Exploring Through Doha – Qatar’s Capital City

Exploring Through Doha – Qatar’s Capital City

Written By: Merci

If you have never heard of Doha, you might not be alone. If I told you that it was a capital city of Qatar, you might be a little bit more familiar. Doha is a growing and modern city in the Persian Gulf and is on track to becoming one of destination cities in the region within a few short years.

I had the pleasure of visiting Doha a year ago and after learning that it was growing and becoming even more popular I am glad that I decided to see it so that I could still enjoy its quieter roots before it completely became a destination unto itself. The thing I love about the city in particular is that it has so much of its authentic heritage and culture woven in everywhere you turn. The Islamic influence and Arab culture allows you to enjoy the region as if you were stepping back in time -- there is still plenty of the old world mixed in with newly modern buildings and points of interest. Visiting many of the Middle Eastern countries, as well as those in the Persian Gulf region, it’s quite fascinating to see the new and modern crop up around the old world architecture and artifacts that have been there for thousands of years. It allows you to enjoy both aspects of a destination and Doha is no different.

Since so few know a lot about the city, I thought it would be a good idea to give some tips about what you should explore if you are making your way through Qatar and stopped to see what Doha has to offer you.

SOUQ WAQIF

This historic market is more than 100 years old and offers a cultural and historical blend between old and new in a small area. While you’ll definitely find some of the more modern conveniences -- and were talking about coffee shops like Dunkin’ Donuts -- there are still many aspects of the market that allow you to get an idea of what life was like hundreds of years ago. Spend time browsing the various vendors and stalls that make up the markets and soak in all of the different tapestries and spices for sale and incense – it’s truly a sensory experience to walk through a Souq, and one that you want to be sure and add to any of your travel itinerary if you’re visiting Doha or Qatar in general.

MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART

Whenever I visit a new city or destination, I always make an effort to visit at least one museum that gives me a little bit of context and history over the city, country or even the region. The Museum of Islamic Arts is one of prized destinations in Doha and contains a vast collection of beautiful Islamic artwork, including jewelry, pottery, tools used throughout the Middle East, and even ancient sculptures. The museum is free to visit and at the rate that Islamic art is being destroyed throughout the world, it’s definitely worth taking the time to check out just in case it’s not there decades from now. I also am of the opinion that visiting museums to understand different cultures and religions helps each of us to have more understanding and tolerance as a global citizen. Whatever your viewpoints might be, understanding those around you is one of the best ways that we can all work together and achieve a more peaceful existence.

HEAD OUT TO THE DUNES!

When you visit a country in the Persian Gulf region, you’re going to be surrounded by plenty of sand dunes. While they look impressive from a distance, you’ll definitely need to get out and explore them up close and personal -- I suggest booking a safari or private tour with a reputable company so that you can have a fun and safe trip exploring outside the city limits. These tours will pick you up from the hotel and take you out for a daylong adventure -- if you aren’t ready for a little bit of an adrenaline rush, I would suggest staying behind! However, you only live life once and exploring the sand dunes outside of Doha and then enjoying a kebab lunch is just so perfect if you want to experience the region properly.

At the rate of Doha’s growing there’s always plenty for you to see and experience on any budget -- my advice would be to visit Qatar sooner rather than later to take advantage of some of these cost savings before it becomes really popular.

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Countries: Qatar
Cities: Doha
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