of the Rosary
The Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rosary is a Roman Catholic church in Doha, Qatar. It is located, along with churches of other Christian denominations, at the Religious Complex in Abu Hamour. It is the first church built in the country since the Muslim conquests in the 7th century. The church was constructed at a cost of around $20 million on land donated by the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Due to the laws in Islamic Qatar, the church displays no Christian symbols like crosses, bells, or a steeple on its exterior. The church was dedicated on 14 March 2008, by Cardinal Ivan Dias, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation, in a ceremony attended by Qatari Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah; Archbishop Mounged Al Hachem, the ambassador of the Holy See to the Gulf; Bishop Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicariate of Arabia; Archbishop Giuseppe Andrea, former nuncio of the Holy See to the region; and several Qatari officials. The church is part of the Apostolic Vicariate of Nor[Truncated] Places to Visit In Qatar
Doha Golf Club
The Doha Golf Club in Doha, Qatar is an 18-hole, 7,374-yard, par 72 championship course that was designed by Peter Harradine. The Doha Golf Club is also one of the first grass golf course ever built in the Middle East. Open to nonmembers, it has a 2 808 yards long floodlit nine-hole academy course, and a clubhouse with three restaurants and a golf shop. The club hosts the Qatar Masters golf tournament
Qatar National Bank Tower
Qatar National Bank Tower was a planned supertall skyscraper in Doha, Qatar, but its construction was cancelled on November 25, 2015.
Doha Dhow Harbour
Msheireb Enrichment Centre
Souq Waqif Art Center
Art exhibitions, sales & classes
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Architecture and art
Al Rumailah Park
Green space with trails & a playground
W Doha Hotel & Residences
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Museum of Islamic arts
Arcade games, virtual reality & more
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Radwani House – Msheireb Museums
History and museum
Education City Mosque
Sleek showcase of contemporary art
Souq Waqif Park
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Abu Manaratain Mosque
Arab Postal Stamps Museum
Al Gharrafa Family Park
Qur’anic Botanic Garden – Management & Technical
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Qatar Museums Gallery, Al Riwaq
Fire Station Museum
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The Golden Masjid
Al Aaliya Island
Al Aaliya Island is an island located off the coast of the municipality of Al Daayen in Qatar, north of The Pearl. It is a small, low-lying island, of a brown colour, with a little peak at its east end, lying 3½ miles north of Al Safliya Island; it is visible 6 or 7 miles. Between these two islands is the artificial island of The Pearl, which was built in the late 2000s. In the past its eastern peak was useful as a mark entering the Al Bidda harbour. Places to Visit In Qatar
Al Meena Street
New Salata Park
Jaam’e Al-Bukhari جامع الإمام البخاري
Abu Bakr As-Siddique Masjid
Al Rayyan Park
Old Palm Trees Island
Al Muntazah Park
Katara Multi-Purpose Hall
Corniche Metro Station (North) (Tennis ground side)
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