Doha City Guide

Doha City Guide
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General Information / Guide

Doha is the capital and largest city of Qatar, located along the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in the Persian Gulf. It is a rapidly growing metropolis that seamlessly blends modernity with its rich cultural heritage. Doha is known for its futuristic skyscrapers, world-class museums, pristine beaches, cultural attractions, and opportunities for desert safaris. The city attracts tourists from around the world with its unique blend of tradition and innovation.


Climate / Weather / When to Go

Doha experiences a desert climate, with extremely hot summers and mild winters. The best time to visit Doha is during the winter months, from November to April when the weather is pleasant and conducive to outdoor activities. Daytime temperatures during this period typically range from 20°C to 25°C. Summers can be scorching, with temperatures often exceeding 40°C.


How to Get There

Hamad International Airport is located about 15 kilometers from the Doha city center, and it serves as a transit hub to major cities worldwide. The airport is well-connected to the city center, which is approximately a 20-minute drive away. From the airport, you can easily reach the city center via taxis, rental cars, or airport shuttles. 


Food / Restaurants / What to Eat and Drink

Doha offers a diverse culinary experience with a blend of local Qatari dishes and international cuisine. Traditional Qatari dishes include Machboos (spiced rice with meat), Madrouba (fermented yogurt dish), and Harees (a dish made from wheat and meat). Don't miss the chance to savor traditional Qatari sweets like luqaimat and kunafa. 
You can also savor authentic Arabic dishes at places like Al Tawash Restaurant. For international flavors, try La Mar for Peruvian cuisine or Nobu for Japanese-Peruvian fusion. You can find many dining options, from street food stalls to upscale restaurants, making Doha a food lover's paradise. Doha is also known for its luxurious brunches and afternoon teas at high-end hotels.


Important Places / Places to Visit

  • Museum of Islamic Art: This iconic museum showcases an extensive collection of Islamic art and artifacts. The architectural marvel of the building itself is must-see.
  • Souq Waqif: This bustling traditional market is a treasure trove of spices, textiles, and local handicrafts. Stroll through its winding alleys and savor Qatari cuisine at its many restaurants.
  • The Pearl-Qatar: A luxurious man-made island, The Pearl offers upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment, along with beautiful waterfront views.
  • Katara Cultural Village: A hub for arts and culture, Katara hosts various events, exhibitions, and theaters. Explore its amphitheater, galleries, and traditional Qatari architecture.
  • Aspire Park: This lush green park is an oasis in the city, perfect for picnics, leisurely walks, and outdoor activities.
  • Corniche Promenade: Enjoy a scenic walk along the picturesque Corniche, which offers stunning views of the city skyline and the Gulf.
  • Al Zubarah Fort: A UNESCO World Heritage site that offers a glimpse into Qatar's history.
  • Desert Safari: Explore the stunning Qatari desert and experience activities like dune bashing, camel riding, and sandboarding.


What to Do

Doha stands out from other cities in the Persian Gulf by combining the modern landscape and traditional structures, offering an exceptional experience for its visitors. The city features new skyscrapers in West Bay and Pearl-Qatar, but also proudly displays its culture at places like the National Museum of Qatar and Katara Cultural Village. You can also explore the mix of past and present in Doha, thanks to attractions like Souq Waqif, where you'll find a traditional market, learn about the national tradition of falconry, and enjoy modern restaurants.  
You can visit the futuristic Msheireb Downtown Doha, enjoy water sports at Katara Beach, or take a desert safari to experience the unique Qatari desert landscapes. Also, you can explore the impressive Qatar National Library, or relax in Aspire Park. For adventure enthusiasts, consider jet skiing or kite surfing along the coast. Doha also hosts various cultural events, art exhibitions, and music festivals, so be sure to check the local events calendar during your visit.


Nightlife / Bars / Entertainment

Doha offers many options for the different needs of its visitors. While public alcohol consumption is prohibited, you can still visit rooftop bars, clubs, and bars. Society Lounge is the rooftop lounge of the Hilton and has a bar, but generally is very crowded. Oxygen Club and Sky View Bar are famous venues of La Cigale Hotel and offer great music, drinks, and entertainment.
 If you do not like those options, many hotels and restaurants offer non-alcoholic beverages, and you can enjoy shisha at cafes. You can also attend live music performances or have a break with Arabic coffee and desserts at various venues. Qatar also hosts international events, so check if there's a concert or show happening during your stay.


Shopping / What to Buy

Doha offers a great shopping experience for all its visitors, from numerous modern malls where you can find local and international brands, to traditional markets and souks for authentic products. Souq Waqif is the place to go for traditional Qatari products, which is one of the most famous spots to visit while in Doha. You can find different garments, perfumes, spices, souvenirs, jewelry, and more. While the overall experience is worth visiting by itself, remember to shop for unique Qatari handicrafts and souvenirs.
Villaggio Mall, Mall of Qatar, and Lagoona Mall cater to those seeking international brands and luxury goods. For high-end shopping, head to malls, where you'll find designer brands and luxury items. Don't forget to check out the Gold Souq for exquisite jewelry and precious gold items.


Festivals/ Events

December- January: Souq Waqif Spring Festival
February- March: Doha Cultural Festival
March: Aspire International Kite Festival
March- April: Qatar International Food Festival
March- April: Al-Shahaniya Camel Racing
October- November: Qatar International Art Festival
November: Ajyal Film Festival
December: Katara Traditional Dhow Festival


Holidays / Festivals / Important Days

Second Tuesday in February: National Sports Day
18 December: Qatar National Day
Eid al-Fitr
Eid al-Adha


Things to Pay Attention to / Important Information

Doha is a safe and welcoming city, but it's essential to respect local customs and traditions. Dress modestly in public places, especially when visiting mosques or traditional areas. Alcohol is only served in licensed hotels and restaurants. Pay attention to the conservative culture and act accordingly.



Doha offers a modern and efficient transportation system, including buses and a rapidly expanding metro network. Taxis are readily available, and many drivers use meters for fares. Rental cars and ride-sharing apps are also popular choices for getting around the city.

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