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Learn, understand and experience the arts & culture

Qatar is well on its way to becoming a beacon of art and culture in the region, as well as on the wider canvas of the world.  

Learn about the culture, art and traditions that define the FIFA World Cup 2022™ host country as you navigate this page. Then, once here  – wander around and marvel at the landmarks, attractions and artworks that make Qatar so special and unique. 

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Aziziya Street  

Enjoy fabulous food choices, from high-end to fast and affordable

Aziziya Street is a bustling commercial area between Salwa Road and Al Waab Street – and home to some very popular restaurants and eateries. Check out Chinese, Egyptian, Lebanese, Qatari, Thai and Turkish, as well as more Western dishes. The offering includes healthy lifestyle choices for fitness-focused foodies. 

Souq Waqif 

Drop in at the souq for authentic Arabic food at its best

Souq Waqif is an amazing spot for the very best in authentic Arabic cuisine. So, if you’re missing home or want to try something completely new, this is the place to be. You’ll find traditional Qatari, Iraqi, Syrian, Iranian and Yemeni delicacies – and much more. Take your time to search the alleyways and uncover every surprise. 

Brunches 

Hotel brunches offer great deals, including all you can eat

Get brunched at a high-class hotel and feast on a wide range of global cuisine. This is the thing to do among Doha’s expats – some even say it's an institution – on Friday (aka the weekend). Look around for deals and discounts for kids. 

Nasr Street 

Discover great budget food from just about everywhere in the world

It’s all about eats on Nasr Street: Arabic for sure, plus great Filipino places, alongside some of the best Turkish food in Qatar. Or do you fancy some spicy Tunisian fare? Tuck in, then wash it down with a healthy smoothie from one of many hip juice bars.   

Duhail Night Market  

If food trucks excite you, take an after dark pit stop here

Duhail Night Market is about more than food trucks – street eats is a scene. Think hip American Airstream trailers and cute micro-vans each decorated in their own theme. On the menu you’ll find custom burgers, hotdogs, fries, Indian food, Thai desserts and the wildly popular Qatari cookies. Ride up and pull over. 

Souq Al Wakrah  

A quaint seaside marketplace with beachfront restaurants

Satisfy all your taste buds – try the Arabic delicacies and sweets, have some authentic fresh seafood, or be predictable and have an ice cream by the seaside! Venture the winding alleyways and make your way to the five star hotel to enjoy some fine dining. Get your fill - then walk it off on the shore.  

Hiteen Street, Muntazah  

Hit up Hiteen Street for some good eats

If Msheireb is on your sightseeing list, make sure to pass by Hiteen Street in Muntazah – a small district in Doha where much of the infrastructure has remained the same for decades. Although this area is a quintessential piece of Doha, its range of eateries leans more towards south-eastern Asian with Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian and Japanese cuisines. 

Al Jazeera Street, Bin Mahmoud  

A whole world of flavours awaits you

Venture past Al Bidda Park where the FIFA Fan Festival™ will be located, and you will find yourself in food heaven. Take a stroll up Al Jazeera street and find restaurants from all over the globe – Thai, Indian, Egyptian, Tunisian, Pakistani and Filipino.   

Al Matar Al Qadeem 

Get a taste of Qatar at Al Matar

Also known as Old Airport road due to its proximity to the original airport – Doha International Airport – this 2km long road is a popular spot for local, Arabic and South Asian food. With a list of cuisines nearly as long as the road itself, you can satisfy your craving here – find affordable Karak tea, Filipino dishes and authentic sit-on-the-floor Afghan meals. 

Qatar Sports Club 

Have a happy stomach and a happy wallet

Perhaps an unusual location for fast food and dessert restaurants, Qatar Sports Club in central Doha has made a name for itself amongst Doha’s foodies. From sit-down establishments to drive-thru joints, this spot is popular due to its extensive range of eateries. You can find everything from juices and smoothies, to three-course Arabic and International meals.  

The Pearl-Qatar 

Expensive tastes for any budget

European style meets Middle Eastern flair at this exclusive island. Enjoy tastes from all over the world at Porto Arabia with its exceptional marina views and docked luxury yachts. Meander through the Venice-like streets in Qanat Quartier and grab a bite to eat along the canals at one of the many innovative cafes.  

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Education City 

There’s more to enjoy than just academia in Education City

Stroll around Mathaf Museum, have a browse of Qatar National Library, find inner peace at Education City and Qatar Foundation mosques, or admire Arabian horses at Al Shaqab Equestrian Center. The library and universities offer lectures, open-mic sessions, poetry readings and more. You may just want to picnic on the grass at Oxygen Park – it’s all there, you decide. 

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The Corniche 

A beautiful promenade to walk at any time of the day or night

The Corniche is a 7km pedestrianised strip that follows a sweeping half-moon shape around Doha Bay. Enjoy great views of Qatar’s iconic skyline, lit up on the West Bay side. Stretch your legs, catch the breeze, stop and eat or head for the harbour for a dhow boat trip.   

Aspire Park 

A verdant city park area – right next to Khalifa International Stadium

Aspire Park is more than a breath of fresh air – it has a large lake, some fantastic wildlife, ornate fountains, tennis courts, soft running tracks and lovely cafes and restaurants. Covering over 88 hectares, it’s the perfect place to relax, work out, or let the children run wild. 

Go green 

Al Wakrah Park 

A great place to visit when you are in this seaside town  

There's a vibrant oasis of gorgeous greens and vivid blooms wherever you wander. For those who know it, it’s a secret wonder and one of the most-loved recreational spots off the city beat. Bring the whole family.

Al Bidda Park 

One of the biggest and most accommodating parks in Qatar 

Not only is it pet friendly, but they let you do all sorts of things that many parks around the world don’t. You can roller-skate, circuit around the cycle track, barbecue and even ride your horse or camel. The park also features large gymnasiums in addition to outdoor exercise equipment, playgrounds and an outdoor theatre that can seat 850 spectators. 

Oxygen Park 

A lush oasis of energising parkland set inside Education City

There are two zones to discover – one created for sport and the other for recreation. On the west side you’ll find the active zone, with volleyball courts, shaded running tracks and sports pitches. On the northeast side you can enjoy a heritage area, a children’s playground, gardens, fountains and an amphitheatre. 

Purple Island 

Discover the natural wonders of Qatar

Purple Island was once a site for dye production that came from thais savignyi – a sea snail that produces dark-red dye. However, today it’s a great place to unwind away from the city and explore nature. It’s an absolute gem for spotting crabs, fish, wildlife, fossils and plants of all sorts as you wander over the salt marshes.

Baladna Farm and Park 

Experience a great day out at this farm and park

Baladna Farm started out as a sheep and goat farm developed to produce dairy products for Qatar’s needs. Today, it’s a thriving farm and park with two amazing playgrounds. One is geared up for children between two and eight years old, while the other is designed with older children and adults in mind – it’s an adventure for all the family. 

5/6 Park 

An amazing park with a maze

Head to 5/6 park for some relaxing green space and a little wandering around fun. It even has a maze for you to negotiate formed in the shape of Qatar and inspired by the human fingerprint. It’s 6,500m2 of rolling hills so you can easily spend a full afternoon there.

Al Khor Family Park  

A park and a zoo for the best of both worlds

A wonderful place for a family day out with a well-kept and pleasant park. Visit the zoo and learn about the resident animals such as the zebras, tigers, black jaguars, various monkeys, giraffes – there’s even a black bear and a lion. Let your children explore the fabulous play area while you picnic in any of the cool, shaded areas. 

Crescent Park  

Stir your senses in an ocean of tranquility and calmness

Crescent Park has many different sections or park allées – all truly fabulous in their own right. Discover the Sculptural Dunes or Waves District, amble along The Hill and The Canyons, or take in the scenic Water-Play District and The Lake. You’ll also find food outlets, a forest, and children's play facilities.   

Dahl Al Hamam Park 

A fun family park with a terrific skating area

Dahl Al Hamam Park is a lovely green space dotted with beautiful flower-lined pathways. You’ll find a more relaxed atmosphere here than some of Doha’s newer parks. It’s great for kids of all ages but exceptional for older children due to the large skateboarding area – replete with humps, slopes, bridges and a small half-pipe – perfect for skateboards, scooters, roller-skates or bikes. 

Hotel Park Doha 

So much to do, you’ll return again and again

Adults, youngsters and teens can have a fun-packed time here. Take a ride through the park – have a go on one of the many different e-scooters, rent a bike, or get the buggy for little ones. There’s a wonderful dancing fountain with cooling waters that you can splash around in on a warm afternoon and even a bouncy castle to wear the kids out. 

Katara Hills 

Serene and rambling, with hidden gems along the way

One of the largest public parks in Doha, Katara Hills is a great place to enjoy amazing panoramic views. Split into the Southern and Northern Hills, it spans 361,500m2 in all. Go for a hike in the rolling hills, valleys, peaks and cool meadows. Discover the hundreds of trees from different parts of the world – all grown in the hills.  

MIA Park 

A beautiful green space along the waterfront

Located at the Museum of Islamic Art, this park is popular with locals, expats and tourists alike. Whether you’re active or want to relax, this park is for you – jog around the 1km pathway, spend quality time with the kids in the play park, or enjoy the food trucks and cafes. Make a memory and take a snap of the Doha skyline – you’ll find some of the best views of Doha here.

Al Bayt Park 

One of the largest parks in Qatar – right next to Al Bayt Stadium

Al Bayt Park is a beautiful area with over 1,000 trees and a host of great facilities for the whole family. There are camel and horse trails, beautiful lakes to gaze across, great sporting amenities, playgrounds, restaurants and even barbecues where you can fire up and grill your own food. 

Rent a Bike 

Power around under your own steam 

With so many beautiful and sizable city parks to visit, it’s no wonder bike hire is gaining fans. People are turning to bicycles to bring some outside enjoyment to their fitness routines. You will find hire spots in AI Bidda Park, Education City Park and MIA Park. Just turn up and turn on that pedal power. 

Education City Golf Club 

Head here if you feel the need to swing a few

At Education City Golf Club, you can choose from 33 holes, with 18, nine and six-hole courses in all. Discover immaculately groomed and conditioned lawns, a state-of-the-art tech-led driving range and swing and putting studios where you can hone your technique. All holes have been designed by double-major winner José María Olazábal in line with USGA standards. 

Tee time 

Karting  

Lusail Circuit Sports Club has two great tracks for speedy karting action

The adult track, for ages 15 and older, lets you race 12 karts at the same time. The second is for junior racers aged 8-14. Bring your QID or passport – under 18s will need signed permission from a legal guardian to take part. 

Start your engines 

Bounce 

A giant freestyle playground made of wall-to-wall trampolines 

There’s so much to dive into and enjoy here: climbing challenges, dodgeball courts, a slam-dunk area, a big bag and more. In fact, there’s just about everything for active, free-spirited kids of all ages. Bounce is serious fun – it’s even a training ground for some of the world’s leading freestyle athletes. 

Jungle Zone  

A great place to monkey around with the kids 

If the little ones get completely beached out and you feel the time’s right for indoor action, take them for a rumble in the Jungle Zone. It features arcade games, fairground rides like bumper cars, a trampoline section and a high-ropes course with a zip line. With a 3,500m2 area of children's attractions for toddlers to 15 year olds, you’ll all want to hang around. 

Zero Latency 

Immerse yourself deeper into virtual reality missions than ever before 

You’ll be fully equipped with a state-of-the-art VR headset, combat gear and cutting-edge controllers. Your movements are replicated within the game – and your mind will put you right inside the virtual action. Zero Latency represents warehouse-scale hyper-realistic gaming at its best. Free roam and seek out your targets solo or with a group of friends. 

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Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum 

Satisfy your curiosity at this fascinating museum

The wonderful collection here spans from the Jurassic period through the early Islamic period and right up to present day. It is the result of years of personal dedication by Sheikh Faisal who has travelled across continents to secure these captivating pieces. Rare vintage cars, ships, weapons, medical equipment, fossils, pictures and furniture – there’s 15,000 exhibits in all. 

Bring your curiosity 

National Museum of Qatar 

Modelled on the desert rose, this museum is a wonder inside and out

The stunning architecture here makes any visit an instant hit. Visitors can wander through a series of rooms where films play on the walls, together with displays of artefacts presenting the Qatar peninsula from its early geology to the current day. Immersive, experiential and brilliantly curated – Qatar’s history seamlessly unfolds in front of your eyes. 

Discover the rose 

Al Riwaq Gallery 

For the very best works of international, regional and local artists

Modern art galleries need to have a finger on the pulse of movements – Al Riwaq Gallery does just that. The exhibits change frequently, are always well-curated and never fail to surprise and inspire. Any time spent here is a thrill, so go and absorb it all. 

Check the pulse 

Fire Station Gallery 

Fire Station is a creative space supporting a new wave of artists

When Qatar’s fire brigade vacated its old station in 2012, the gallery took over. Today, there are 24 artists’ studios and a public art gallery. There’s also a wonderful cafe serving healthy drinks and great food. You can enjoy it all by a lovely water feature in the outdoor piazza. 

Spark your imagination 

Museum of Islamic Art (MIA)

MIA is one of Qatar's most famous museums and landmarks, offering memorable exhibitions and incredible views 

Discover the richness of Islamic art and its influence around the world. Pieces date from the 7th-19th century AD and include metal work, ceramics, intricate jewellery, wood, textiles and glass. The building was designed by architect I.M. Pei, who was also responsible for the iconic Louvre Gallery in Paris. 

Muse it over 

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art 

Showcasing art created in Qatar and across the Middle East

Many expressive works can be enjoyed in both the temporary galleries and permanent displays. Beyond the galleries, Mathaf brings people together to learn, share ideas and enter into debate. From public talks by artists to weekly lessons, Mathaf works tirelessly to support the growth of Arab art today. 

Interact here 

Al Thuraya Planetarium  

Journey around the galaxies of the universe

There are infinite reasons to visit Katara Cultural Village, but Al Thuraya Planetarium is one that really shines. The main draw is its full dome-shaped digitally enhanced auditorium. Seating 200 people, it boasts a 22m wide screen with state-of-the-art digital projectors showing 2D and 3D edutainment screenings – all presented in a way that suits both children and adults. 

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Shopping 

Are you looking for some traditional Qatari items to take back home? Do you want to buy local souvenirs? Whatever you’re looking for, you are bound to find them in the traditional Souqs in Qatar. From jewellery to ornaments, spices to sweets, fabrics to clothing, traditional accessories to make-up products, toys to household items, perfumes to local Ouds – – you’ll find all this and a whole lot more in these Souqs. Here, along with the traditional shopping, you will enjoy the Qatari cultural vibes, too.

Gold Souq 

Come to where all that glistens is actually gold

Traditionally, this is where the locals buy beautiful 24-karat gold jewellery and trinkets for their loved ones. Everything sold here has a government stamp of purity and is worth seeing – even if you’re just window-shopping. Discover over 50 shops where the shopkeepers are helpful and the atmosphere is relaxed. Evenings are when you’ll want to arrive to experience the hustle and bustle of this specialised souq.

Souq Waqif 

Qatar's main market, offering henna painting, shisha, intricately worked handicrafts and delicious cuisine

Meaning “standing market”, this is Qatar’s oldest marketplace and one of the most atmospheric places to explore in the country. Meander around the cardamom-scented alleyways of Souq Waqif. Shop for scarves, luxurious embroidered fabrics, traditional coffee pots, oud perfumes and even falcons in the dedicated Falcon Souq quarter! The Souq offers henna painting and delicious local and international cuisine as well. 

Have a meander 

Souq Al Wakrah 

See, feel and hear how life was in the region hundreds of years ago 

Explore the traditional architecture and aged clay structures at tranquil Souq Al Wakrah and you’ll discover so much more. There’s a small mosque, stables and shops selling honey and spices, perfumes and souvenirs. Round off your visit with a camel ride or enjoy dinner at one of the very reasonably priced beachfront restaurants. It’s a gem of a trip you’ll treasure forever. 

Souq Al Ali  

Buy a smart made-to-measure thobe and be as local as it gets

Souq AI Ali, aka “the thobe souq” is the place to buy one. A thobe is the long traditional robe you see worn by men all over Qatar – generally in white but you’ll also see a range of colours on the streets when winter comes. Ask any of the nimble-fingered tailors who’ve set up shop here and they’ll gladly oblige.

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Modern Shopping 

From mid-range to high-end luxury, Qatar has no end of fabulous shopping malls. All the major international shopping brands are well represented, as are an assortment of local and regional boutiques. Even if you skip the shopping, malls are a fun day out. With ice skating rinks, bowling alleys, cinemas and even theme parks, there’s plenty to keep all ages entertained. 

Doha Festival City 

One of the largest retail and entertainment developments in the Gulf

Head to Doha Festival City to discover a myriad of great shopping opportunities and fantastic restaurants. You can also visit the snow park for wintery slides and rides. There’s a high-tech cinema complex too, with no fewer than 18 digital screens, as well as a gaming complex. Shopping has never been so exhilarating! 

Big fun this way 

Villaggio Shopping Mall 

A high-class Venetian themed mall with something for everyone

Beyond the indoor canal, bridges, gondola rides and sky-painted ceiling, Villaggio is also one of the most popular shopping and dining destinations. There’s even an exclusive area for designer brands.  

If that’s not enough, there’s a roller coaster, ferris wheel, carousel, bumper cars and kiddy rides, as well as an ice rink and a cinema. 

It’s-a-here 

Place Vendôme 

The new address for luxury and fashion in Qatar 

Taking inspiration from the Parisian high-end shopping street – Rue de la Paix – Place Vendôme adds to the many fashionable bespoke shopping destinations in Doha. From high-street to high-end, this mall sets the right tone for a unique shopping experience in the heart of Lusail. With over 600 stores and food outlets, Place Vendôme radiates extravagance and will indulge your every shopping wish.

Setting the right shopping tone

Mirqab Mall 

Mirqab is a mega mall with shopping, casual dining, restaurants and family entertainment

Situated on one of Doha’s oldest shopping streets, Mirqab Mall carries on that tradition with large glass windows and promenade entrances. Once inside the similarity ends, as modern fountains burst into life and perform a synchronised act to music at regular intervals throughout the day.

Make a splash 

Al Hazm Mall 

Unique architecture and interior design make this mall stand out from the crowd

Al Hazm really is different from other malls – it aims to attract those with a taste for European atmosphere with Arabian hospitality. A spectacular glass pyramid, like the one at the Louvre, stands outside the mall. Flower gardens and centuries-old olive trees line the outdoor walkways. There’s even an outdoor ventilation system to maintain a cool temperature. 

Shopping on higher ground

Ezdan Mall, Al Wakrah 

When you need modern retail therapy down in Al Wakrah

High on the list of retail experiences in the area, this mall is made up of local, regional and international brands. There’s something for everyone no matter what their taste.

Originally a fishing and pearling village, Al Wakrah is now host to Al Janoub Stadium, whose design is inspired by the sails of dhow boats – used traditionally in this area.  

Mall of Qatar 

The world's first mall with an in-house theatre crew to entertain shoppers

Mall of Qatar is a great shopping mall. Here, you can find all the popular high-street brands and more. This is a mall worth making a song and dance about: complete with hydraulic rotating stage and LED light shows. There are 26 beautiful water features inside and outside the mall.

Engage, relax, and unwind

Galeries Lafayette 

Experience a Parisienne-style shopping wonder 

Galeries Lafayette at Katara Cultural Village offers the latest French fashion trends.  

Take in the atmosphere of the legendary Boulevard Haussmann department store. Stay cool while window shopping thanks to stylish and practical air-conditioning grates in the cobblestone walkways outside. 

Visitors can also pick up the best international, regional and local brands before taking a break at one of the exquisite restaurants. 

A unique shopping event

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Katara Cultural Village 

Discover a vibrant area where creativity is expressed in many forms

Qatar’s vision to become a beacon of art and culture in the Middle East is here: a hub for theatre, dance, music, visual arts, literature and poetry – as well as conventions and exhibitions. People of all nations can come together here to connect and share cultures in harmony. 

Get your culture fix 

Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Centre

One of Doha’s most prominent landmarks, known locally as the “spiral mosque”

You can find crash courses as well as extended educational programmes on various aspects of Qatari life and culture here – from the Arabic language to understanding Islam and the beautiful art of Arabic calligraphy. There is even the unique opportunity to attend the khutbah (Friday sermon) in English. Officials are more than happy to meet visitors before prayers to explain mosque etiquette. 

Immerse yourself 

Qatar National Library 

A library created for the 21st century

The architecture is stunning, the facilities amazing and the collection expansive – providing access to over one million books. The Heritage Library within holds some of the rarest books, journals, maps, magazines, atlases and manuscripts in Arabic and various European languages.  Also, a partnership with the Museum of Islamic Art enables the sharing of some of their library of over 15,000 Islamic art books.

Read more 

Katara Opera House 

Home to the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

Over a relatively short period of time, the Katara Opera House has become a preferred hub for a chorus of the world’s leading artists and musicians. The grand interior has seating for 550 guests with sumptuous red chairs, ornamental balconies and a beautifully designed ceiling. You’ll find this venue located within the beautiful Katara Cultural Village.

Catch the acts 

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra 

A world class orchestra in the heart of Qatar

Katara Opera House is their home but they play at a number of local venues throughout the year including Qatar National Convention Center, Qatar National Library and the Museum of Islamic Art. The 101-strong orchestra performs western and Arabic music – with around 40 different programmes per year. You can also see them abroad as they visit many iconic locations.

Follow the melody 

Doha Film Institute 

Located within Katara Cultural Village is the Doha Film Institute, a national organisation dedicated to building film culture in Qatar. The institute champions emerging local talent and individuals from around the world, providing financial support and hands-on creative assistance. This can lead to international recognition for some of the best aspiring talents.   

Action! 

Richard Serra Sculptures 

East-West/ West-East is a permanent art installation in the desert by sculptor Richard Serra

This major attraction in Qatar, is located 60km outside Doha in Brouq Nature Reserve, Zekreet. It comprises four towering steel sculptures spanning a full kilometre of desert. Each steel plate is over 14m tall. The result is spectacular, modern and timeless. Zekreet is also a great destination for the beach and camping trips. 

Heavy metal this way 

Al Zubarah Fort 

A perfectly restored fort overlooking ancient ruins

A UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the largest and best-preserved examples of an ancient settlement in the region. You can learn all about its history and the archaeological work being carried out there at the exhibition inside.

Dig around 

Al Wakrah Dhow Harbour 

The best place to see working dhow boats up close in Qatar

You’ll find hundreds of dhow boats here in traditional designs, with fishers maintaining their vessels and unloading the catch of the day. Aside from fishing, dhows have traditionally been used for transporting heavy goods along the coasts of the Arabian Gulf, East Africa, Yemen and South Asia (as far as Pakistan, India and Bangladesh). 

Amiri Diwan 

The seat of rule of the State of Qatar

The Amiri Diwan is the ceremonial and administrative centre of the State. It is where His Highness  The Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani tends to local and international affairs. For an insight into life inside, there’s an excellent website detailing the building’s history and current news concerning H.H. The Amir and the government. Although not open to the public, it’s well worth a drive by. 

Look inside 

Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque  

Qatar’s largest mosque, also known as the Grand Mosque

Built on the original site of the mosque of Qatar’s founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani – in memory of his father who died when Sheikh Jassim was away on a military campaign in Qatar’s north. After dark, the sandstone building is illuminated by strategically placed lighting. 

Al Jassasiya Rock Carvings 

Qatar’s earliest site was a well-kept secret – now you can see it for yourself

Qatar’s prehistoric art is an incredible thing to see up close. Images of fish, feet, rosettes, ships and rows of cups account for around 900 carvings in all, representing aspects of the lives of the people who made their mark here hundreds and even thousands of years ago.

Etch yourself 

Dhow Port 

Dhow boat trips are a great way to take in the sights

Dhows were originally used for fishing, pearl diving or to transport heavy goods, water and fruit. While some are still used for purposes beyond tourism, nowadays you can head to the Corniche to see plenty of dhow boats lined up ready to take you out on a leisurely trip. You’ll also find the dedicated harbour for guests en route to the fabulous Banana Island. 

Falconry 

Falconry is a national obsession, cherished and deeply respected by all Qataris

Falcons have been revered here for centuries – traditionally deployed by nomads to supplement their desert diet with meat. During the winter months, major hunts and races take place for prestige and pride. To see these regal birds up close, visit the Falcon Souq to find specialist shops with peregrines, lanners and sakers, and marvel at the pedigree of these magnificent creatures. 

Losail International Circuit 

Qatar’s stage for international and local motor racing events

This circuit is awesome – catch an event and you’ll be mesmerised. There’s plenty going on between races too. The track is open to the public – you bring your own beast or drive the vehicles provided. There’s also a karting track. Try it out and maybe one day you’ll be racing with the pros.  

Hit the grid 

Virtuocity 

Check out the region’s first dedicated digital gaming spot

Qatar is known for next-level experience – but this is a different dimension. Virtuocity fuses the virtual world with the real world in an electrifying, competitive environment. It’s every gamer’s dream realised: 10 full-motion racing simulators, four incredible escape rooms, exclusive VIP rooms and there’s the fully pro multipurpose eSports arena. Immersive experiences don’t get deeper than this. Game on. 

Play for real 

Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club 

Check out one of the best horse-training centres in the world

The world has always turned to this region for its prized Arabian horses so any opportunity to visit Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club is fully rewarded. This incredible state-of-the-art complex is home to more than 700 of the finest Arabian horses. Every Thursday you can attend racing events, thoroughbred Arabian horse shows and auctions – all free of charge. 

Giddy up 

Doha Bus 

A great way to visit multiple iconic locations in one trip

Doha Bus offers two hop-on hop-off services – 24 hours and 48 hours – allowing you to explore at your own pace.  Buses run every 40 minutes, so you won’t be waiting around at any location. There’s also a night tour so you can take in the magical sight of the city illuminated – a drive along the Corniche after sundown is something not to be missed.

All aboard 

Open-air Cinema 

Experience open-air cinema the American way, in Doha

There’s nothing quite like watching a movie at an open-air cinema – it’s a unique experience of film-viewing freedom and independence. Couple that with the mouth-watering aromas of delicious eats from nearby food trucks, then triple that with silvery moonlight and you’ve got an evening to remember. Check online for screenings at MIA and Aspire Parks, Katara Cultural Village amphitheatre and Drive-in Doha. 

Drive-in Doha 

Pull up to the big screen  

Whether you’re in the mood for a classic tearjerker or the latest action-packed blockbuster, Drive-in Doha is the place to park up, sit back and enjoy an evening in front of the mega screen from the comfort of your own ride. You’ll find all your favourite snacks and refreshments here, plus classic street eats at the food trucks. 

Opening credits 

Countdown Clock 

Share your dreams and count down the days

The One Year To Go milestone was celebrated with the unveiling of the official Countdown Clock on 21 November 2021. The clock stands on Doha’s Corniche against a backdrop of the city’s stunning skyline. Share your FIFA World Cup 2022™ dreams on social media using #WorldCup and #Qatar2022 to see them displayed on the clock’s digital hourglass. 

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