Things to do in Doha

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Doha, capital of the peninsular Arabian Gulf country Qatar, is a modern city on Doha Bay. Ringing its downtown waterfront are numerous parks and the Corniche Promenade. On a man-made island, the I.M. Pei–designed Museum of Islamic Art houses an extensive collection from across the Muslim world. At Souq Waqif, a traditional market, vendors offer goods like clothing, crafts and spices.

Souq Waqif - If you are looking for a wonderful place to shop, to dine, to explore or simply sitting at one of the many attractive outdoor cafe to watch the world pass by, look nowhere but Souq Waqif in Doha. For centuries, this location has been a souq for Bedouin (nomads who have historically inhabited the Arabian and Syrian Deserts.) to take the wool and animals to trade for daily necessities.  With time pass, the souq started to run down and has almost get to the point of being demolished.  Luckily, in 2004, it was decided to preserve this historical site so the entire market area has been renovated and restored according to the traditional Qatari architectural techniques.  It’s probably the only traditional souq left in the Gulf.

Aspire Park -  This massive green oasis lies hidden behind the Villaggio and Hyatt plaza, Doha's popular shopping malls in the Aspire zone. The Park is the biggest in the city which isn't classified as a tourist attraction as such. However, it stands as a splendid contrast to the characteristic surrounding desert landscape and is an exceptional jewel to realize and experience whilst in Doha.

Museum of Islamic Art - is a museum located on one end of the seven kilometers long Corniche in the Qatari capital, Doha. As with the architect I. M. Pei's requirement, 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.

MIA Park - is adjacent to the Museum of Islamic Art where you can stroll, participate in activities or just gaze at te Doha skyline from the best vantage point in the city.  MIA Park is the perfect place to take a stroll or for your children to run around in complete safety. The park is open 24 hours per day.

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.  Mathaf in Arabic translates to museum.  There are over 9,000 works of art in the museum.

Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque also called State Grand Mosque - is the national mosque of Qatar.  It is named after a Sunni Muslim preacher and scholar from Majd. The mosque opened in 2011 and is built in traditional Arab style with modern featers.  The mosque covers 175,164 square miles, has 28 large domes over the central hall while 65 domes cover the outer quadrangle.  The mosque can hold a congregation of 30,000 people.

Katara Mosque - Katara Masjid is one of the most beautiful Masjids in Qatar. Designed by globally-known Turkish mosque designer, Zainab Fadil Oglu.
​The decorations of the Masjid of Katara were designed by a team of restoration specialists from Dolma Palace in Istanbul. The mosque features an outer surface garnished with turquoise and purple mosaic, and a wonderful interior design that adds even more glamour. The interior and exterior architectural designs, together with the minaret, the dome, and the prayer niche (mihrab) are all inspired by several famous mosques found in various cities and capitals of the Muslim world. In addition to these notable aspects, the masjid abounds with artistic handicrafts, such as ornaments, inscriptions, and mosaic tiles.

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