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Attractions

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Discover the best attractions in Qatar which till this day, remains a mystery to many travelers.  From ancient to unique modern, Qatar's must-see list just seems to go on; here's our take on some of the top attractions to be found.

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National Museum of Qatar

An exhibit focused on Qatar's history and heritage to celebrate the nation's past, present and future on the world stage with thrilling and educational experiences inside.

Opening Hours:

Saturdays to Thursday: 09:00 - 19:00

Fridays: 13:30 - 19:00

Museum of Islamic Arts

With the largest collections of beautiful Islamic arts derived from three continents, this gorgeous museum is filled with rich treasures and hidden gems. The Museum of Islamic Arts was designed by the architect of the Louvre pyramid in Paris and built to look like a postmodern fortress with views across the water. Around the Museum there are free guides in both English and Arabic on Thursdays at 2pm. Men and women should avoid strappy tops and shorts because you may be refused for admission.

Opening Hours:

Monday to Wednesday: 10:00 - 15:00

Thursday: 10:00 - 19:00

Friday - Saturday: 10:00 - 14:00

Sunday: Closed

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MIA Park

Located right by the Museum of Islamic Arts, MIA Park is one of the most serene green spaces along the Doha waterfront. Locals and tourists can stroll and participate in activities or just sit, relax, and gaze at the Doha skyline from the best vantage point in the city.

Opening Hours:

Daily: 24 Hours

Qatar National Library

Known to be one of the best libraries in the world, this incredible spaceship looking landmark contains over two million books. Here you can find ancient maps, Qurans as well as literature that dates back all the way to the 15th century. The Qatar National Library also includes a children's library, cafeteria-style restaurant and recording studios free to the public, noting that only Qatari residents may borrow items from the building.

Opening Hours:

Sunday to Thursday: 08:00 - 20:00

Friday - Saturday: Closed

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Katara Beach

If you fancy a swim but don't want to go too far from the city, the 1.5km beach at Katara Cultural Village is a pleasant sandy stretch, where visitors can stroll, sit or engage in their choice of activities. Beach and watersports equipment and inflatable play structures for kids are readily available and affordable for rental.

Women are not permitted to swim here unless they are completely covered. Men aren't allowed to wear speedos.

Opening Hours:

Daily: 24 Hours

Katara Village

Katara is a self-styled cultural village, boarded by a vast beach on one side and the twin Katara hills on the other. Katara is Doha’s go to destination for art, culture, shopping and cuisine.  

Opening Hours:

Daily: 24 Hours

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Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum

Offering a rare opportunity to step into a rich sheikh’s property to have peek at his personal belongings; Sheikh Faisal has spent a lifetime collecting such valuable things and artefacts that include traditional carpets, furniture, antiques, ancient tapestries, Bedouin outfits and a Syrian house located inside the museum. The seemingly endless display also includes dozens of classic American cars, dhows, motorbikes, full-sized stuffed camels, and other desert creatures.

Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 09:00 - 16:30

Friday: 14:00 - 19:00

Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00

Saturday: 09:00 - 16:00

Banana Island Resort

Banana Island is a small crescent-shaped territory located off the coast of Doha. The island covers only 13 hectares and has a spectacular reef and a gorgeous resort built by Anantara. The Banana Island Resort Doha is a hideaway in true Arabian luxury with 141 rooms, suites, pool villas, and overwater floating villas that set the mood for romance or any unforgettable holiday with family and friends.

Opening Hours:

Daily: 24 Hours

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Located at the end of the Museum of Islamic Arts is 7 by Richard Serra. Here all visitors can walk through this 80-foot magnificent sculpture made of seven steel plates - a number with such special significance in the Qatari and Islamic culture. When seen from inside the structure, the beams of steel seem to connect at the top in a heptagon.

Opening Hours:

Daily: 24 Hours

Doha Corniche

The Doha corniche is a waterfront public walk that extends seven kilometers along Doha Bay in the capital city of Qatar, Doha. Annual celebrations of national holidays are centered here. It is a popular tourist and leisure attraction wonderful for late-afternoon strolls in its pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and views.

Opening Hours:

Daily: 24 Hours

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Imam Muhammad Ibn Abd Al Wahhab Mosque

The national mosque of Qatar, the largest in the nation boasts a striking architectural design with a giant fort-like appearance and dozens of domes. With a capacity of 30,000 worshippers in its grand white prayer hall that is covered in red carpets and beautiful chandeliers. At night, these domes and lights are illuminated and can be seen on the horizon for miles. Worshipers are only allowed outside for prayer time and must even book in advance by calling ahead or arranging with a local tour agency. 

Opening Hours:

Daily: Hours or services may differ

The Pearl Monument

It is said that this fountain pays homage to Qatar's history of pearling, the primary industry before oil. The inspiration of the Pearl Monument in Doha was due to yearly seasonal activities and professions of Pearl Diving in Qatar's rich waters; the fountain sculpture depicts a giant open oyster presenting a massive pearl in its mouth that lights up at night. The significance of this giant monument is still honored in Qatar to a point where a luxurious artificial island called The Pearl was built over one of the nation’s major pearl-diving sites to host an annual Qatar Marine Festival and other prime events.

Opening Hours:

Daily: 24 Hours

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Aspire Park

Located in the Aspire Zone in southern Doha, covering an area of 88 hectares which makes it the city’s biggest park. This is a great place for family picnics in the outdoor breeze while overlooking beautiful fountains, playgrounds and coffee shops.

Opening Hours:

Daily: 24 Hours

Museum of Illusions

The Museum of Illusions in Doha invites all generations to be brave enough to jump on an illusion trip. Suitable for educational and entertaining tours to experience fun with friends and family. With a variety of collections of brain bashers, holograms and optical illusions that will teach you about your vision, perception, the human brain and science, this genuine heritage of a showpiece will most certainly make your jaw drop.

Opening Hours:

Saturdays to Thursday: 09:00 - 22:00

Fridays: 13:00 - 22:00

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Msheireb Museums

The Msheireb Museum is formed of several houses that were built with a Qatari theme and style. The Museum is a restored family home that was structured around a central and open space to allow visitors to have a look at the traditional life in Qatar, along with the changing of norms in the domestic life.

Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 09:00 - 17:00

Friday: 15:00 - 21:00

Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00

Sunday: Closed

Fanar Qatar

Al-Fanar Islamic Cultural Center is one of the most well-known landmarks in Doha, Qatar. In this leveled cake-shaped building, Muslims and non-Muslim visitors are offered extended courses on the Islamic faith along with educational language courses, activities, exhibitions, tours of the culture and welcoming visits to the mosques.

Opening Hours:

Sunday to Thursday: 07:15 - 13:15

Friday - Saturday: Closed

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