14 Awesome Things to Do in Doha, Qatar (2019 Edition)

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From going on a high-adrenaline dune experience to enjoying panoramic views from the Doha Torch Tower, here is our list of the absolute best things to do in Doha.

Things To Do In Doha
Night views of the city – Things to do in Doha, Qatar.

A nation filled with fascinating culture, other-worldly landscapes and remarkable architecture, Qatar is a place that needs to be seen to be believed.

Located in the Persian Gulf, with its land bordering Saudi Arabia, Qatar is one of the seven Arab States.

Qatar is indeed a small country, but that doesn’t take away from its very diverse attractions, and a fast-growing tourism industry that is developing.

Tourist facilities are being created almost daily, especially in Doha, the capital city of the peninsula nation.

Proving that this destination is one of the world’s next big hot spots, Qatar will be hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will further increase the development towards tourism.

Need some more reasons to visit? The weather is almost perfect, thanks to its constant summer-like climate, and it’s a wonderful place for those of us that love travel photography.

It is also one of the safest countries in the world for tourists, and boasts the true wonders of hospitality that Arabs are so well known for.

The Best Things to Do in Doha

Even though Qatar is a small country, there’s a rich variety of food, beaches and sand dunes and adventures.

And nowhere is this more evident than the capital city of Doha.

You can ride a camel in the morning, have brunch in a palace, sunbathe on some of the Gulf’s most luxurious beaches, buy art from a world class gallery, then end the evening with a night of clubbing at some of world’s most upscale nightclubs.

Qatar’s capital is developing at a very fast pace, and there is no shortage of awesome attractions to enjoy.

Getting there is even easier now, with dozens of flight options landing in Doha from around the world. Check out the options on Wego.

If you wish to experience adventure, buzzing nightlife, culture or blissful relaxation, we have you covered with this ultimate list of the best things to do in Doha.

Walk Around the Souq Waqif

When you walk down the lively streets of Souq Waqif you’re immediately transported into another time.

This is a perfect place where you can taste, smell and experience tradition through the merchant’s produce, perfumes and stunning surrounding architecture.

The labyrinth of small shops offers a wide selection of various products from spices to handicrafts, clothing and many souvenirs.

Traditional art, cultural shows and music enrich the atmosphere of this unique space that also houses a comprehensive visitor center.

The ambiance of the Souq is a mix of modern and traditional. You can dine at upscale restaurants that cater to everyone’s tastes, serving a range of traditional and regional dishes.

It’s not only food that’s garnering all the attention; don’t forget to visit the number of local art galleries and see what’s happening at the falconry market.

Souq Waqif Doha Qatar
Don’t miss out on exploring the Souq Waqif.

Be Amazed by the Pearl Qatar

The Pearl Qatar is a man-made island that became the epitome of luxury.

The yachts, high-end stores and villas in gated communities give you an interesting insight in how the upper class lives.

Even though it’s more on the expensive side, it proved to be a popular dining spot that hosts many restaurants, cafes and restaurants lined along its waterfront promenades cater to every taste.

Nicknamed the “Arabian Riviera”, the Pearl Qatar welcomes large numbers of tourists that flock each year to enjoy the haute cuisine, high class entertainment and premium lifestyle.

If you want to stay on The Pearl you can book your stay on Wego.

Go On A Sand Dune Adventure

Many of us have daydreamed about riding a camel and going on a desert safari. It’s one of those classic adventurer experiences, and amazingly this is one of the best things to do in Doha.

To truly enjoy nature at its finest and to experience the vast desert, jump into the dune bashing experience outside of the city.

Abandoning the dull tarmac for the adrenaline rush of the dunes, expect breathtaking scenery on a roller-coaster drive across the vast desert.

There are many various ways across the dunes. You can enjoy a smooth ride, or if you’re in for excitement, let your tour agent know that you would prefer to drive a fast and bumpy route.

Desert safaris will offer you a once in a lifetime experience. Walk through the pearly white beaches, and maybe even take a dip in the translucent waters of the Khor Al Udaid,

The best tours will time it so when you start making the round trip back, you will be able to witness the spectacular sunset over Doha.

Book your Doha Safari Tour on Get Your Guide.
Sand Dune Tour Doha Qatar
Sand dune adventures in the Qatari desert are always an amazing experience!

Soak Up the Atmosphere Along the Doha Corniche

A perfect way to enjoy the sights of the beautiful Doha Bay is to take a leisurely stroll along the promenade, the Doha Corniche.

The best spot to take a memorable photo from your trip is to position yourself next to the promenade, close to the Museum of Islamic Art, and from there capture the panoramic view of the skyscrapers.

This is the heart of the capital, and you can find anything you might need. From cafes and restaurants for a short break between sightseeing to large green spaces for relaxation, this is one of the best places to visit in Doha.

Explore the Al Zubarah Fort

No trip to Doha is complete without a visit to the Al Zubarah Fort, located close to the town of Al Ruwais.

The Zubarah Fort is an iconic desert fort of Qatar. Its name was derived from the archaeological site of Al Zubarah town, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The fort is immaculately preserved and is one of the best examples of 18th – 19th-century settlements in the regions.

In the past it was ranked as one of the Gulf’s most important pearl diving and trading centres that were linked to the Indian Ocean, and it was considered a prosperous trading town.

Today the fort serves as a wonderful museum. On the ground floor there’s a small exhibition about the fort and the surrounding area that should not be missed.

It is a very beautiful fort, even though it’s not actually very old. The fort is only an hour’s drive outside of Doha, but it’s definitively worth the visit. 

Have a Look at the Vintage Cars at Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum

The Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum’s (the FBQ Museum for short) collection was a project born out of a passion for art and artefacts of an influential businessman, Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani.

The museum is segregated into four parts: Coins & Currency, Vehicles, Qatar Heritage and Islamic Art. It’s an impressive collection that took years to build up.

You can find items all the way back from the Jurassic period right through to modern day history.

The most impressive part of the museum is the Sheikh’s astonishing car collection, that counts more than six hundred cars. All in perfect working condition!

For every car enthusiast this is the most important exhibit, and you can spend hours marvelling at vehicles spanning from trucks to convertibles, steam cars to limousines!

Spend a Day at the Museum of Islamic Art

The Museum of Islamic Art is considered to be the most important cultural landmark in Qatar, and rightfully so, as the museum presents Islamic art from three continents over a span of 1400 years.

Inside its walls it keeps some of the oldest and most treasured artefacts from all over the Middle East.

Collections that have made the Museum of Islamic Art their home have come from places as fascinating as Turkey, Iran, Egypt and many more, all of them linked through their common Islamic history.

Spend a few hours here and you can see different types of artefacts, calligraphy, ceramics and a lot more. Inside the museum you can also attend a variety of art exhibitions with works form international and local artists.

Museum Of Islamic Architecture
Views of Doha from the Museum of Islamic Architecture.

Visit the Katara Cultural Village

The Katara Cultural Village is also known as the Valley of Cultures, and is the number one place to visit for all thespians, art and architecture enthusiasts, as well as for people passionate about learning other traditions.

The Valley of Cultures is supposed to imitate the Qatari culture via a large space that houses a whole host of activities.

It includes an opera house, an amphitheatre, art galleries, heritage centres, various academic facilities and of course cafes, green areas, museum facilities and an information centre.

The large space was built to commemorate and celebrate not just the Qatari culture but also other civilizations and customs.

So if you wish to enjoy the epitome of Qatari traditional architecture, visit the Katara Cultural Village and enjoy the activities via concerts, exhibitions and other events.

Jump Out Of a Plane Over The city

This one is not for the faint-hearted, and might be one of the most adventurous things to do in Doha!

Jumping out of a plane is usually on everyone’s bucket list, so why not make your first jump high above the futuristic, modern city surrounded by a vast desert with epic views of the Persian Gulf?

Skydiving Qatar has a perfect safety record and their instructors are highly experienced. When you’re done with the museums and restaurants, strap a parachute to your back and head for the skies!

Skydiving Qatar
Why not jump out of plane over the city?

Head to the Top of the Aspire Tower

The Aspire Tower, otherwise known as The Torch Doha, is a 300-metre tall skyscraper hotel, and is best known for being the symbol of the 15th Asian Games hosted by Qatar in 2006.

The tower is the tallest structure and building in Qatar, and is without a doubt worth a visit for a number of reasons.

It is an architectural gem with its modern interiors, panoramic swimming pool on the 19th floor, and an amazing 360 degree rotating restaurant located at the very top to admire the gorgeous view of the city.

If you’re looking for things to do in Doha at night, eating at the rotating restaurant is a great one!

Learn About Falconry at the Falcon Souq

In Qatar owning a falcon is a status symbol.

Currently it is the richest country in the world per capita, and a visit to the city will open your eyes to countless expensive sports cars and world class skyscrapers.

And behind all of these luxuries is a population of wealthy business people and their falcons.

Long time ago when Qatar was just a vast desert its people, the Bedouins, trained falcons for hunting prey. It’s an idea that has lived on.

The continued efforts to preserve falconry is because it’s a vital part of their history and culture. Falconry has even been listed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List for Middle Eastern culture.

In order to preserve the tradition of falconry the government has been actively investing in the Falcon Souq.

At the Falcon Souq there are dozens of shops that specialise in falcons. If by any chance you’re interested in these magnificent creatures you are able to purchase a falcon, or if you’re lucky you will be able to witness their monthly auction where they judge the physical abilities of the falcons.

It’s quite a sight to behold.

Skyscrapers What to Do in Doha Qatar
The architecture in Doha is incredible.

Don’t Miss the Barzan Towers

The Barzan towers were built in the late 1800s (renovated in 1910), and they were used as watchtowers to ward off the possibility of an Ottoman invasion.

Even though the local military had defeated the Ottomans years earlier, the generals still had reasons to be apprehensive, which is why they were constructed.

Over the years the towers have been used for another service – inspecting the new moon during the holy month of Ramadan for accuracy.

The Barzan Towers are a very well-maintained monument with rich and interesting history, and definitely one of the best tourist attractions in Doha.

A visit to the towers are a great opportunity to see what life like was for the pearl divers and military in the bygone years.

You can enter the towers and climb the internal staircases to reach the top level and marvel at the stunning scenery all around you.

Admire the East-West/West-East Artwork

Out in the middle of the Qatari desert is a new sculpture created by Richard Serra, called the “East-West/West-East Artwork”.

Serra always aspired to take the art off the pedestal and into the street, and his latest work achieves that perfectly.

Isolated in the desert you can gaze at his mesmerising sculptures, the four steel plates that are firmly craned into the dunes.

This project spans the greatest area of any of Serra’s creations, and it’s a real must to venture out into the desert and experience it firsthand.

Go Shopping in the Villaggio Mall

The Villagio Mall clearly stands out as something unique when compared to the other Doha shopping malls, and it is one of the most impressive architectural feats in Qatar with its stunning architecture, luxury brands and an exciting range of shopping, dining as well as entertainment options.

The mall is spectacularly designed with a creative ambience that makes you feel as if you’re somewhere in Venice.

The Villagio Mall is so big that it will take you a few hours to explore all of the shops, which range from normal retail to high-end luxury products.

It really is a perfect place for families too, as you can offer your kids a platitude of different activities such as ice skating, bowling and even a roller-coaster!

Doha Streets
The streets of Doha are quite a sight.

That’s it for our list of the best things to do in Doha, Qatar. Have we missed anything? Did this list help you plan your trip? Leave a comment below and let us know!

About the author

Natalia Djajic

Natalia was born in country that no longer exists (Yugoslavia) but grew up in Belgrade, Serbia. Currently she works as a marketing manager at a tour company in Belgrade. Since a young age, she enjoyed travelling and exploring new cultures, which lead her all across Europe and eventually to the US where she spent her summers during her university years. The next stop is Paris, where she will stay for two years to obtain her Masters in management. She loves storytelling and enjoys working as a freelance writer. Her passions are street photography, music festivals and surprisingly, boxing too.

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  1. abdullah

    i wish i will oneday pay visit to this beautiful country.

    Vanessa Koch

    Which form of transportation to get from Doha Airport to those tourist spot like in Villagio Mall and Al Subara and Banzan Towers.



    When it’s middle east you need to get some beautiful henna done. That’s a part of the middle east culture.

      Alesha and Jarryd

      Great tip. Thank you for your comment.


    I also enjoyed these fabulous things in my these tours and have a joyful time with my buddies.


    This trip is being thrown together at the last minute….Thank You so much! Your helpful info was a Godsend! Have a wonderful next trip!

      Alesha and Jarryd

      Glad the article could help. Have a great time. 🙂


    I liked it, but it would be even better if you had a few pictures of every place and destination under the title or in between the text. Cheers


    Lots of interesting things to experience, especially the falconry.


    This is just wonderful Blog, thanks for the great insight and tips. We really appreciate your effort! Keep up the awesome work!

    Michael Novilla

    Excellent blogging here, with real actual useful meat (data), written in a helpful and compelling way!

    Thank you for your help, I’m trying to decide on 3 or 4 days in Qatar.

    Hugs for your efforts!


    Very useful information about Doha, especially “The Aspire Toweris”. I’d love to eat some traditional dishes at the 360 degrees rotating restaurants. What a view that would be!
    Thanks again to share some good information Natalia!

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Thank you so much for reading. Glad you enjoyed the article.

    Naana Badua

    Thanks so much for the information. God willing will be traveling to Doha this weekend and this is very helpful.

      Alesha And Jarryd

      So awesome. We hope you have a lovely trip. 🙂

    Goats On The Road

    Great post, I love the part about the Barzan Towers. I’m definitely going to check this list out when we head to Qatar! Love how in depth it is.

    I read the comments as well and you believe that 2-3 days is a good time. Do you think 4 days is too long?

    Thanks for an awesome post!

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Thanks for reading. That would be a great amount of time for Doha. Hope you have a great trip. 🙂


    Love Doha Airport. My only real memory of Doha itself is paying nearly 14 USD for a beer. Could only find beer in a Western branded hotel. Had to present my passport and then take the elevator to the top floor bar. Needless to say, it was a one and done night.

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Wow what an expensive beer. Definitely a one and done night with that price. Cheers for reading.


    This is just wonderful Blog…and mean while there are many things to do in Doha-Qatar…Lovely blog thanks for sharing!

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Thank you so much. 🙂


    I haven’t been to Qatar yet but it’s definitely on my bucket list, Natalia. Seeing your stunning pictures of Doha whetted my appetite. How many days would you recommend staying n Doha to see all the highlights?

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Hi Lydia, thank you for your comment. We think about 2 – 3 days. Have a great time. 🙂

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