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10 things to do in Qatar besides football

When the final whistle draws a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ match to an end, fans will have plenty of time to explore many of the country's cultural and entertainment offerings – a selection of which is listed below.

Take a stroll along Doha Corniche

Lined with attractive palm trees, Qatar's most popular waterfront promenade stretches 7km and is the perfect spot for walking, jogging, skating, cycling, or even a short evening stroll. You can also take a cruise on a traditional dhow boat while enjoying a breathtaking view of Doha's illuminating skyline. 

Barter at Souq Waqif

Travel back in time by visiting Qatar's bustling, traditional marketplace. From fascinating antique shops and spice markets, to numerous eateries that cover cuisines from all around the region, Souq Waqif is a mixture of modern and traditional – and a must-see for all visitors in 2022.

Desert safari

Experience the exhilarating rollercoaster-like ride that is dune bashing, or visit one of Qatar's most impressive natural wonders, the 'Inland Sea' at Khor Al Adaid – a water reserve where the sea encroaches deep into the heart of the desert. Settle for a tranquil evening around a traditional campsite and enjoy a delicious barbecue under the stars.


Delve into the region's past at the Museum of Islamic Art, National Museum of Qatar and Msheireb Museums, or explore modern and contemporary art at the Doha Fire Station and Mathaf.

Shop till you drop

Doha offers some of the finest and most varied shopping in the world. Enormous malls such as the Mall of Qatar, Doha Festival City and Villaggio cater to all needs and budgets.  

Katara Cultural Village

Dotted with some of the most impressive architecture in the region, Katara is a cultural beacon where people from all over the world come together to share art, theatre, literature and music.

The Pearl-Qatar

Located off the West Bay coast, this man-made island features elegant Mediterranean-style marinas, internationally renowned hotels, shopping spots, and a variety of cafes and restaurants suited for every taste.

Hit the beach

The peninsula of Qatar is surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches. Unwind from the raucous crowds at one of the country's numerous public beaches, or head to one of Qatar's many luxurious beach resort hotels.

Al Zubarah Fort

Take a glimpse into Qatar's past through this historic military fortress located on the northwestern coast of Qatar – the country's first UNESCO World Heritage site.

Purple Island

Also known as Jazirat bin Ghanim and Al Khor Island, the island is one of Qatar's natural wonders. Step away from the bustling city life and marvel at the bright green mangroves and low-tide beaches. Spot some fish, crab, fossils, flamingoes and other wildlife as you take a stroll along the salt marshes.