Transit in Doha: where to go and what to see in 24, 48 and 72 hours

Transit in Doha: where to go and what to see in 24, 48 and 72 hours

Every day Doha is becoming more and more popular as a transit stop due to its comfortable flight, high level of service, first-class restaurants and rich cultural heritage. But not only: in Qatar, travelers can try kayaking in the mangrove forests, watch the whale shark (in May or June), or visit the Al Zubara Fort, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is only 1.5 hours from Doha. Qatar is a small country, all of its main attractions are within a couple of hours drive from the capital and its international airport.

24 hours in Doha

Morning to art

Immerse yourself in the country's rich cultural heritage at the National Museum of Qatar. The museum was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and is located in the heart of the capital, 10 minutes from Hamad International Airport. The 1.5 km long gallery of the museum is a journey through the mysterious corners of Qatar, where the ancient history of the country and the customs of the people are revealed. Nouvel took the image of the “desert rose” as the basis for the design – a crystalline formation, to which the museum owes its unusual shape, consisting of curved disks intersecting at different angles. Visitors will have the chance to explore the museum's permanent exhibition, which consists of three parts: “Beginning”, “Life in Qatar” and “Modern History of Qatar” – 11 galleries cover the entire history of the peninsula.

Lunch time

Enjoy lunch on Pearl Qatar Island or at one of the city's many gourmet restaurants. International cuisine in the country continues to develop: Doha is home to the world's largest Nobu restaurant, two Gordon Ramsay restaurants, a trendy lounge and STK steakhouse. Enjoy traditional Qatari dishes at Al Mourjan Restaurant, which offers stunning views of the Corniche, or at Shay Al Shoomos in the heart of Souq Waqif, which serves Middle Eastern cuisine and traditional Arabic coffee.

Evening is for fun

In the lively streets of the Souq Waqif market, you can get acquainted with the local culture and architecture, as well as feel the spirit of a real oriental bazaar. The labyrinth of shops has everything the Middle East has to offer. The Gold Souq and the Falcon Market are close to Souq Waqif. Tourists can take the Embrace Qatar Tour to experience the local flavor. Experience Qatar's rich maritime history on a traditional wooden dhow or cruise along the Corniche for scenic views of the city.

48 hours

Day one: mangroves and museums

For the adventurous, start your morning kayaking in the mangrove forests of Al Thaqirah, north of the coastal town of Al Khor, or try one of the water sports offered along the Corniche in central Doha.

After a trip to the mangrove forests, take a sightseeing tour of the city, and then visit the famous Museum of Islamic Art, which turned 10 years old in 2018. Designed by architect Bei Yuming, the original museum exhibits world-class Islamic art from the past 14 centuries.

Day Two : dunes, dunes and safaris

On the second day, head south from Doha to one of the UNESCO heritage sites, the Khor Al Adaid (Inland Sea) Nature Reserve. It is one of only two places in the world where the sea penetrates deep into the heart of the desert. There is no road to these calm expanses of water, you can only get here along the sand dunes.

A trip to the Inland Sea can be combined with an extreme safari tour. Ride a camel, go down the dunes on a sandboard or drive a buggy. You can also watch amazing sunsets in the desert and enjoy a barbeque under the starry sky. /f550x700/6i/5z/6i5zdit291k44c8kss0kk48ck.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>

Transit in Doha: where to go and what to see in 24, 48 and 72 hours

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72 hours

First day: rest on the water

24 hours to explore Banana Island Resort Doha! Indulge in a floating villa experience at the stunning 5-star Anantara Resort in downtown Doha. The resort, which can be reached by private catamaran, is considered an ideal place to practice various water sports, including surfing and diving. It also features a bowling alley, cinema, and the Middle East's only wellness center in a resort area set among lush botanical gardens.

Second day: give away tribute to UNESCO heritage and have fun

On the second day, return to the port of Doha and head north to Al Zubara Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site, or west to see Shakhaniya camel racing (in season) and then on to the Zekrit peninsula . Here you can find pristine beaches, wind-worn cliffs and Richard Serra's impressive East-West/West-East sculpture.

Then, spend the day at the world's first Angry Birds World theme park covering 17,000 sq. m with rides on the theme of the cartoon blockbuster: more than 20 themed activities, including beaches and a trampoline park.

Third day: golf, spa and some art

On the third day, head to the innovative Education City Golf Club in Doha. The club is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, including technology such as TrackMan, where every shot is tracked by radar, and PowerTee, a green golf course with a moving floor to simulate sloping shots. Spend your final day in Doha lounging by the pool or pamper yourself at one of the luxurious spas, such as the new Mandarin Oriental Hotel, located near the market, or the Sharq Village Resort & Spa Ritz-Carlton, the largest in Doha.

Before leaving Doha, be sure to visit the Qatar Cultural Centre, the Educational Center and the beacon of artistic and cultural exchange. The village has wonderful theatres, two mosques, art galleries and an amphitheater that hosts year-round concerts, shows and exhibitions.

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