With nearly two million people, Qatar has been named the richest country in the world by Forbes Magazine for the past three consecutive years. With the highest GDP per capita in the world, Qatar is divided into seven municipalities. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is where most of the locals and ex-pats are generally concentrated. December to April is the most ideal time to visit Qatar. During this time, the weather is quite cold because around the same time that the weather system that begins in Siberia has started to take place as the cold front spreads across the region to the Middle East. Almost all areas in Qatar can be reached by bus or taxi. Let’s start our journey and wander around some of the great places in Qatar:
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It is home to several historical works of art and relics from the Middle East. The museum has a rich heritage of Qatar and much of the Arab world. Designed by Leoh Ming Pei, a Chinese-American architect often referred to as a master of modern architecture who designed the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, it is on the edge of Doha Harbor. Apart from a library, the museum has a restaurant where you can dine with French Mediterranean dishes with an Arabic touch.
Perhaps the most famous and most accessible of all tourist destinations, especially for the locals, it is known for its scenic location where Qatar’s spectacular skyscrapers can be vividly viewed. The 7km horseshoe-shaped stretch along the coastline of Doha Bay and the coast of the city is a haven for picnic activities, jogging and walking.
Also known as the Aspire Hotel, this 300-meter-tall skyscraper was built in time for the 15th Asian Games. With its unique shape of a colossal torch, this artwork structure shows a different spectrum of vibrant LED lights of different colors that light up at night, which are almost visible in almost all parts of Doha.
This is home to native products from Qatar and some of its neighbors. With distinctive designs on the veneer, the buildings show an old Qatar. It is a shopping destination known for selling traditional clothing, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs. It is also home to dozens of restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world. It is now considered one of the major tourist destinations within Doha.
One of the largest malls in Qatar, this Italian-inspired shop was razed to the ground in 2012 by fire. Although many insinuated that it would be closed for good, people were ecstatic when the mall finally reopened in the last quarter of 2012. the excitement was enjoyed by the most enthusiastic customers.
As the name suggests, it is the largest mosque in Qatar. Construction of this beautiful iconic structure was completed in mid-2011 in time for the celebration of the holy month of Ramadan. Best known for its large multi-domed roof and with a total area of over 176,000 square meters, it houses a number of facilities, including a prayer hall that can accommodate 11,000 people at a time. It has a minaret of 65 meters high.
It is located in the northern part of Qatar, 50 kilometers from Doha. A 45-minute drive from Doha, Al Khor offers a city-wide experience like in Doha. It is home to some shops and well-known food chains in the country. Ras Laffan, one of the largest liquefied natural gas producers in Qatar, is only 30 km from the city itself.
Like Al Khor, traveling along the sea line makes it even more exciting. Located on the southeastern side of Qatar, some of Al Wakra’s infamous sea lines promise a unique experience. Some of the most nerve-racking actions take place here. The most popular is to drive an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) over the loose sand and rugged terrain on top of a hill or just watch the locals perform breathtaking car maneuvers on the same terrain.
Dukhan, home of Qatar Petroleum, one of the world’s leading oil and gas producers, is just 1 km away from Hawar Island, the closest area of Bahrain to Qatar. In addition, construction of the road connecting Qatar and Bahrain is now underway as part of the multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects to be undertaken in preparation for Qatar 2022 and to connect the rest of the Arab countries with Qatar to connect. The newly constructed highway is also ideal for travel and sightseeing. Along the highway on the way to and from Doha, you will have the chance to peek at one of the world’s most fascinating animals – the camel.
If you want to see the picturesque view of Doha, for a few cents, it is best to take a ride aboard the “Karwa Bus”. You can see all of Qatar better in less than a day.
There are many equally exciting things to do in Qatar. From shopping, shopping hopping and walking all over the Doha Corniche, Qatar is a truly exciting place.