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Unlike some of its counterparts along the Persian Gulf, Doha is a rapidly modernizing city wrapped around a core of culture and tradition. While brand new skyscrapers light up West Bay and Pearl-Qatar, the capital of Qatar showcases its culture proudly at institutions such as the National Museum of Qatar and Katara Cultural Village. Then there are Doha attractions like Souq Waqif, which offers a bit of both past and present with its traditional market, center that highlights the national pastime of falconry, and modern restaurants.
Doha swelters under the summer sun thanks to its desert climate. At its hottest in July, the city experiences an average temperature of 99°F (37°C) and average highs of 105°F (41°C). Summer is also when sand storms are most likely to occur.
For this reason, the winter months of October to March are generally seen as the best time to visit Doha, with far more agreeable temperatures for daytime sightseeing. Winter also holds some of Doha’s most celebrated festivals, such as the Qatar International Food Festival in late March and the Katara Dhow Festival in early December.
The relatively new Doha Metro makes it easy for travelers to explore the city independently. It currently has three lines that connect many of the city’s main attractions across Downtown Doha, West Bay, and Katara, with the Red Line terminating at Doha’s Hamad International Airport for easier airport connections. To reach other parts of Doha, you’ll need to rely on taxis or Uber (the main rideshare service in Qatar), as Doha isn’t the most pedestrian-friendly city.
When planning your sightseeing in Doha, remember that weekends in Qatar take place on Friday and Saturday. Many businesses and some attractions such as museums won’t open until Friday afternoon due to the Friday midday prayer, or Jummah.
Yes, Doha is worth visiting. The city is a great choice if you’d like to visit a very safe Middle Eastern city and are interested in learning about Qatar’s culture, visiting an ultra-modern city, or upscale shopping with a lot of range. Doha also serves as a less busy alternative to other Persian Gulf cities....More
Tourists in Doha have a broad range of entertaining activities to choose from. Walk the city’s waterfront for sweeping views of the Corniche and modern West Bay skyline. Learn more about the culture of Qatar and the Middle East at world-class museums such as the Museum of Islamic Art, or experience it in person at Souq Waqif....More
There are many fun things to do in Doha, depending on what your interests are. Shop a storm at the upscale boutiques at the Villaggio Mall (where you can even go on an indoor gondola ride) or look for fine jewelry at the Gold Souq. Get a crazy photo and trick your senses at the Museum of Illusions Doha....More
Yes, although there are very specific rules around drinking in Doha as Qatar is an Islamic country. The legal drinking age in Qatar is 21 years old and a photo ID is required to be shown. Alcohol is only to be consumed in designated places such as hotels and bars, and it is illegal to be publicly intoxicated....More
No, not really. Doha is a sprawling city and places of interest can be several miles apart, such as Downtown Doha and West Bay. Aside from the distance, you also have to contend with crossing major roadways where car traffic is prioritized and limited shade from the hot weather....More
Two days in Doha is enough time to visit the main places of interest around Downtown Doha—including its museums and markets—see the Corniche waterfront, and visit outer attractions such as the Katara Cultural Village. Visit Doha for longer, though, and you’ll have time for day trips to see other parts of Qatar as well....More