The countries located on the southern coasts of the Persian Gulf are among the most fast-growing countries in the world. There are cities all over the Gulf that are among the most advanced and most popular travel destinations in the world. Being one of the top names in every list is something really hard, and Doha, the magnificent Qatari capital is always making it.
You just need one visit to the city to see how beautiful it is. It looks like a city that comes right from the future. With amazing attractions all around it, it is hard to make a plan and pay a visit to all of them in just one trip. That is why among the millions of people who are visiting Doha, there is a remarkable percent of them that are visiting Doha for a second or third time. This way they can see what they have left behind in their last travel to this fantastic city.
Together with Vigan in the Philippines, La Paz in Bolivia, Durban in South Africa, Havana in Cuba, Beirut in Lebanon and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Doha is one of the New7Wonders Cities of the world. These titles and the cities that share it with Doha show how wonderful this city is.
It does not matter what you are looking for during your visit, Doha homes to the best ones of them. If it is shopping that you would like to do, Doha has the likes of the Souq Waqif that are fabulous. If you want beaches, Doha has the best resorts in the Middle East. If you are looking for a unique experience, the sand dunes and safaris are an entirely different story in Doha. There are still more and more attractions in Doha that you will probably fall in love with them.
In this article, we will introduce some of the best attractions in Doha, the wonderful pearl of the Persian Gulf and the fantastic capital of Qatar. With the information provided here, you will know why it is a wise decision to visit the city, and on the other hand, will know more about the top landmarks of it. You will also have a list of the best attractions in Doha that you need to visit in order not to regret missing them.
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Doha Corniche: A perfect crescent with a perfect view
Without the shadow of a doubt, with numerous rivals still in the city, Doha Corniche is one of the best landmarks of Doha.
Doha Corniche is essentially a seafront promenade that is located on the Persian Gulf coast. With the shape of a crescent and stretching for around 7 kilometers, this adorable promenade is a fabulous place for everyone who is in the city to enjoy the beauty of Doha.
Watching the magnificent waters of the Persian Gulf while walking in this scenic promenade is one of the most favorite activities in Doha. There are some popular views especially the West Bay where you can see the landscape of iconic skyscrapers.
Doha Corniche is best to be visited in the afternoon through the time sun is going to set and further in the night when it gets dark and the city is starting to shine with its lights. On Fridays, as the Qatari weekend, families from different nationalities come to Doha Corniche and the atmosphere turns into one of the most pleasing ones.
Doha Corniche is among the top attractions of the city that you should not miss visiting. Try to put it at the top of your list, so that you will not regret missing it.
Souq Waqif: A paradise for those who love shopping
Souq Waqif is one of the most atmospheric landmarks not only in Doha but also in the entire country. With a unique atmosphere that is like nowhere else, you will find out soon why this amazing marketplace is known as the beating heart of Doha.
Souq Waqif is located on a site that was an ancient marketplace of Bedouin. In those days it was the market in which they have traded their sheep and goats, as well as other products with each other. Also, the place is the same, there is, of course, no sign of those kinds of products nowadays.
The Souq Waqif is constructed somehow that will bring you back in time. You will see a marketplace built just like an ancient Arabian souq. The color of mud and some architectural style used will help you experience a different experience here in this amazing attraction.
There are some nice shops here in Souq Waqif that make it the perfect place for those who are looking for special souvenirs to bring back home. There are also a variety of things that are provided in the shops that you will fall in love with. From vivid Bukhnoq that Qatari girls used to cover their heads with to the special spices that smell like heaven.
If you have even a little bit of interest in shopping, you will be charmed by the Souq Waqif. Even if you have no interest in shopping, this local marketplace is so wonderful that you must pay a visit to it so that you will not regret missing it.
Aspire Park: A place to entertain everyone
With an area as large as 88 hectares, Aspire Park is one of the most scenic places in the entire country. There are always fantastic views and awe-inspiring landscapes, so you can pay a visit and enjoy a unique experience in Aspire Park.
It does not matter how many friends or family members you are visiting the park with, it does not matter how old are you either. There is always something for anyone in Aspire to be happy with. The things Aspire Park offers range from tracks for running and walking to exercise equipment and children’s playgrounds.
There are also some impressive landmarks located in Aspire Park such as the worldly known Tower of Torch and the only lake in Doha. The lake is a must-see in Doha. This is where you can see different birds like ducks and geese flocking off from the heat of Qatar’s desert to the cool waters of the lake. What can be more scenic than watching the birds bathing in the cool waters, in the heart of a hot country?
The park also homes to some fabulous eateries that you can try delicious Qatari culinary in them, as well as some international dishes from all over the world.
Aspire Park usually hosts numerous events and festivals that are nice to see. These events that range from activities related to health to fund runs are usually free to participate. You can simply join and enjoy it.
Gallery Al Riwaq: Somewhere to meet the beauty of art
If you are interested in art, then you probably should pay a visit to the adorable gallery of the art of Doha. This non-profit space is created in order to support contemporary art practice and to promote creativity and art value.
With a diverse schedule of exhibitions, you can be sure that during your stay you will find some works being exhibited that will suit your taste. There also are some big names presenting their impressive works such as Damien Hirst and Takashi Murakami.
Even if you are not interested in art galleries, we suggest visiting the adorable Gallery al Riwaq. It is a picturesque landmark with fabulous architecture that you definitely will find it interesting.
Aspire Tower: A shining remnant of the good days
Aspire tower is an iconic tower that is located in the heart of Doha, right in the middle of the famous Aspire Park. This amazing tower that has a height of 300 meters is currently the highest building in Doha as well as in the entire country of Qatar.
This wonderful tower that is in the shape of a torch, which is the reason why it is also known as the Torch Doha or the Torch Tower and is one of the most famous attractions in Doha.
It was designed by Hadi Simaan the architect and built to serve as the focal point of the 15th Asian Games that was hosted by Qatar back in December 2006. Since then it is working as a luxurious five-star hotel.
This picturesque tower of Doha is something you should definitely pay a visit to while you are in the city.
Golden Mosque: The Islamic spirit of the country
Constructed in a marvelous Ottoman style architecture, this magnificent Islamic mosque is a shining landmark in the heart of Doha.
It is fair to say that the Golden Mosque is the most spectacular Islamic attraction in Qatar, considering that this country does have numerous mosques and Islamic buildings all around it.
As the name of the mosque indicates, you will see the golden color in its exterior. Skillfully built wooden windows and doors, together with beautiful tiles in vivid colors, this mosque is totally awe-inspiring.
The atmosphere, on the other hand, is something adorable that you cannot find anywhere else. It is nice to pay a visit to this mosque so that you can claim you have visited Doha’s every aspect. No visit to this country can be considered complete unless you visit the magnificent Golden Mosque.
The Pearl Monument: Visit the picturesque monument of the city
If you are looking for a spot to take some photos that remind you of your trip to Doha, you must go to the famous Pearl Monument. This adorable monument and fountain is located in the entrance of the dhow harbor and is popular among tourists as the definite spot for photos.
The monument is in the shape of an opened clam and a pearl in its heart. The reason why this monument is built in this shape is that it is refereeing to the older days of Qatar when the main industry of the country was pearling. Pearl is still a symbol of the country.
With numerous attractions in Doha, it is hard to list just a few of them. There are still different Souqs, various resorts and a high number of cultural attractions that are not named here but are totally worth visiting.
In this article, we have talked about the top attractions in the beautiful city of Doha. Although there is still a lot more to talk to, we suggest that no item from this list should be dropped from your list of must-sees in Doha.